College is a magical land. Not to be too sentimental, but it’s a place where you can become the person you want to be. Plus, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. And who better to show us how to be the people we want to be than the folks who live in their own self-created fantasy land and have a blast doing it: Live-action role players (LARPers). This year’s College Student Guide takes place in a world where wizards, warriors, elves, hobbits, and even some kick-ass princesses rule. From where to live to where to get that ever-growing beard trimmed, the LARPers can tell you everything you need to know about the Kingdom of Charleston. Take a look for yourself, and good luck crafting yourself a new identity over the next four years.
There’s no easy away around this — no shortcuts through the forest, secret passageways, or hidden pots of gold — money is going to be tight for all you newcomers. But we have found a few ways to help you save some ducats and still have fun. See all the deals here.
Here in the Kingdom of Chuck, many of us prefer to travel by a two-wheeled contraption more commonly known as a bicycle. — Nicole Monforton
No matter what territory you live in, there's one thing you need to take seriously: your safety. — Melissa Tunstall
Kings, queens, knights, thieves, minstrels, dukes, and dames — we know, you've got to dress the part. In Charleston, the key is to acquire the most day-to-night outfits you can find that will shield you from the heat while dually showcasing your creative side. — Nicole Monforton
Here in the Land of Charles, there's going to come a time when you'll need a late-night meal. — Michaela Michienzi
Scarred from battle? Your humors giving you trouble? Still recovering from the plague? Don't treat your aches and pains with wormwood and leaches. — Ashley Sprouse
Fellow LARPers, there's no need for you worry your role-playing little selves about where to nest. We've got it all laid out for you right here. Yes, the Kingdom of Chucktown is a peninsula, but it's a diverse one that has something for every man, woman, and elf. — Teddi Aaron
Here in the Holy City, it'll be hard to find enough wildlife on your own to completely sustain you, day in and day out. But we've got several mighty food halls and some smaller, specialty food shops to help you keep your strength up — and hunger away — for whatever comes your way. — Melissa Tunstall
Every time we drop our iPhone, we thank Crom in heaven for our OtterBox, but an OtterBox can't save our phone when it falls into the fiery pits of Mount Doom. When that happens, the only thing that can save our precious hand machine is a tech wizard. — Ashley Sprouse
When you're making your Kingdom of Charleston debut, you have to look your best. Whether you are a fair maiden or a fearless knight, there's a salon or barbershop that'll help you take the tower by storm. — Teddi Aaron