Rolling is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing events and larps that give people the opportunity to experience something outside of the scope of their everyday lives. Do you want to know what it’s like to be a French aristocrat in the 18th century? A soldier lost in the war-torn Siberia? A Czech or a Sudeten German living through the 1930s and 1940s in the contested Czech borderlands? You can try all that and more at our larps.
Rolling, an association for the development of role-playing and education games was founded in November 2013. Since then, we have been creating live action role-playing games, larps, and raising awareness about them in the Czech Republic. We also run educational games in schools and support other authors and groups, for example by lending them our equipment or helping promote them on social media.
In the August of 2017, we moved our headquarters to the town of Terezín in Northern Bohemia, and rented parts of a former military hospital building there. Since then, we have been using these spaces as our warehouse, as well as a venue for some of our games.
The Ten Rolling Commandments
All participants are equally valued by us. For example, the price you are willing to pay will have no effect on your chance to participate or on your role selection. However, we can refuse participation to a specific applicant or volunteer on serious grounds (for example due to a serious violation of a previous event’s rules).
We want to make larp accessible to the widest possible spectrum of players. We want people of different ages, education, social backgrounds, nationalities, and levels of larp experience to meet at our larps. We don’t make games for our friends – even though we are of course happy to have them there. We welcome first-time players at our larps and we invite everyone to help us create an atmosphere that will make them want to come back to larping again and again.
Physical and mental safety are equally important and valuable for us. We want you to leave our larps with strong experiences, but our first priority is always the safety of players, helpers, and organizers. We always try to make sure the strong experiences are accompanied by a safety net and do everything we can for you in case anything goes wrong. If you want us to take your needs into account, tell us about them. If you experience anything unpleasant or harmful at our larps, you can approach the organizers on site, let us know in a feedback form, or confide in our Safety Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We do not see the relationship between participants and organizers as a purely commercial one. We are offering experiences that require your participation and effort and is determined by it. We do our best to make them good for you and hope you will return the favour. All our income is used to create more larps and pay our operational expenses. None of our events can ensure a professional service.
We try to help other organizations make larps, as much as we can. In return, our work mainly relies on volunteer labour and financial support of our donors. If you need help, let us know. If you can help, let us know.
Every participant of our events is responsible for their behaviour towards others – players and crew. Our goal is to make good games that can be enjoyed by all their participants.
Prepare for the event based on the instructions we give you – including for example the arrival time. Respect your co-players and organizers: Your preparation saves everyone’s time. If a problem appears, please tell us about it as soon as possible; we will do our best to help you.
Comply with the laws of the Czech Republic and the rules of the game. Be mindful of your surroundings and make sure you don’t damage anything needlessly. The game is also just a game. The fact that only a few hours ago, someone was playing the character of an outcast or your lover does not mean that you have the right to ostracise and mock them after the game or to touch them without their consent.
Whenever we offer food at our events, it is available in a vegetarian version and a version with meat. We also generally try to make sure there are gluten free and lactose free versions. Five days before the game, we will send you a menu with the ingredient lists for the food, in order to give you the opportunity to bring any extra food in case you have special diets that the menu cannot cover. We will try to make our menus fit as many participants as possible.
When coming to any event, keep in mind your co-players and the crew do not want to hurt or humiliate you in any way. We are always trying to do things as best we can – and if we all keep that in mind and share that attitude, everything will be much better. If anything goes wrong and we find out about it, we will do our best to make it better, and we expect the same from you.