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August 11 - August 13, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC, USA
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Events: Live Action Role Playing

If you already know what a LARP is, and want to play in this year's game, please go to the bottom of the page and follow the link to the sign-up form.

What's a LARP?

If you've ever played a pencil-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) such as D&D, GURPS, or a U.S. Presidential election, then Live Action Role-Playing, or LARP, is easy to explain. It is, in effect, an RPG played live with special rules to allow interaction between the characters in real time and space.

If you've never played a pencil-and-paper RPG, you can think of a LARP as a game of "make believe" with rules. The LARP is played within the boundaries of the entire convention center (within reasonable limits to keep the players from getting in the way of other convention attendees).

Where can I find the list of characters that have already been made?

Follow this link:

What are the restrictions for new character requests?

  1. Your requested character must be from a Japanese Anime only -- no manga, video games, live action, etc. Some video game characters were grandfathered in, mostly Final Fantasy
  2. Your requested character must not be from a pornographic anime (hentai). This LARP is PG- 13.
  3. Have the full character name and full series name filled out. There are many characters with the same name (eg. Son Goku, Sakura)
  4. The character should have lines in the anime, preferably at least 5 in the same scene. We have a hard time making character sheets for bit parts and walk-ons.
  5. Most wish granting characters end up as NPCs due to game balance issues. We probably won't approve it. Make sure you really like your second choice.
  6. Character reservation closes for new characters on December 5th, 2016. After that we can only take sign-ups for characters that are already made.

Do I need to pre-register for Otakon to reserve a character for OtaLARP?

Yes, you must pre-register for Otakon 2017 in order for your character reservation to be confirmed. Once pre-registration for the Otakon convention actually opens, we will begin periodically checking the Otakon pre-reg database for your registrations, and warning emails may be sent to those players whose pre-registrations have not been confirmed. ALL pre-con character reservations will close at 11:59 PM on April 30th, 2017. You do not have to pre-register for Otakon by that date, only the LARP. You will also be able to sign up on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at Otakon.

Please note that these dates are subject to modification as circumstances dictate. If any changes are to be made we'll give you all advance warning.

What If my name is going to change between now and Otakon?

You should sign up with your current legal name and then put a note in the special needs box that it will be changing. to 'new name' (if you want us to start using your new name right away or at a certain point you can put that in there too and we'll use it on the character list that goes out and just keep the old one in case we need it to check your con pre-reg)

Some History!

The Otakon LARP has been running since the second Otakon in 1995. In that decade and a half, we've grown to host 250 players, the largest anime LARP in the world. The plot of the game has ranged from magic to science fiction to mystery, and everything in between. The game has been set in Baltimore, Neo-Baltimore, get the idea.

Criminals and cops, corporate overlords and rabble-rousers; anyone from Monkey D. Luffy to Motoko Kusanagi could be stalking the streets looking for money to make or criminals to catch. In the LARP, you're invited to become a part of it all: Whether it's just for a few hours or all weekend long, join hundreds of your fellow otaku and step into the shoes of your favorite anime character in real time.

What if I have a not-so-frequently asked question?

Please contact us through our online helpdesk: if you have any questions.

We also have a Facebook Group - OtaLARP- and an email list (, these are the best places to go for information, other players and the list of who is playing what.

The LARP at Otakon 2017 is open

The deadline to sign up for the LARP before the convention is April 30, 2017. If you can't (or don't want to) sign up before the convention, signups for the LARP may also open in person on Friday afternoon at the convention itself.

Click Here to Sign Up!

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