What to Bring to Your First Event

So you have found your new Alliance chapter. You have created a character. Your first event is this weekend. You have your costume ready and your weapons packed. But what else is there to pack other than your weapons? Being under prepared at your first event can leave you feeling defeated, so make sure to be ready for anything.

1. Contact your local chapter, or the chapter to which you will be traveling to find out if you will be staying in cabins or will need to bring your own tent. Most campsites for most chapters have cabins.
2. Not all cabins are created equal and not all have heat. Make sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow to your event. You would be surprised at how many new players forget to bring a pillow.
3. Bring a change of clothes modern clothes for the end of the event. Many players get so focused on remembering their in game clothes they forget out of game clothes to go home, or out to lunch after the event in.
4. Remember to bring emergency inhalers and other medical needs such as Epi pens or insulin.
5. Bring snacks. Check with your chapter on what food will be provided during the event. Usually you can count on three meals being provided, however, after spending the day role playing having trail mix on hand can save you from having an empty stomach between lunch and dinner.
6. If making your own weapons/shields, bring materials you can use to repair them in the event they do not pass inspection.
7. If using armor/weapons/traps/shields, make certain to have them vetted by a Marshal prior to check-in (since the armor vetting will actually dictate their starting equipment armor tag).
8. If possible, try to reach out to any players you might be staying with, so they know to expect you. This will help avoid any cabin-bunking confusion.
9. Toiletries.

A Special Note About Socks:

Bring plenty of socks. If you are going for a two-day event, which is the standard for Alliance, make sure you have at least four pairs of socks. That way if it is pouring or otherwise gross out you have spares to change into. This will help prevent trench foot and blisters from forming.
Try to stay away from cotton as it will not keep your feet warm if you get them wet. Wool or synthetic materials are your best best.
If you are seasoned at being in the outdoors for multiple days at a time, you know the value of clean and dry socks. If you are new to the idea of camping for a multi-day event, however, you might not realize that your biggest ally is your feet. They can also be your biggest opponent if you do not take care of them.