All participants must read the UKLTA Social Charter. You signify your understanding of it by completing a booking form. Any behaviour that goes against the Social Charter should be reported to a GM or other game organiser so action can be taken. Failure to adhere to any part of the Social Charter may lead to you being asked to leave or not being allowed to attend future events.
- Our games are open to all and discrimination of any kind against anyone is unacceptable. For the benefit of clarity, discrimination is defined as treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you would treat other people, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc.
- Harassment of any kind is not tolerated. For the benefit of clarity, harassment is defined as unwanted behaviour, which the person that it is directed towards finds offensive or which makes them feel intimidated, humiliated or uncomfortable.
- Live-roleplaying is designed to be a fun, social pastime and all participants have an equal right to enjoy themselves on the event. Be inclusive in your play and allow other players to participate in whatever parts of the game they wish, even if it slightly bends in character logic.
- All participants should be friendly and helpful while out of character and seek to create a welcoming environment.
- Remember UK Law still applies. Anyone found breaking the law will be ejected and/or reported to relevant UK authorities.
- The consumption of alcohol is not permitted during or prior to a game session. After the evening game session, gathering around the campfire with friends (both old and new), while enjoying a drink or two (alcoholic or otherwise) is absolutely fine. We do ask that participants exercise moderation as we will not allow those who we suspect are still drunk to participate.
- Photography and other Audio-Visual recording is usually allowed on High Frontier events. However, with the advent of social media and the sensitivities surrounding the sharing and perhaps, more importantly, the tagging of images, all participants will be given the option to ‘opt out’ of having images or recording taken of them.
- Where arrangements are made for specific photographers to take photos throughout the event, they must be identified to all participants at the start of the event and must be made aware of any participants that have expressed the wish to opt-out.
In Character (IC) and Out of Character (OOC) situations
- LARP may involve high adrenalin or tense situations and IC actions can and will lead to potentially undesirable IC consequences. Everybody should remember that tensions and events within the game should remain in the game, and avoid allowing them to extend into the real world.
Some people may be uncomfortable with roleplaying around certain subjects. If someone asks you to stop roleplaying around a certain issue, then you should do so in order to maintain an environment in which all people are comfortable. We use the commonly used safe-word ‘Cut’ to signify this.
- If you hear somebody say ‘Cut’ then everybody nearby should stop play immediately so you can resolve the issue. The person calling ‘Cut!’ is not required to explain themselves, respect their request and do as they ask.
- In a less serious situation where somebody would like somebody else to back down/away or change topic we use the safeword ‘Brake!’ as in ‘slow down’. You can continue play but should de-escalate the situation or change the topic. Again, respect this and do as they ask. Failure to consider others in your play may lead to you being asked to leave.
- Antagonising another person without good cause within the game is not acceptable behaviour. The Social Charter applies at all times. In character bullying and/or harassment is only acceptable if both parties have agreed it in advance. In character sexism, racism, intolerance of sexual orientation etc. is never acceptable.
- During time in, everybody should attempt to behave as far as possible in an appropriately in character (IC) manner and should try to keep out of character (OOC) discussions to a minimum.
- We recognise that some people find staying in character (IC) to be difficult and at times may find some types of Roleplaying quite intimidating. While we encourage people to stay IC, we recognise that there may be times when you may drop out of character. If you find yourself dropping out of character (OOC), we ask that you minimise your interaction with those who are still IC. There may also be simple practical reasons you need to drop out of character for a while.
- To show you would like to drop out we use the ‘Look down’ mechanic, where you shade your eyes and look down. You will not be questioned why, and this will allow you to opt out of, leave or enter a scene with nobody commenting upon it.
- Removing or hiding out of character (OOC), any items that do not belong to you, even if the intention is to simply borrow them, could be considered theft and should not happen.
- Theft of IC items is permitted under certain circumstances and only as long as these are returned on demand or at the end of the session or by prior agreement. In some cases, props may be classed as being with the ‘thief’ but the Phys-Rep, is retained by the owner or where it was found.
- Character death is a potential IC event and should never lead to OOC recriminations.
- Searching NPCs or even players can be a key part of the game. To avoid having to physically pat someone down, the person doing the searching must describe how and where they search in detail. This means that you only ‘Find’ something where you have searched. Someone saying ‘I look everywhere’ should be taken as you are only searching visually. If you don’t say that you look in the right-hand top pocket, then you don’t find what is located there. NOTE - Certain skills will negate the need to describe the search