We want you to have fun creating a character to play at Dystopia Rising New Jersey. To help you create them, we've provided some guidelines below to help you make your designs.

Some concepts are not appropriate for your characters under any circumstances, so we'll start there.

CONCEPTS NOT APPROVED FOR PLAY AT DR:NJ

Characters physically or mentally under the age of 18. Dystopia Rising New Jersey allows for players under the age of 18 to play with parental/guardian permission and those 16 years or younger must have parent/guardian with them at event. Players 18+ are restricted from playing characters that are younger than 18. Players and characters under the age of 18 are barred from any form of intimate or romantic roleplay of ANY kind.

Slaves and Slaveholders. While there may be many characters in our setting who were once slaves or have had experience with slavery in their backgrounds, no character in our setting may currently be enslaved to or enslave any character or non player character. Background experience and involvement with slavery should ideally be grandparents or further back. Slavery, in particular chattel style slavery, has a horrific history in the United States and we have chosen to minimize the impact of this concept in our local setting.

Concepts strongly influenced by real world cultures. There are real world populations with a rich and beautiful culture that remain extremely important to them as well as those who have been oppressed historically and into the present day. Be mindful of appropriation of real world cultural aspects of these peoples. Under no circumstances should players play as insulting caricatures of these many diverse cultures.

Characters that are a parody or use parody of real world religion or spirituality. People of all religious backgrounds are welcome to play at Dystopia Rising: New Jersey and we wish to respect those beliefs. Please do not include caricatures of modern day religions and beliefs in your character concept.

Characters that use the Confederate flag in their costuming. The Confederate flag is an emotionally charged symbol for many. We have chosen to exclude its use or reference in the Dystopia Rising: New Jersey setting. Please do not include this in your costuming or props in any form.

Background concepts that include sexual assault. As mentioned in our Ingredients List, this theme is not one explored in any chapter of Dystopia Rising. Please do not include this type of experience in your character’s concept or background.


Strain Restrictions

There are three levels of approval in regards to strains. These strains will be approved or denied based on what DR NJ finds as appropriate in regards to story and genre.  In addition, more complex strains are restricted as to ensure that the presentation of individual strains matches what is appropriate for genre materials.  As further strains become available to Dystopia Rising Larp as a whole, those strains will be added to this four stage approval list. 

(Please use these restrictions as well as the RULEBOOK when creating your character)


Open Approval:

The following strains may be played by anyone.  These strains require no background nor approval.

Bay Walker
Genjian
Iron Slave
Lascarian
Merican
Nation of Accensor
Natural One
Red Star
Remnant
Retrograde
Rover
Yorker


Limited Approval

Limited Approval characters require an approved background before they will be considered for play.  Limited approval character backgrounds must exemplify the players knowledge of Dystopia Rising genre and world materials.  Limited Approval characters must abide by high standards of role play and appropriate costume to be allowed to continue in game.  

Pure Bloods

Vegasian

Semper Morte

Diesel Jocks

Saltwise

 

While Semper Mort no longer require AP to play, they are still rare in game and the number of approvals will be limited. 


Restricted Approval

Restricted Approval characters require an approved background before they will be considered for play.  Limited approval character backgrounds must exemplify the players knowledge of Dystopia Rising genre and world materials.  Limited Approval characters must abide by high standards of role play and appropriate costume to be allowed to continue in game.  In addition, players that wish to play a Restricted Approval strain must also expend 300 assistance points upon approval.  Players must have at least 300 assistance points earned before applying for one of the following strains:

Full Dead

Reclaimers

 

These are both extremely rare in our in-game area, so the number of total in play will be very limited. 

 

Not Approved for Play at DR: NJ

While these strains will be able to travel into our game from other games, they will not be approved to local players for play.  This is primarily due to the style, focus, and themes of the DR NJ game.  Strains that are traditionally located in different areas, are restricted in their travels, or are not appropriate for the local culture will not be allowed.

Solestros

Unborn of Teixiptla

 

Assistance points may be earned by assisting the game with set up, going above and beyond normal player standards, assisting with additional NPC shifts, or by helping with game requested donations (see forums for donation list) or approved charities.