“Growing up in the latter half of the twentieth century the destruction of the world was all to real. Mutually Assured Destruction was the accepted defence doctrine and “Protect and Survive” a genuine government campaign.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_and_Survive)
In 1984 the BBC broadcast Threads, a landmark docudrama laying out what nuclear war might be. The trailer is here if you would like to check it out. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgT4Y30DkaA)
With the Apocalypse hanging over the world it is perhaps natural that it became embedded in popular culture through books, films and games. Mad Max 2 and 3 in 1981 and 1985 created a gritty post apocalyptic world whose aesthetic clearly influences today’s post apocalyptic fans. Tabletop game giants TSR and GDW created Gamma World and Twilight 2000 which went on to inspire live action role playing games.
Fast forwarding to the new millennium and the idea of a an immersive post apocalyptic event took hold in California as Wasteland Weekend was born. Wasteland Weekend 10 in the Mojave Desert saw four and a half thousand enthusiasts building a post apocalyptic city which opened its gates for five days in 2019 setting a benchmark for PA excellence. Others followed, for example Junktown (Czech Republic) and Oldtown (Poland).
The PA scene in the U.K. has been generally smaller and more recent. Whilst there has been an influence in many places such as irregular live action games, meet ups at conventions and vehicle shows etc have allowed enthusiasts to share their props, builds and outfits plus gigs by V2A which have been instrumental in pushing PA as a scene. 2017 saw the first Apocalypticus/Road to Ruin which has its fourth show planned for July 2020 whilst for indoor PA Desolation at TimeQuake joined the calendar in early 2018 and 2019.
The PA scene is growing and developing. We want it to be a welcoming and inclusive world where folks can join in and bring their own creativity to the party. Haven will be part of this. It will be the biggest indoor post apocalyptic event in the UK which will offer space for older hands and newcomers alike. In the 1980s I spent time training for nuclear war and relaxed by creating the first big live action games. I would never have dreamt that there would be scope, opportunity and indeed the technology to build an immersive post apocalyptic event on this sort of scale.
In 2020 Haven will arrive. Don’t miss it - be part of the story at Haven 1 - The Emerging.”