What is LARP? In this podcast, our panel answers this question and everyone has a very different answer.

We also cover Kai Norman's experiences running his own LARP, his first opening game of Dystopia Rising: NorCal and things he has learned from that.

Our guests are Jared Rico, who plays in various LARPs in SoCal including Twin Mask and Empty Thrones and known colloquially as the "Meme Goblin," and Cyn's sister, Lex, who is a player in Twin Mask and the One World by Night Vampire game, LaSangre.

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How does a LARP deal with the scaling of a game from about 20 players to nearly 200 people at an event? Joining Ryan Omega and guest host, CW Fox, are Angela and John Basset, the creators of Twin Mask, a Southern California LARP that has been dealing with recent expansions in game. They share what they have learned in making a game grow to accommodate a larger player base as well as their thoughts and opinions of the recent popularity of LARP not just in geek culture, but in the mainstream.

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In this podcast, we focus on the art of making props with our very own Kai Norman and our special guest Lauren Markland. Both have had extensive experience in crafting prop items, clothing and weapons in the entertainment industry and they share tips and tricks on how they bring that creative expertise to LARP.

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Kai, Ryan and Lauren with... "handfeet."

 

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Many LARP genres like vampire and post-apocalyptic LARPs often have a hint of humor or lightness in their games and this podcast covers how a little bit of humor can temper a darker game. We also cover setting up ambiance in a LARP game and the humor inspired by that.

Joining Ryan and Cynthia today is Bruce Monach and Joanna Cross, storytellers from the custom Vampire LARP, Hollywood Forever LARP. Bruce also is the Game Master and Game Creator of the show "Anesidora" on the Maze Arcana channel.

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Have you played a character concept in a LARP and realized you don't know where to take your character in the story? Or have you played a long time character, about to start another, but completely clueless where to start?

Hosts, Ryan and Cynthia Marie are joined by guests, CW Fox and PJ Megaw, to discuss different ways to avoid getting stuck with your character and brainstorming new character concepts.

At least it started this way. There's going to be a lot of discussion about Cheesy pizza places and bad accents in this podcast.  

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In this interview recorded while at Gen Con, Kai Norman and Ryan Omega interview Matthew Webb from Jackalope Live Action Studios, starting from the discussion of Webb's blockbuster LARP, "The Night in Question," into the exploration of why people indulge in stories of monsters, gore and evil and why villains are so seductive. And when these narratives translate into a live action roleplaying event, the responsibility that the event runners have to keep everyone safe when exploring these dark topics.

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It was 110 degrees when we were sharing a bottle of pink wine and Ryan, Cynthia Marie, Kai and Tobias McCurry talked about stories of long time friendships from LARP and roleplaying. While segueing into other topics, we talk extensively about reaching for the safety of communities in LARP as the foundation for many of these friendships and relationships to grow.

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Cynthia Marie and Ryan Omega do a last minute get together with P.J. Megaw and Courtney Kraft to talk about the game "Arcana High," everything from the inspirations behind this game among friends to becoming a Dungeons & Dragons game as a show on Maze Arcana on Twitch.

Over a large bottle of unfiltered sake.

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Inspired by a late night conversation that ran until 4am, we are covering the topic "Why Do We Play?" which goes into personal and philosophical discussions on the nature of play.

B. Dave Walters is a Storyteller, Geek, Motivator, and proud Scoundrel American. Dungeon Master of Theogony of Kairos and cast member of Inkwell Society on Maze Arcana, and We're Alive: Frontier on Project Alpha. Co-host of Ask Your Black Geek Friend on Geek & Sundry, and the Rundown Predator web series for Fox! He was a player in Dungeons & Dragons first livestreamed LARP, "Off The Table" at the event Stream of Many Eyes run by Ivan Van Norman and is a current player in Bruce Monach and Ryan Omega's Vampire: the Masquerade LARP as the Ventrue Primogen.

P.J. Megaw is a gamer and dork, playing D&D since 2008 playing every edition from AD&D to his beloved 5th edition. When he’s not gaming at the table he’s an avid LARPer in the California area in the LARPs Twin Mask and Vampire: the Masquerade. When he’s not enjoying his favorite geeky pastimes he’s an actor in film and television with years of comedic, dramatic and improv experience. You may recognize him from the stage combat vote based improv comedy show The Video Games that toured the California Comic Con circuit and just retired after a 3 year tour! 

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In the effort to help people worried about going to their first LARP, Kai Norman and Ryan Omega go over EVERY instance of preparation someone needs to physically and psychologically prepare for their first LARP, whether parlor, boffer, Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy or Vampire.

We may have gone overboard; we feel you will also be prepared for an actual end of the world scenario if you listen to this podcast.

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