Matthew Lillard, most known for Scooby-Doo and SLC Punk!, joins hosts Cynthia Marie, Ryan Omega, and Kai Norman to talk about being one the owners of a luxury gaming merchandise company, Beadle & Grimm's! We talk about what inspired the move to go into the luxury tabletop world and why they've become successful in this market.

In this episode, we also talk about stories of the films he's in, as well as geeking out to Magic: The Gathering!

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March 14, 2022

Dealing with Loss

After a slight break, Ryan Omega, Cynthia Marie, and Kai Norman get together to talk about their personal losses and how they have handled in both LARP/roleplaying and in real life.

This episode is more of a casual conversation among friends as we figure out our new direction with the talk show.

March 11, 2022

LARP Leadership

Kai Norman and Ryan Omega talk with guest, Anthea Tuley, a LARP runner of Refuge San Francisco and Alliance LARP in the SF Bay Area about the experiences and challenges of running a LARP. Discussion includes how LARP leadership has evolved over the years, how community management has become an important aspect, and giving suggestions for others in running their games.

This podcast was originally recorded May 23rd, 2021.

Cynthia Marie, Kai Norman and Ryan Omega invited Kelly Lynne D'Angelo, Native American writer and DnD Personality and Dr. Diana Leonard, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lewis and Clark to talk about the differences between appropriation and inspiration when it comes to roleplaying characters and creating world builds. 

In this timely topic, we address considerations of roleplaying an underrepresented group, what to do when you come across details that are not authentic in these cultures, and how our own personal identities and backgrounds shape how we roleplay. 

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On this episode, Dom Zook, producer of the Twitch channel, Saving Throw, joins Cyn, Kai, and Ryan about what it takes to produce a livestreamed roleplaying game show. We cover everything from the technical side, production logistics, and tips on balancing paying attention to the players of your game and to the audience at home. 

Dom Zook's Twitch channel is twitch.tv/savingthrowshow

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Hosts Kai Norman and Ryan Omega invite Mike Graves from Eldritch Sky Gaming and Spencer Winter to the show to talk about what makes a character that you are creating "memorable" in the eyes of other players.

The discussion includes how to work with archetypes yet avoid stereotypes and why creating a character that is "cool and perfect" will be frustrating to play rather than memorable. Also covered in this topic are tips on playing characters with underrepresented backgrounds (racial, gender, or sexual minorities) that are different from the player and how to avoid being accidentally problematic even when well-intentioned but still play that character in your game.

Ryan Omega and Kai Norman invite two guests who play archetypical characters of faith yet atypical concepts in LARP: Vivid Vivka, who plays a crow-fae druid in Twin Mask LARP and Dylan Buchanan, who plays a Telling Visionist priest inspired by Walt Disney in Dystopia Rising.

We discuss what attracts people to playing characters of faith and why it can be addictive roleplay to those players, tips on how to enhance conveying spirituality with costuming and props, and why preaching your religion and aggressively handing our pamphlets is one of the least effective ways to roleplay a character of faith.

For today's episode, Cyn, Kai, and Ryan tackle a more light-hearted topic where you had to roleplay a character or plan a LARP or roleplaying game and things fell apart at that moment. So we talk about our epic fails (and how we dealt with them) and our unexpected triumphs when things in our roleplay took a wide left turn!

And we did this over drinks. So some of the podcast also didn't go as planned (but decided to keep this in editing!)

What happens if you no longer find joy in roleplaying or LARP? Is it because your time with the hobby or game is over is there something else happening?

We invite back Tessa Thurman to the show as we discuss what happens in our brain chemistry when we experience LARP fatigue (or Roleplay fatigue) and what are solutions to resolve these issues so we can find joy in roleplay again in our games.

Tessa Thurman is a game designer and game writer who also runs escape rooms, including virtual escape rooms during the time of quarantine.

Bleed, the roleplay concept where emotions you feel as your character are carried over into your real life, seems to be heightened while we roleplay over Zoom during the pandemic. 

Ryan, Cyn, and Kai talk with our guest, Tessa Thurman, about the scientific and chemical processes in our brain that allow us to feel the highs and lows of roleplay and discuss strategies on how to mitigate those lows from affecting our everyday mood.

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