Better Watch Out: what you need to know

Merry Flexmas to all...

With just one week to go until Zombie LARP: You’d Better Watch Out, we thought we should probably make sure you know everything you need to know to come along and get the most out of the day. Here goes…

Where do I need to be, and when?

You’ll need to be at Friar’s Walk Mall, in Reading – here’s a map, and here’s some more information about the venue from First and Only Airsoft, the guys who run the place. Doors will be open from about 9.30am, and we’re hoping to kick the day off at about 10.30am. We’ll run one session before an hour’s break for food, two sessions in the afternoon then another break to catch our breath before the final session. We reckon we’ll be all finished and sorted before 8pm. We’ll definitely be done by 9.

What do I need to wear?

Wear comfortable, sensible clothes and shoes that you can run around in. The Mall is pretty dusty, you may well fall over or need to be on the floor, and we will be giving out handfuls of sticky fake blood, so make sure they’re clothes that can stand a bit of a beating. If you want to wear a costume, that’d be brilliant – we love it when people turn up in costumes, and we know a few folks have some absolutely fantastic ones lined up – but we don’t want you to feel like you have to. If you’re asked to play a special character, we’ll make sure we have costumes available.

Is there food?

We’ll be laying on tea, coffee, crisps, biscuits, and assorted other snacks, but we can’t provide you with a proper meal. We’re sorry about that. The Mall is slap-bang in the middle of Reading centre, and there will be plenty of time to go grab a meal – or if you’d rather bring your own food, feel free.

What should I bring with me?

  • Sensible clothes
  • Food and drinks
  • A torch

Can/should I bring my own weapons?

We have enough weapons – just about – to kit everyone out. But if you’ve got NERF guns or other foam firers, or LARP-safe melee weapons, please feel free to bring them along. If you’re happy for other people to use them, we’d be very glad of the extra load-out. We’ll check them in at the start of the day, and make sure they get back to you at the end. If you want to play with them yourself but would rather not have them available for public use, we’ll still ask you to check them in so we can keep the game balanced and make sure any mods are safe – we’ll just make sure we put them safely away when you’re not using them.

I’m crewing – what do I need to do?

If you can turn up early, that’d be much appreciated. Everything else, we’ll explain to you on the day. Thank you in advance for being awesome.

I want to film or take photos – is that OK?

That’s totally awesome. We’d really appreciate it if we could post up links – with full credit – to your videos and/or pics after the event, so send us some links when you upload them. Some of the best images in the past have come from people recording the event in character, as players – if that’s something you want to do, please go ahead. And bear in mind the game can get quite physical and is always very fast-paced, and while everyone will do their best to be careful, you will be using your kit at your own risk.

Wait, what? I don’t even have a ticket yet!

Well, hurry up! There’s still a few left – you can buy them here.

If you have any more questions we haven’t answered here, leave a comment and let us know.