I awoke to the sounds of the busy tavern nearby, full of people eating breakfast. I got into garb and joined them. My phone had died from blogging the night before, so I had no ideal what time it actually was, but it felt around 7:30am. After doing a quick charge on my phone, I walked over to the tavern to find Cheese Burgers were on the menu for breakfast. It was good too, was getting a bit tired of hot dogs at that point. Before I was even done eating more than half the tavern left to continue fighting in the sewers where we had left off the day before. I took my time and finished up my burger and then caught up with the rest of the party who were now in combat with the dreaded Brood. Nasty insect like creatures who spit acid and attacked for acid damage. It was said that if they made a good hit on someone they could inject you with a vile substance causing a swam hive to feed upon you from the inside out. Eventually, the baby broods inside would pop out of the host killing them, spawning new brood in the process. It was during this time I took a quick out-of-game break to snap off a few photos for the event and one short video, capturing a round of combat.
After town combat was over we ventured back into town to collect our share of the sewer adventure coin and to sell the component we had found to a shop keeper. I also bought an extra shield, just in case my own ever breaks from a rat headed shop keeper who spoke only with nods and his hands. Next, while at the Plot camp, I was asked to NPC for an encounter. This was actually the first time I had even NPC’ed a monster so I agreed. I laid down my own shield and weapons and found a big great sword in the cache of weapons. I put on a white tabard and got instructions that I was an undead warrior left off from the previous night that the townsfolk and adventurers had not found. I made my way over to the starting point with the sword head over my head to mean I was not actually walking around in-game. Once there we called ourselves into action and began attacking the two players the encounter was setup for. I walked slowly towards them not making a sound and hold the sword out in front of me. All the NPCs were hit with packets of some sort which allowed the players to do more damage to us. I was the last undead to fall, was checked for loot and had none to give. Slain, I once again held the sword over head and made my way back to Plot game to retrieve my own weapon and shield.
With the noon deadline for tent breakdown soon approaching, I decided to end my gaming there and to pick it back up at another later event. I got changed into my mundane clothes, packed up everything and broke my tent down. With everything packed inside my truck and ready to go, I went to the Plot camp to do what is called “Checking Out” of the game. I discovered I had leveled my character up to 4th level and said my goodbyes to most the people I had met. As I left the event, fighting and adventure were still going on around me. The tavern was still there, a few tents where still up, and players were defeating monsters and collecting gold. Had it not be so hot and I was not expected home, I would have liked to stay longer and continue my gaming in NERO, but for this event the time had finally come to leave that for the next adventure.
All in all, I had a really great time and only wished I known the rules better. After going to the event and then checking in the rulebook the next day when I got home, things made a lot more sense to me. As a recommendation to a first time, I’d say just go to an event and ask others to help you, indicating you know nothing but are interested in the game. You can even play for free as an NPC at this chapter in Phoenix and that will give you all the items you need for the game as well as experience of what to expect. If you prefer to start like I did as a player character, then you’ll at least want to read the rules on creating a character and have your character sheet in hand at the event and ready. Registering your character before hand at the (nerodb.com) NERO database is also a good idea to help streamline things. The only thing that could of made this better was for there to be more people, so if you’re in the Phoenix or Vegas area and reading this, and you’re not already a member, you should come out to an event and join us. The more people the better the events get!
Below are a few helpful links to get you started on your path to gaming in NERO:
Official NERO website – http://nerolarp.com
NERO LARP Rule Book 9th Edition (free downloadable) – http://nerolarp.com/download.php
NERO Phoenix Chapter on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/119777521371573/
NERO Phoenix Chapter website – http://nerophoenix.com/index.htm