What is the Nukelanta LARP?
Our fully-immersive Fallout LARP is set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Atlanta, GA (and surrounding areas). It is a heavy contact melee and nerf blaster style LARP following the safety and damage rules of Dagorhir battle games.
What is LARP?
LARP is an acronym that stands for Live Action Roleplaying. It is kind of like a combination of live theater and traditional tabletop roleplaying games, where instead of rolling dice at a table, players physically play out their characters’ actions. Think of it as “playing pretend” for adults. We put on costumes, fight battles, and collaborate to reach common in-game goals, such as looting for treasure, defeating monsters, or solving difficult puzzles.
LARPs are organized by a team of volunteer crew members who work with players to create a fully interactive, immersive world for everyone to play in. NPCs – or Non-Playable Characters – give out quests, share intel, attack players, organize shops, and perform other important tasks to keep a game fun and interesting for everyone involved. Where most players have their own ongoing original character, some players volunteer to NPC as special, temporary roles to keep the game going.
What is Fallout?
Fallout is a highly-popular video game series based in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the United States. Since most of the Fallout games are set in areas outside of the Southeast, we have been able to use this series as a loose setting for our Fallout-inspired LARP, which is set in post-apocalyptic Atlanta, or “Nukelanta” as it is known in-game.
Although we highly recommend you pick up a Fallout game or two, it is not required. Anyone interested in post-apocalyptic themes are welcome to play with us. In order to understand our game setting, however, you may want to review some general Fallout lore.
THE FALLOUT UNIVERSE
The Fallout universe originates in the 1940s, during the real-world events of World War II. When Hiroshima was destroyed, the U.S. government decided to focus its nuclear research on consumer technologies instead of bombs, which leads to an alternative universe where everything – from cars, to robots, to alarm clocks – is developed with atomic electrical power. With this divergence, many analog technologies become prevalent long-term, thus creating the retro-futuristic 1950s style that the game series is known for. In the 2050s, oil reserves begin to run dry world-wide, creating a third world war over resources. Much like the real-life Cold War era, an air of paranoia sets in, which causes a series of nuclear-proof bunkers called Vaults to be built all over the country. Nuclear war begins soon after, and in 2077 a series of nuclear events occur, causing the world to fall into apocalypse. A century passes before the underground Vaults first begin to open, thus exposing Vault Dwellers to an entirely different world full of raiders, ghouls, and mutated creatures.
NUKELANTA LARP SETTING
Like Fallout, Nukelanta takes place in an alternate version of history where 1950s aesthetics, design and technology advance in the directions imagined at the time. The resulting universe is thus a retro-futuristic one, where the technology has evolved enough to produce laser weapons, manipulate genes and create nearly-autonomous artificial intelligence, but all within the confines of 1950s solutions, like the widespread use of atomic power and vacuum tubes, as well as having the integrated circuitry of the digital age. The architecture, advertisements, and general living styles are also depicted to be largely unchanged since the 1950s.
Our game takes place in 2282 — 5 years before Fallout 4, and one year after the events of Fallout: New Vegas.
A fresh Vault-Tec contained living space, Vault 50, has only recently unsealed after mechanical problems, and Vault-dwellers new to the wasteland are slowly venturing out into the ruined world. Crazed Raiders roam the Out-Lands marauding on the search for victims, and rabid Feral Ghouls lurk in the shadows. Local factions want to claim ownership over the now-abandoned Vault, while faraway factions such as Caeser’s Legion and the Brotherhood of Steel are interested in what pre-war resources the region has to offer.
Opportunity is ripe for the taking, whether it be exploring and scavenging the wastes or kicking back in town and gambling your way to victory.
Enjoy life in Nukelanta, Wastelanders. Welcome home.
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Creating a Character
Nukelanta has lots of options for creating your first character. Learn more about races, factions, professions, and more.
Nukelanta has many in-game factions. You can join an existing faction, or you may create your own.
What to Bring
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