Welcome to Dystopia Rising: Wisconsin! We are a community of amazing people who get together once a month to create and experience a weekend long, immersive, post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. We can’t wait to meet you and help you find your type of fun at our events. We are one of 20+ chapters all across the U.S. and thousands of us gather together at different times to tell stories, laugh, cry and explore all the things that go bump in the night.

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We’re All Making it Up

There is no script for you to follow for our events. Become your character - do what they would do in any situation you find yourself in. Do what you think is going to be interesting and fun for you while keeping in mind the feelings and fun of the players around you. The goal isn’t to ‘win’ the game but rather to have an exciting adventure and come away with amazing stories to tell.

This is a collaboration

All of our adventures are built cooperatively. The organizers build the basics of the world and the characters, and the participants bring those characters to life through their actions, costumes, and ideas. The story emerges organically from the interactions and coorperation between everyone, with results cooler and wilder than any one of us could create alone! While our characters might oppose each other, as players, we are all friends working together to tell a story.

Community and People First

No matter what we review below, the primary point that we want to drive home to you is that this entire network, not just our amazing local event, is a group of people who have decided to spend their weekend together having fun. As you start to dig through all of this, we ask you to join our Facebook Page and Facebook Group to start interacting with those already participating. There are a lot of us and we’d like to get to know you to help make your time at Dystopia Rising an absolute blast.

What We Provide

  • A private, full weekend interactive entertainment event from Friday evening until Sunday morning.

  • Clean and accessible bathrooms and showers

  • Access to refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, and a standard home-style kitchen (sometimes more than one depending on the campsite we are using at the time.)

  • A community focused on respect, consent, and compassion.

What to Bring

  • A costume, which can absolutely be as simple as some old clothes you own.

  • A set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty in for your 4-hour casting shift. (black shirt and pants)

  • Bedding and Toiletries

  • Food for the weekend

  • Adherence to our Policies & Guidelines

  • An open, creative mind


We have guides specifically dedicated to making sure new players feel educated on how all this works. At 9:30 on the Friday of game they will walk everyone through a 15-30 minute demonstration and answer any questions you may have before the game officially starts at 10pm.

Basic Game Mechanics

Gathering and Crafting: Dystopia Rising has a large in game economy with it’s own currency, raw materials, and crafted goods. There are numerous professions that will allow you to gather raw materials and then many more that will allow you to turn those raw materials into finished goods like armor, weapons, food, and drink. As everyone can learn to defend themselves, we highly encourage you to pick up gathering or crafting skills to flesh out your gameplay experience as this is a living, breathing world and you can only solve so many problems with combat. This will be further explained as you dig into what type of character you would like to play.

Combat: Dystopia Rising utilizes a lightest touch system. With stylized, safety first, foam weapons and soft cloth packets to represent projectiles. Our system primarily uses silent combat other than skill based spike damage.

Mind Points and Skills: Each Strain of Humanity also has a starting mind point pool. Those are spent to use skills that your character can learn to do things like heal people, avoid the damage from a hit you took, gather materials and craft items. You can read up on all of the skills in the full rule book.

Hit Points, Armor, and Dying: When you choose a Strain of Humanity, it will tell you how many hit points your character starts with. If you receive damage that reduces your hit points to 0, your character is now dying. When you’re dying, you can’t move or heal yourself, but you can and should yell and scream. You’re dying after all. There are specific items and skills that allow people to heal your hit points. Armor is very similar to hit points, but it requires someone with the skill repair to fix it back to full.

Death: If after 5 minutes of yelling and screaming for help, nobody has come to save you, your character dies. Dying is a big part of Dystopia Rising. After you die, you’ll head over to our Ops building where the storytelling team will provide you an amazing roleplay experience that will explain exactly what happened to your body and help drive the future actions and attitudes of your character.