Otakon 2014 LARP Character Sign Up

    It's OtaLARP's 20th Anniversary!

    This is the form for requesting characters for OtaLARP 2014, the Otakon Live Action Role-Play (LARP). You will be asked to select character from our long list of characters already made; or request a new character that we will make for you. Please read all of the Frequently Asked Questions section below before filling out the Character Request form. Some of this information has changed for OtaLARP 2014. Your request will be rejected if you don't follow the rules.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What's a LARP? Where can I find the list of characters that have already been made? What are the restrictions for new character requests? What do I need to provide to request a character? Do I need to pre-register for Otakon to reserve a character for OtaLARP? What If my name is going to change between now and Otakon? What if I have a not-so-frequently asked question?

    Question: What's a LARP?

    If you've ever played a pencil-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) such as D&D, GURPS, or a U.S. Presidential election, then Live Action Role-Playing, or LARP, is easy to explain. It is, in effect, an RPG played live with special rules to allow interaction between the characters in real time and space. If you've never played a pencil-and-paper RPG, you can think of a LARP as a game of "make believe" with rules. The LARP is played within the boundaries of the entire convention center (within reasonable limits to keep the players from getting in the way of other convention attendees).

    Question: Where can I find the list of characters that have already been made?

    A list of the currently available characters is available at this location: (Thanks to Jon K. being awesome) http://cinxia.com/otakonlarp/

    Question: What are the restrictions for new character requests?

    1) Your requested character must be from a Japanese Anime only -- no manga, video games, live action, etc. <small>Some video game characters were grandfathered in, and you can find them in the already made characters list at http://cinxia.com/otakonlarp/</small> 2) Your requested character must not be from a pornographic anime (hentai). 3) Have the full character name and full series name filled out. There are many characters with the same name (eg. Son Goku, Sakura) 4) The character should have lines in the anime, preferably at least 5 in the same scene. We have a hard time making character sheets for bit parts and walk-ons. 5) Most wish granting characters end up as NPCs due to game balance issues. We probably won't approve it. Make sure you really like your second choice. 6) Character reservation closes <i>for new characters</i> on December 5, 2013. After that we can only take sign-ups for characters that are already made.

    Question: What do I need to provide to request a character?

    Whether you're reserving a new character or one we've already made, your request must contain ALL of the following: - Your first choice of character and the series or title in which he/she appears - Two backup character choices, also including the series or title for each - Your real name, first and last (no pseudonyms or nicknames, please!) - A valid email address where you can be contacted regularly - Please include your Otakorp Member ID# as well. If you are a returning Otakorp Member (as opposed to a new member), the Otakon pre-registration page tells you how to find that number. If you don't have a membership in Otakorp yet (because you'll be a new member and Otakon registration hasn't opened yet), don't worry. Put in your mailing address you use for Otakon and you can update us when you get one. - Any special needs you have. (a large print sheet for example)

    Question: Do I need to pre-register for Otakon to reserve a character for OtaLARP?

    Yes, you *must* pre-register for Otakon 2014 in order for your character reservation to be confirmed. Once pre-registration for the Otakon convention actually opens, we will begin periodically checking the Otakon pre-reg database for your registrations, and warning emails will be sent to those players whose pre-registrations have not been confirmed. ALL pre-con character reservations will close at 11:59 PM on April 30th, 2014. You do not have to pre-register for Otakon by that date, only the LARP. Please note that these dates are subject to modification as circumstances dictate. If any changes are to be made we'll give you all advance warning.

    What If my name is going to change between now and Otakon?

    You should sign up with your current legal name and then put a note in the special needs box that it will be changing. to 'new name' (if you want us to start using your new name right away or at a certain point you can put that in there too and we'll use it on the character list that goes out and just keep the old one in case we need it to check your con pre-reg)

    Question: What if I have a not-so-frequently asked question?

    My email is Hakainokami@gmail.com if you have any questions. Alternately, we have an email list, which is the best place to go for information, other players and the list of who is playing what. Join otakonlarp@yahoogroups.com