Due to the complex nature of an immersion event, there should be a lot of questions that you need answered before choosing to attend.
Q: What is an "Immersion Event"?
A: Mistress Zeneca's immersion events are designed to take you out of your current reality and into a new one for a short bit of time. Once you enter that door, you will be treated as if leaving the house is going to be an ordeal because in a Zombie Apocalypse, you never know if you're going to survive a return trip.
Q: Is this a LARP (Live action role play)?
A: NO! You do not roleplay a character that you make up.. you just roleplay yourself, just a badass version of yourself that has survived the zombie apocalypse up til that point. The conversations you have should be about your regular life and such. You do not need to re-invent yourself. Just be who you are with a bit more kick ass.
Q: Is this a fetish event?
A: Not necessarily, but it is open for fetishy things to happen. This is more a zombie genre geeky event. BUT, if zombies just so happen to turn you on - all the better.
Q: If I want to come more than one evening or overnight, it says that I need to contribute supplies. What do I contribute?
A: Part of surviving the zombie apocalypse is the sense of community that surviving fosters. Appropriate things are canned goods, flat sodas, homemade food items, etc. Your contribution will be negotiable and MUST be arranged ahead of time so that Mistress Zeneca can plan the supply situation. If you stay more than one evening or end up crashing the night, you must contribute in addition to your ticket purchase.
As an added roleplay element, you must also create a story to accomodate your donation of supplies. Did you steal them from another survivor group? Did you scavange the supplies? Did you grow your items?
NONE of the items may contain anything with less than a 1 year shelf life (unless you grew it yourself). Supplies with ingredients of milk, meat, butter, eggs, etc. would turn bad and would not be replenished in a zombie situation. If you could find it 1 year into the apocalypse, you can arrange with Mistress Zeneca to bring it.
Q: Can I come to the party as a Zombie?
A: No. If you want to be a zombie at the party you must first die during the party.
On Sat. night, everyone that wants to be a zombie must be here for the Suicide Pact at 10pm. You say your goodbyes and drink the kool-aid. You can be as dramatic with your death scene as you want or not. Then you and your fellow dead retire to the basement bunker for the zombie makeup application.
On Sunday night, each person wanting to be a zombie gets a personalized death. In a zombie apocalypse, there are more ways to die than by just being bitten. Mistress Zeneca will weave the story around during the night by slipping the soon-to-be zombies a piece of paper with storyline for them to roleplay a bit. Example: "You accidentally ate a poisonous mushroom. You have up to 15 minutes to die." or "Someone will pick a fight with you in 10 min. You'll lose." By 11pm, all soon-to-be zombies should be dead and in the basement for zombie makeup.
Q: Could you explain the Zombie Burst?
A: After everyone wanting to be a Zombie has died and been made-up. Mistress Zeneca sets a timer for 10 minutes. The Zombies burst forth from the basement and begin to attack survivors. THESE ARE NOT MEANT TO BE SUPER ROUGH FIGHTS. You may struggle, you may wrestle, you may break free. But if a zombie's mouth is close enough to your body for you to be in mortal harm - You are Bitten. If a Zombie grabs your bare skin - You are Scratched. If a survivor hits a zombie with a nerf gun in the head, the Zombie is Dead. If a survivor hits the zombie's head 3 times with a pool noodle (or other padded foam tool, than the Zombie is Dead.
When the timer and Gong ring out, the Zombies collapse to the ground. The timer is reset for 2 minutes. The survivors, bitten or not, then have 2 minutes to try to clean up the zombie bodies. After 2 minutes, the Gong rings out and that's the end of the game. We all laugh, we clap, take the group photos, mingle, and drink. Right after the Zombie Burst will be the only time that the lights will come up and normalcy returns to check out everyone's makeup job.
Q: Can I bring my cell phone?
A: Think for a second. 1 year into the apocalypse, will you still be carrying that cell phone? I'd leave it at home. But if you must bring it, you cannot use it while at the event - leave it in the car. That's what "Media Blackout" means. :)
Q: Can I bring cigarettes? Is this a BYOB event?
A: In a zombie apocalypse with people holed up inside - vice consumable items like alcohol, cigarettes and other smokeables will probably be consumed in a matter of months. So, in essence you wouldn't have them. BUT, because it's more about the STORY you have with your item, than anything. Come up with a really good story as to why you have it. Bonus points if you roll your own cigarettes, brew your own beer, make your own wine/alcohol, etc. to bring with you.
Q: What are the daytime activities?
A: Sleep,.. Sleep... Cooking powdered eggs... Card Games... Talking.. Cooking...Cleaning... Picking veggies.. Board Games... Pretty much any non-electric activities.
Anything that you'd do while locked in capitivity listening to the 24/7 Zombie moans of a life during a zombie apocalypse. Staying the night is only offered if you are too wasted to leave or its been negotiated with Mistress Zeneca ahead of time. There is limited sleeping space. If you have purchased a Full Weekend Pass, you may go home to sleep without zombie moans and return at 10am the next day. For those that leave and return, you can be dramatic with your goodbyes and give a good story of how bad it is out there.
During the day it's just more relaxed and you help to fortify the place, harvest food, clean house, and prepare the evening's meal before the sun sets and we lose the light.
Q: What do I wear? What do I bring?
A: You can only bring what you can carry on you, inlcuding your comfort items and supply contribution (if applicable). You fought your way to get to the Dionysian Sanctuary. You should look like you're prepared for the journey. Think about what you would wear to prepare for a long journey - cargo pants are good, caps, holsters for your NERF guns, utility knives, military clothing, portable camping gear, backpack, etc. You can paint them up to have blood splatter if you like. If you do, all clothing must be fully dry so none of the blood gets on the furniture.
DO NOT BRING FIREARMS. Instead, bring a Nerf Gun. All knives must be peace tied unless showing it to someone or in a scene with someone. Keep it in the sheath with a wrap holding it inside the sheath whenever it is not in use.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR CLOTHES SELECTIONS. The event is mainly lit by candles, so don't wear anything that might dangle or accidentally catch on fire. I'm serious. Fire hazards will be everywhere.
WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES. The smell of the Zombie apocalypse is NOT something we're recreating. So even though your bad ass self killed 7 zombies to get there and should be covered in B.O. and Zombie goo, we're just going to leave that little detail out. If you stink, you may be forced to scrub your clothes and wash your body the old-fashioned way.
I've just purchased a ticket, why am I being asked to meet up beforehand?
Mistress Zeneca personally meets with all ticket holders for a variety of reasons. First of all, this is taking place at her bunker so cautiousness is always important to the safety and security of everyone and everything within. Second, Mistress Zeneca creates a "Welcome Home" atmosphere. In order to do that, she needs to get to know you a bit so she can add touches so you can feel at home during the event. Lastly, she's excited to meet you! There is a lot of exciting behind-the-scenes planning that goes into her events; and she wants to share that with you too.
Are there any pets/cats/dogs at the Dionysian Sanctuary?
Yes, there are 2 cats, 1 bunny, and 1 snake that live here. If you have allergies, we're terribly sorry that you might not be able to participate.
Any more questions, feel free to ask!