Frequently Asked Questions
- What is NERO?
- What is Live Action Roleplaying?
- How much does it cost?
- Where can I get the rules?
- What should I bring?
- I want to play something other than human - what can I play and where can I get the appropriate information?
- What are Goblin Points and how do I earn them?
- What is an NPC? Why would I want to NPC? What do I gain from it?
- How does Experience work?
- Who are the various Marshalls / Staff? How do I contact them?
- What Edition of the NERO Rules do you use?
- What Variants do you use?
- What Can I do if I don't want to by hit by weapons or be in combat?
NERO stands for New England Roleplaying Organization. With chapters all over the US and us here in Canada, it is one of the largest Live Action Roleplaying organizations in North America.
One of the best descriptions I've heard is "Make-Believe with Rules." Our members take on the role of a character in the mystical land of Tyrra. You have a characer sheet that describes the skills you have and cards for the various items you own (such as spell books and weapons).
A membership costs 25$. Note that you need a membership if you want to PC (play as a normal character) at an event, spend gobbies or update your character(s). Renewal after the first submission is $10/year.
Insurance costs. All members whether they PC or NPC must pay a fee of $15/year.
Weekend costs are 30$ per logistical day. Logistical game days are from Game-On until 6pm the next day, then 6pm - 6pm is the normal logistical period. The last day of the event usually cuts off between 12pm and 2pm.
The cost can be reduced by $5/day with prepayment at least 7 days in advance, or potentially volunteering for certain positions on the staff team.
First and formost, dress for the weather.
There are porta potties, but bring your own toiletries and solar showers if you wish.
For summer events:
- SUN SCREEN!!!!!!!!!
- Bug repellent
- Light clothing
- Rain gear
- Something warm for night
- Tents and sleeping gear
For winter events:
- WARM CLOTHING
- Water repellent footgear
- Sleeping gear
I want to play something other than human - what can I play and where can I get the appropriate information?
There are various races that inhabit the Hinterlands, check out The Race Marshal Page to find out the appropriate race marshal.
Goblin Points (also known as Goblin Stamps or 'gobbies') are a reward that can be earned by doing various things for the chapter. They can be used to 'blanket' a character (a blanket is a means to increase your characters experience and gain skills more quickly then normal) or even buy back death stones from the 'pull bag'.
Gobbies can be earned all kinds of ways. Some of the more common ones include:
- Creating Spell Packets for the NPCs to use
- Writing a Module (a module has to be approved by Plot before you get any gobbies for it)
- Donating things like Weapons, Armor, Shields, Costuming, or just about anything else that happens to be in demand (you can ask Andrew exactly what is in demand at the moment, or check the forums for the wanter list)
- Creating content for the Website (ask Chris)
- Writing a newsletter article (when we actually release a newsletter)
If you want to do something that is not listed here, you can contact the relevant person and ask them (Chris for Website related stuff, Plot for module related stuff, Andrew for anything else).
NPC stands for Non Player Character. NPCs include such roles as other townspeople, evil bad guys, random undead creatures, and just about every character that isn't a player. If you come to a weekend as an NPC, you get to play for free, but you have to play the roles that the weekend directors give you.
Because NPCs are a needed thing for the game to work properly (otherwise we would have no enemies), people who do NPC get rewarded. For playing as an NPC during a weekend, you get an event blanket per day of the event (equivalent to PCing with a max-out), 50 gobbies and a draw from the 'Bag of Mystery'.
People who NPC a lot may also want to take a look at signing an NPC Contract.
An NPC Contract is quite simple and very beneficial for those who know they will be NPCing. We want to reward our dedicated NPCs. If you sign up to NPC for 3+ full NERO events, in advance, we will reward you not only with the Event Blankets and gobbies, but you will gain additional draws from the 'Bag of Mystery'. This contract has to be written up and signed in advance and is not retroactive. Failure to comply with the dates signed on the contract voids the contract.
A full explanation of the system is in the rulebook. If you do not have access to the rulebook or need another explanation, check here.
NERO NB is currently using the 8th edition of the NERO International rules.
We also have a set of Rules Clarifications that you may want to go over if you have any questions.
Andrew maintains a list of Rules Clarifications in use.here.
- SUN SCREEN!!!!!!!!!