Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

April 1-3, 2016, Lancaster County Convention Center


What is "LARP"? It stands for "Live-Action Role Play", a game where you'll be playing as your favorite anime and manga characters. Over 2,000 characters are available for you to play! The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. LARP is not a cosplay event, meaning you do not need to be in costume to attend. You don't even need to be dressed as the character you'd be playing. But if you want to, you're more than welcome to!

ZenkaiLARP is played using the Nexus game system. An informational meeting will be held on Friday at 3:00PM of the convention about game mechanics, and the LARP staff will always help show you how to play! Check your schedule for meeting times. If you have any other questions, feel free to send an email to larp@zenkaikon.com. You can also join our Facebook group, where we'll have information, and updates leading up to the game!

With our first teaser given for ZenkaiLARP 2017 at this year’s Nekocon, we would like to proclaim LARP pre-registration is officially OPEN! However, we need you to read the following about how to submit your character choices as well as to understand our rules on these options.

As many of you know, with the normal anime and manga characters, we also allow video games on a per-character basis as well as characters from any media (movies, books, comics, anything you can think of) provided they fit the yearly theme! This year’s theme is: performers and legends.

A quick explanation of legends: A legend, for the purposes of our LARP, means any modern character based on an original legend or story. For example, Alucard (Hellsing) is based on the original legend of Dracula and Vlad the Impaler; BBC Sherlock Holmes, The Great Mouse Detective, and Basil Rathborne in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are all based on the original Doyle story; and E. Aster Bunnymund (Rise of the Guardians) is based on the legend of the Easter Bunny.

So with that, email the following to larp@zenkaikon.com:

  1. Your real, full name
  2. Your top three character choices in the order, 1 to 3, of who you would like to play
  3. How much you would like us to mess with each of those characters on a 1-5 scale: 1 being very little and 5 being "LOL all the messing with"

If one of your character choices is one of our theme characters (and does not fall into the anime/manga category to begin with), your other two choices must be an anime or video game character if we cannot accept your category theme character.

Please remember, we GMs are only Human. We will do everything we can to accept any theme-based character, but there are limitations, based on the character and how they will scale to the system or plot, as well as limitations of our time if none of us have watched/read/etc. what this character comes from. We have the last say on if we believe a character is acceptable or not.

Finally, here is our very first teaser for the year to get a sneak peek at the plot!

Male and female, sitting in an elegant love seat--
Female: "What has happened to us, my prince? We were in their dreams, we were in their hearts. We were the stories that brought them together and drove them apart."
Male: "Time is, time was, my love. But given time, all things fade, even legends such as ours."
*long pause*
Female: "...sucks, don't it?"
Male: "Yep. What's on TV?" *clicks TV on*
Narrator: "April 28th, 2017 join us for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Three days of anything you can put on a stage - and a stage to put it on! Experience the thrill that only live theater can provide."
*two men leap across the stage, sword fighting*
“Have at thee, knave! Your evil will never triumph, foul usurper!”
"Fool! Don’t you realize I’ve already won?!”
"As long as there is breath in my body, you will never win!"
Narrator: "The finest theater professionals will be on hand to help any aspiring thespians put on the greatest performance of their lives."
*an angry director comes out on stage, followed by a short woman*
Director: "Cut, cut! No, no, no! Those lines were all wrong! There was no emotion in them at all! I don't want you to just feel the lines, but the lines to feel you!"
Costumer: "And the costumes are simply NOT working. Come-a, come-a, come-a. To the wardrobe, we will begin again!"
Narrator: "See new life breathed into classic legends with this year’s theme 'Stories of Old'."
*a leap onto stage is the most stereotypical of Robin Hoods - in tights, with a bad accent*
Actor: "It is I, Robin Hood! I must rescue Maid Marian from the clutches of Prince John!" *thrust of his sword*
*from the audience suddenly comes an English-accented voice*
English Audience Member: "No, who wears tights in the middle of a forest!? You're ruining my reputation; you're tarnishing my story!"
Another Audience Member: "And what's with that terrible accent?!"
Another: "The scenery looks fake!"
Another: "That costume's the wrong color green!"
*as the whole audience begins to boo, the actor is led off stage with his head hanging*
Narrator: "Ah- well, the audience can be a rowdy bunch! Come see the magic of theater and absolutely no other magic. Because magic doesn’t exist. Of course not! Don’t be absurd. FRINGE FEST - be there or be an uncultured philistine!"
*it returns to the original male and female, both staring at the television before looking at each other*
Male: "That isn't something I expected to see."
Female: "You're right. We should tell the others."
Male: “This could be a great chance for us to change, to grow, or to at least... see tomorrow.”
Female: *touching the male's face gently* “You’re right, my love. Perhaps the last chance we’ll ever get.”