Commonly Asked Questions


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Where do I check in for the first time?

Check-in for new players occurs at a building called "The Fish Bowl" or "The House." Here, you can set up your bunk and also receive help creating your player number, your character, and getting set up with starter item cards.

Do I need to bring my own phys reps for weapons?

Yes, you need to bring your own boffer-safe weapons. For bow phys reps, please do not bring an actual bow. Instead, bring something to represent a bow without a string and use blue packets for the "arrows." For the skill Brawling, make sure to bring white boffers (exact lengths can be found within the rule book). All boffer weapons will be checked for safety ahead of time.

Where's a good site to get boffer/latex weapons?

There are several sites where you can order boffer/latex weapons. Medieval Collectibles has a range of latex weapons to choose from (the foam-injected weapons sometimes do not pass safety, so please steer toward latex weapons). We also have a variety of crafters who can help you out on the Facebook group, Dystopia Rising Crafting Group.

Will I have a bed as a new player?

There are several bunk beds available in the Fish Bowl/The House (the new player building). Bring bedding/a sleeping bag as well as any toiletries and other items you'll need for overnight camping.

Pre-reg doesn't seem to be open! What's up with that?

If pre-reg is sold out or doesn't seem to be available, it's likely because it's after the Sunday before game. Pre-reg closes the Sunday before game so that our coordination director has time to print out sheets and assemble pre-reg packets.

Can I pre-reg as a new player?

You can indeed pay before game as a new player. However, you'll still need to go through the player number and character creation process at the event.

Should I bring a flashlight?

Any flashlight you bring should have a red gel on it so that the light itself is red. This helps prevent ruining your own (or someone else's) night vision. 

Where do I get my player number?

You'll receive your player number at your very first game during character creation. If you create a character ahead of time, feel free to bring in the character's information, and we'll use that to create your character.

Are there certain Strains I can't play?

Not all Strains are available for play at Dystopia Rising: New Jersey, and some are restricted. Check out our Strain Restrictions page for full information.

What if I need uninterrupted sleep for medical reasons?

If you need uninterrupted sleep for medical reasons, please bring a doctor's note that says as much. We'll sleep you in our medical building, which is not attacked at night.

Should I expect attacks at night?

Dystopia Rising is a fully-immersive, horror survival game, which means that there may be times at night when zombies, mass murderers, and other creatures may attack.

How much roleplay is involved in this game?

Dystopia Rising: New Jersey is a fully immersive game, which means that from game on to game off, you'll BE the alternate persona that you create. We encourage everyone to remain in character at all times, which means that discussions about the latest episode of Game of Thrones should wait until after the game is over.

If you need a break, head on over to the parking lot or head off site for a bite to eat.

What do I do for my Non-Permanent Character (NPC) block?

Each and every player does a NPC block, where they're given roles to act out in the world. You may be put into makeup to be a zombie, or you may be a person interacting in the world.

Before your NPC block, get changed into black clothing that's not your character's clothing. Leave your boffer weapons and character costuming where you sleep and put a dark cloth over it to mark it as out-of-game while you're on your NPC block. Then head over to ops (we'll show you where that is!) with the out-of-game symbol (one hand on top of your head) or in a green headband (which is another out-of-game symbol). When you arrive, you'll be told what you're doing.

What do I do for food?

We do not provide food (unless you sign up for the meal plan!), so make sure to bring enough for the weekend. When packing food, consider what looks "genre" for the apocalypse. Get rid of packages and wrappers ahead of time and use cans, mason jars, paper bags, and other materials to disguise modern food.

Please note that these are just some of the more-commonly asked questions. If you have other questions, please email for more help.