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Become a Referee

Do you run larps? Enjoy taking on the role of GM and making things happen? Interested in being a part of the DrachenFest US team? Do you hear the noble calling to put on the Yellow Hat?

help bring the drachen lands to life

Do you enjoy taking on the role of Game Master and making things happen? Do you like designing magical artifacts and mystic rituals? Do you feel passionate about safety and fairness on and off the battlefield? Do you love seeing all the narrative threads come together in one big tapestry?

Come join the DrachenFest-US Team and become a Referee!

We can’t do it without you! Referees (“Refs”) play a crucial role in making the festival happen, from guiding players and enforcing combat safety to coordinating plot and logistics. Refs ensure the contest to win the DrachenFest is fair, safe, and exciting for all.

You'll have a birds-eye-view of the festival as it unfolds, watching as players tell their stories and make their moves to win the Dragon Eggs. No experience is required! Whether you are brand new to larping or a seasoned veteran, we will provide all the training and the tools you will need—including the fancy Yellow Hat!

What Do Referees Do?

  • Guide players and their developing stories through the sandbox larp experience

  • Supervise game mechanics like alchemy, ritual magic, combat, and sabotage

  • Ensure safety and fairness in the playspace

  • Manage event safety and logistics as part of a larger team

  • Build on the lessons and adventures of a multi-year collaborative project

  • Model our inclusive game culture and play-to-lift playstyle

What Are The Incentives?

  • Free Early Arrival Ticket to DrachenFest-US

  • Two Free Staff T-shirts

  • One Free Staff Hat*

  • Meal Plan - 3 meals per day throughout the Festival

  • One Early Arrival Voucher for a Significant Other or Traveling Companion

  • Join a Referee-Exclusive Bazaar Enterprise

  • Discounts on DF-US merchandise, including tents and partner vendor products

  • Access to behind-the-scenes info and updates

*Returning referees are expected to bring their hat from previous years."

referee application

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Thanks for submitting!

Thank you for your interest in the DrachenFest-US Referee team! Applications are closed for the 2024 Season. 

Please stay tuned for new application information in early 2025!

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