What Does Network Play Mean?
Dystopia Rising is registered franchise. What this means is that individual business owners look at what the original Dystopia Rising has done, and have approached the owners of the network for licensing rights to do do the same thing in their own town. This offers the individual game runner advantages because it provides standardized rules, published resources, education, and a network of fellow Directors (game owners) to work with and function along side.
The network offers its players access to not just their local game and community members but a nationwide set of games, in many states, where they can attend events as their established characters, making connections and having experiences. It also opens the door to a neighborhood of communities, each with it's own flavor and nuance but familiar in the shared hobby of larp.
With this in mind, each Dystopia Rising game is its own privately owned business. These businesses agree to function and abide by standard rules and genre materials provided by the creators of the Dystopia Rising Development team, and in exchange they have right to run their business and oversee their community within the greater neighborhood. These businesses benefit from a shared database of resources, shared network of communication, and the ability for players to travel from their home game to another.
This may be different than what many LARPers are accustomed to, as the owner(s) of the private business in many instances have the final say. Many social club gaming communities have large bureaucracy trees with tiers upon tiers of individuals that need to be spoken to for a decision to be made. As a franchise business, each individual Director and business owner functions the same as a small business owner / operator. If there is an issue where someone believes a branch owner is violating the standard operations guideline, or more importantly the law, they can report this issue to the Franchisor company Dystopia Rising LLC via the Contact Us page.
In the instance that a participant in the Dystopia Rising Network acts in such an egregious nature that a Business Owner decides to refuse service, they will notify the former customer as well as the rest of the franchisee owners. This will include why an individual has been refused service. Each franchisee has the opportunity to carry that refusal of service in their business as well. As the network is a team of Directors and Owners, it is common for such refusals to be upheld elsewhere as we all work to build a positive neighborhood of communities under the Dystopia Rising umbrella.