Ryan Omega sits down with Ryan Galiotto, who has been a site manager dealing with many LARP game sites, to talk about LARP logistics. This includes acquiring sites for a LARP game with tips on making it easier, challenges to deal with and some stories of the best and worst sites in our experience.

We also talk about Galiotto's involvement in the early days of the vampire network One World by Night, as he was responsible for getting those sites for LARPs in Chicago when the games first began in this network.

This is from the Kublacon series of podcasts recorded over Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco.

Kai and Ryan interview Dustin Fletcher who came all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to talk about storytelling in LARPs but also in production. Our group has a unique set of backgrounds; all of us have worked in the entertainment industry, have experience playing games on livestream and have run LARPs.

We discuss some of our favorite moments as storytellers and the challenges we face wanting to tell a story when the LARP player base wants to do in a completely different direction and how we deal with that.

Dustin Fletcher runs the Dungeons & Dragons campaign, D4, alongside his Co-DM, Devan Henderson, on the #DnD Twitch channel. He has run LARP games and events with the emphasis on darker storytelling that includes making sets and props to create a more immersive world. He is also a professional movie propmaker and costumer. 

WARNING: This episode has discussions on graphic cruelty, torture and miscarriages, as related to storytelling and how player consent is important. Audience discretion is advised.

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Picture of Dustin and Devan from D4 as an Ettin. Picture by @sebepic on Twitter.

In this episode, Ryan talks to Tina Braganza about the differences and similarities of Improv vs LARP. Tina is a theatrical performer and does not label herself as a gamer, so she has a unique perspective on this topic.

We do this on a Sunday morning over breakfast mimosas which definitely had an effect on the podcast!

We also tangent on the discussion of being People of Color in LARP, how that affects the character choices that we make in our roleplay interactions. 

This is part of the Kublacon series of podcasts recorded over Memorial Day Weekend.

Note: This podcast was reloaded due to found technical glitches in the original upload.

Recorded LIVE at WhedonCon from the "What is LARP?" program panel with Ryan Omega, Cynthia Marie, Courtney Kraft and PJ Megaw as the panelists. You'll hear the audience ask live questions of the panelists who are curious about live action roleplaying, and we talk a little bit about the WhedonCon LARP: Dr. Horrible's Superlative Fanfic, before the actual event.

June 5, 2019

LARP Convention Games

What differentiates LARP games at conventions from those held at other sites? Are convention LARPs more immersive and more new player friendly? And what are some tips for those trying your first LARP at a convention?

Ryan sits down with an assorted circle of guests with varying degrees of LARP experience: James Medina, Ashley Bargenquast, Anson Thurston and Alex Webber. We recorded this at Kublacon, a gaming convention in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend. As we were recording in a panel room, you'll hear guest voices who popped in their head to say hello and con murmuring outside the walls.

This recording was gone at Kublacon over Memorial Day Weekend and is the first of our Kublacon podcast series, interviewing and discussing various topics from the guests at the convention.

 

Roleplaying in games enables people to play several characters, but what if that person is someone that you have always wished to be? Ryan speaks with Chelle Gibbons, Taylor Frost and Aleks Thurman on how LARP has been a way to roleplay personality traits and even identities that we are curious to explore. We mention some of our personal experiences but also some advice when deciding to try this aspect of LARP for your next character.

This was recorded on a drive on the way to Kai's game of Dystopia Rising NorCal in a moving van so environmental noise is in the recording.

April 17, 2019

How to Ask for Help

The hosts, Kai, Cynthia Marie and Ryan go deep and get very personal into asking for help both in-character and in real life when it comes to live action roleplaying. We have very frank discussions about our own experiences and discuss practical solutions on what to do when a person is overwhelmed from a situation in LARP or how to deal with a person that makes you uncomfortable.

We also talk about the phenomenon "The Broken Stair" in LARP and how this affects the safety of the LARP community and what can be done to fix it.

 

 

This is a supplementary episode for Life. Action. RolePlay! where one of the hosts, Ryan, answers questions about the interactive LARP livestream show "Blank Slate" on the Scabby Rooster Twitch channel from the internet. 

The show is on Tuesdays at 8pm PST on twitch.tv/ScabbyRooster 

The first episode we posted here on Life. Action. RolePlay! wasn't actually the first that Cyn and I recorded.

We had another podcast that we recorded earlier which is our very first one. After listening to it, I decided that it wasn't... quite right to start off this Podcast. 

So Cyn and our friend, Nox, suggested I take our first podcast and react to it to see how bad it was and react to it.

It involved a lot of mimosas. You can hear the pour of champagne in the middle of the recording.

Let's take a trip down memory lane as we listen to, and I comment on, that very first recording for this show.

Trying to come up with a new character concept? Or maybe you've played a long time character like Ryan has and it's taking you at least two years to think of another idea? Guest host, Courtney Kraft, shares tips on coming up with a new character idea along with guests, Alexis George and Maxwell Colburn, experienced players with theatrical backgrounds that are known to play a variety of characters, principally in Dystopia Rising and Twin Mask.

Guest host, Courtney Kraft, is a LARPer with over 20 years of experience and is currently a writer and performer with Dungeon Master. Her notable experiences include working with many gaming businesses including Geek & Sundry, Anime Expo, and G4.

Alexis George is an editor and LARPer based out of Los Angeles. She currently is a player advocate at Twin Mask, and a writer and Operations Guide at the NorCal Dystopia Rising chapter. She can be found at @Alexisspeaking on Instagram and Twitter.

Maxwell Colburn is a crafter, dramaturge, and LARPer based out of North Hollywood. He is currently an Operations Guide at the NorCal Dystopia Rising chapter. He came to LARPing through battle games and is still an avid stick jock. He can be found on Instagram @DeniablePlausability.

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