F.A.Q. By New Players

Q:What do I need to bring to my first event?

A: There are several things that will be important to bring to your first event. Probably the most important is comfortable boots. There is a comprehensive list in the New Players section of our website. 


Q:Do I have to know all the rules?

A: No, you do not need to know ALL the rules. Death and Dying, along with lower level spells and their effects will be the best things to become familiar with. There will be a variety of people available through out the event to help answer any questions you may have. To download the 9th Edition rule book, please click here.


Q: Will there be people to help me?

A: Absolutely! PRO has many staff members on site during the event to answer your questions. These staff members are announced at opening ceremonies so that you know who they are before game play starts.


Q:Can I play a race not in the rule book?

A: Yes, you have the ability to be creative with your character. If you would like to play a race not already outlined in the rule book, your character will be classified as a Scavenger for the purposes of character creation.


Q: Do I have to PC my first event?

A: We prefer that players PC their first event. There is a certain "magic" that is lost by NPCing your first event. And the game is a bit easier to learn when you only have your character card to memorize. Having said that, we realize that if you join the game with an existing player, that you will want to enjoy your first event together and do not force anyone to PC their first event. 


F.A.Q. By Parents

Q:Is NERO Safe?

A: Larping is just like playing a sport, and with any sport there is a chance for injury. The most common injuries are sprains, strains and twists. We have trained staff on-site ready to handle these types of injuries. Should additional medical attention be necessary, our camp site is less than 15 miles from the nearest hospital. Should your child need medical attention, you will be notified immediately via the contact info provided on the medical release form. 


Q: What kind of people play NERO?

A: There are many different kinds of NERO players. We have players who are high school and college students, teachers, nurses, engineers, doctors, ministers, and everything in between. The majority of our core staff are adult professionals, many of which also have children.


Q: I have more questions, can I contact someone?

A: Yes, we are happy to answer parent questions any time. Please email us at info@pittsburghroleplaying.com. And don't forget to check out our Parent FAQ on the New Playerspage.  


F.A.Q. By Out of Chapter Players

Q: Can I use my bird seed packets?

A: No. Bird seed packets are not allowed by our camp site. we are ask that players make packets containing biodegradable airsoft pellets. The packets must still fit into a 35mm film canister and be loosely packed. We recommend 6mm (size) and .12g (weight) and about a 1/2 tbs in each. Player packets will be checked for safety at the events, along with weapon checks. 


Q: Is food provided at the events? How much does it cost?

A: Food is available for players during full game days. There are 3 meals and 1 snack. Food is provided at no charge.


Q: I have a special diet, can I cook my own food?

A: We do our best to accommodate all types of diets and allergies. If you need to cook yourself, the kitchen is available on a limited basis and you must provide your own cooking utensils. 


Q: What is your clean up policy?

A: ALL players who participate at PRO events are REQUIRED to do a 30 minute clean up in addition to cleaning up their own personal space. This 30 minute clean up can only be given to players by the designated Site Manager(s) or the kitchen staff. Clean up duties include, but are not limited to: packet pick up, mod area clean up, meal prep/clean up, trash pick up, etc. Clean ups may be done at any point during the event or after the event has ended. Traveling players should consider doing their clean up in the mornings or around meal times so that they can leave at a timely manner when the event is over.  This clean up must be signed off on your character sheet by the person issuing your clean up. Event and other PRO staff do NOT have the ability to assign clean up.  Failure to participate in clean up is a violation of the NERO Sportsmanship Policy and may result in banning from future PRO or other NERO sponsored events.


Q: What is the closest airport?

A: The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is less then 20 miles from the camp site. For directions, click here.


Q: Are there any hotels near by?

A: Their are several hotels located just beyond the Pennsylvania boarder in Weirton, WV, which is less then 20 minutes from the camp site. The hotels include Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, and Fairfield Inn & Suites.  


Q: Where can I get food or other supplies off-site?

A: Also located in Weirton, WV are a variety of restaurants and stores, including McDonalds, Wendy's, Sheetz and Eat N' Park (local chain open 24/7). There is also a 24 hour Walmart for anyone needed last minute supplies.


Q: Where is the closest hospital if there is an emergency?

A: The Weirton Medical Center is located less then 20 minutes away. The award-winning University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is located about 1 hour from the camp site. 


Q: What are the camp site facilities like?

A. Cabins are assigned on a first come fist serve basis, except for buildings that are in a specific location In-Game. The cabins are two or four man cabins with beds that are wire springs or plywood boards with NO MATTRESSES. So please bring bedding. This is a summer camp site so there is no heat! And there is only one electrical outlet and light in each cabin. (Note: Heaters are NOT permitted) It can get very cold at this site at night, especially during early spring or late fall events. It is suggested to bring extra blankets. Also, the bathrooms are in their own individual out houses. Please note that our camp site does not allow bird seed packets.


Q: Will Google get me to the site?

A: Kind of! Google will get your to the ranger station located at the entrance to the park. There will be signs to get you to the individual camp. There are also directions here


Q: When can I withdraw money from my bank?

A: Coin can be withdrawn from the bank at check-in and mid-day logistics. Deposits can also be made at these times as well as before leaving the event.


Q: Do you have any special game rules?

A: Not usually. We run a NERO standard game utilizing the core rules of the game, while utilizing new and interesting mechanics to create a fun game for everyone. On occasion, there will be non-standard effects or mechanics on mods. These effects will be announced before the start of each mods and players will have the option to leave the mod if they do not wish to play with the effects. PRO also has it's own Transform and Golem package. Please see the Game Rules section for more information. 


Q: Who are the local nobility? What are the laws of the area?

A: For questions about our In-Game atmosphere, please visit the In Game section of the website. 


Q: What is the average player level? And what is your average attendance?

​A: Currently, our average player level is 18. And our average event attendance is approx. 50 players. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Pittsburgh Roleplaying Organization