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