F.A.Q.

About the games

Are the games in English?
Yes, everyone at College of Wizardry will speak English. You do not have to have a high level in spoken or written English to enjoy the game though. An intermediate level is largely enough.

Where does College of Wizardry take place?
College of Wizardry takes place at Castle Czocha, Sucha, Lesna, southern Poland.

Do you host games in other languages than English?
Not at this time.

What do you recommend I bring
We recommend you bring:

  • warm clothing (the weather in Poland can be unpredictable)
  • comfortable shoes
  • a ball outfit
  • your own wand
  • a notebook and pen (ink is not allowed)
  • a cool hat (Witchards love hats)
  • a sports outfit if you’d like to play Fireball (a popular Witchard game similar to dodge ball)
  • any other specific costumes you’d like to wear
  • cash (Euros or Polish Zloty), if you’d like to buy something from the tavern 
  • you’re allowed to bring your own alcohol if you do not wish to buy this from our tavern (we sell beers and cocktails at low local prices)

Can I come to the game on my own?
Yes, we’ve had many players who’ve come on their own and had an amazing time. They even made many new friends along the way!
Our game is designed to be as inclusive as possible and our staff is always there to help.

I’ve never been to a larp before, is this for me?
Yes, College of Wizardry is designed to be inclusive, easy to play, and has very few rules that you have to remember. While you’re welcome to read up on as much in-game material and lore as you want, you are in no way expected to know it all.
The pre-game workshops are there to help you understand the game, meet other players and feel at ease with the concept of immersive role-playing.

What are pre-game workshops?
The pre-game workshops are there to help you understand the game, meet other players and feel at ease with the concept of immersive role-playing. They touch upon subjects such as castle safety, player safety (emotional and physical), consent, game mechanics, how to play magic, study paths and classes, House values, and practical details.

About characters

Do I need to come up with my own character or will I receive a pre-written one?
While you’re welcome to bring your own character ideas, we’ve got many wonderful pre-written characters that you can play as well. If you’ve bought a ticket to our event, you’ll eventually receive an email that includes a link to our player form. In this form we’ll ask you if you wish to play a pre-written character or not. If you’ve check “yes”, we’ll send you one a few months before the game.

I requested a pre-written character when I filled out the player form but I don’t like the one I got. Can I change it?
Yes, pre-written characters are just a guideline. You’re welcome to change them. The only thing that can’t be changed is their year, path and house. Drop us a line at help@witchards.com, and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Do you have gender-neutral characters?
Yes, our characters are written in a gender neutral way and you can interpret them in any way you want. At the game we use HE/HER/THEM pronouns.

At Castle Czocha

Is the castle cold?
The castle is a an actual 12th century castle, and while there is heating in the rooms, a lot of the common areas are maintained in their historical state. Pack scarves, sweaters and woolen socks. Those clothes will fit right in anyway.

Are food and drinks included?
Yes, all meals from Thursday afternoon snacks till Sunday morning breakfast are included. Drinks such as coffee, tea and orange juice are also included. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are not included.

Are there vegan or vegetarian food options?
Yes, we aim to cater to all food preferences and allergies.

Can I stay an extra night at the castle?
Yes, it is possible to book an extra night before the game. Look in the Extras category, and find Early Arrivals for the event you are attending.

Do I need to bring bed linen?
No, the castle is an actual hotel and things such as towels, pillows, blankets, sheets etc. will be provided.

Can I park my car somewhere safe?
Yes, there’s a parking lot near the castle.

Is the castle accessible to wheelchairs? Would you recommend it to people with mobility issues?
Unfortunately the game takes place in a 12th century castle. As such, there are no elevators. We would not recommend people with mobility issues attend, due to the lack of elevators and the castles at times very steep stairs.

What do the bedrooms look like?
Castle Czocha is a medieval castle but it’s also a hotel. Most rooms have a 2 star hotel standard. Some are more luxurious, some a bit less so. The most comfortable rooms are reserved for people with specific (health) needs.

Rooms will be occupied by 2-5 people. Some rooms have a shared bathroom and toilet.

Tickets and more

Can I pay in instalments?
Yes, but there’s a 10% surcharge, because of processing costs.

How do I pay at the tavern and in what currency?
The tavern only accepts cash (either Euros or Polish Zloty)

Do you sell merchandise at the events?
Yes, we’ve got some merchandise available on site. You can pay for it with cash (Euros or Polish Zloty) or by making a PayPal transfer

Transport

How do I get to College of Wizardry?
We organize a bus from Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport in Berlin that brings people to the castle and back again (bus tickets can be bought on our website). However, you’re very welcome to come by your own means. The castle is only accessible by car. There’s no nearby public transport.

Miscellanea

Is this a real school?
No, College of Wizardry is a 3-day role-playing event where we pretend to be students studying magic.

Is there real magic?
Unfortunately magic isn’t real but we have game mechanics to help you play out magic (potions, spell casting etc.) with your fellow players.

I have specific needs, who do I contact?
We try to make our events as inclusive as possible, please write us at help@witchards.com and we’ll work with you about finding a solution.


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