If you are itching to tell stories and love the Utopia Descending universe, here is some basic information that you need to know before you contact us for an application.
Utopia Descending is a franchise. We build a world, a system to tell stories, baseline mechanics, and you duplicate that system and use our tools and resources to do the same. Not the same stories, but stories in the same world.
We are a franchise because there are standardized requirements for the business aspect of running the game. However, once inside the game universe, the oversight you have with the story of your lost territories and mechanics is much larger than what you will find in most networks. Since the Rifts change reality you can define your thematic aspects, your mechanical interpretation, and control the vast majority of story continuity within your "bubble".
Utopia Descending is an intellectual property and mechanics system that offers rules light conflict resolution. Utopia Descending is also a franchise of evolving best practices to function as a business LARP (be it profit, non-profit, or a not-for-profit company). Utopia Descending is a growing network of LARPers who want to live the experiences instead of narrating or mechanically grinding their experiences. What Utopia Descending is, is an amazing sandbox that you can use to define your own Lost Territory within boarders that we work on together.
It's time for you to make a mark on the world instead of waiting for other people to give you permission.
If you want to be a part of the LARP revolution, if you have stories and worlds you want to share, and if you want to network with and have mentor-ship from some of the most successful people in the LARP entertainment business. Then you are looking to host your own Utopia Risings.
Here is how it works:
Step 1: Read the New Branch Info page and contact us via the form to express your interest.
Step 2: Once we have confirmed that there is an opening for a branch in your region or state of interest, a member of our team will reach out to you. We will provide you with the Franchisee Application. Applications are reviewed quarterly, on the 15th of each third month.
Step 3: If we elect to move forward with your application, we will contact you to do an online/phone interview. At this time, we will provide you with the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), including the form of contract and related documents for review.
Step 4: After a successful online/phone interview, we require the team of intended Directors/Managers to visit a Utopia Descending branch, at our discretion, for a guest visit and in-person meeting.
Step 5: We will conduct a background check on all applicable owners.
Step 6: Final Franchise Review
Step 7: Execution of Franchise Agreement
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre sale registration and disclosure.