Life. Action. RolePlay! A LARP Podcast

Life. Action. RolePlay! A LARP Podcast

A podcast about all things LARP (Live Action Role Playing) and other details about life with hosts Ryan Omega, Cynthia Marie, and Kai Norman... Show More

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September 9, 2020 62 min

Outline Storytellers and Game Masters guide their players along a prescripted path. Sandbox Storytellers and Game Masters give their players freedom to do things until confronted with boundaries. How can you tell which one you are and how can you prevent railroading your players, where players are given no options except the story you wrote?

Joining us is Kailey Bray, the DM for Damsels and Dice, the Disney Princess DnD game, as we ...

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With the current quarantines in place, there has been a couple of questions most LARPers are afraid to ask: What will the future of LARP look like? Will things ever return to normal?

Joining us for this topic are Garrett Hallows, the Head of Story for Twin Mask, and Fabienne Miskelly, one of the producers for the Twitch channel, Scabby Rooster, to talk about the adaptations current LARPs need to continue making roleplay accessible, ...

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July 12, 2020 70 min

Cynthia Marie, Kai Norman and Ryan Omega welcome Mikey Strange, a storyteller for Twin Mask LARP and the puzzle maker for Aetherhaus Academy on the Twitch channel, Scabby Rooster. 

Cyn takes the host helm while Mikey, Kai and Ryan all talk about how their methods of creating puzzles and using puzzles in their storytelling. Mikey shares where his inspirations for puzzles come from, Kai explains in detail his favorite puzzle, the Eins...

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July 11, 2020 60 min

Ryan and Cyn are joined by Krystina Arielle, Jordan Raskopoulos, and Sharang Biswas and together, they were all part of #RealityRP, one of the featured events for DnD Live 2020. Sharang and Ryan were two of the five narrative designers and Krystina, Jordan and Cyn were three of the ten performers.

Reality RP was a comprehensive roleplay event that included roleplay on Instagram, discussions on Discord, twine adventures, the audience...

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Kai, Cynthia and Ryan invite Greg Tito, the Senior Communications Manager for Dungeons & Dragons, to talk about his D&D event of the year: DnD Live! Greg talks about the history of DnD Live, how the event showcases a different way to play and upcoming things about #DnDLive2020!

Ryan, who is one of the Narrative Team/game designers for DnDLive2020, will also talk about the development of #RealityRP which is a mixture of Real...

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Ryan, Cynthia Marie and Kai invite their friends, Shea Gibbons, the new Head of Story of Dystopia Rising: Northern California, and Ezekiel Bradshaw-Little, from the Community Management Team for Twin Mask, to talk about using costume, props and physical movement to enhance your characters.

This audio track was taken from the live talk show of "Life. Action. RolePlay!" on the new Twitch channel: twitch.tv/lifeactionroleplay 

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From our second live talk show of Life. Action. RolePlay! We are honored to bring back Jason Carl, Storyteller for LA by Night and Brand Marketing Manager for the World of Darkness. We talk about roleplaying in this time of COVID and how the World of Darkness, and roleplaying and LARP in general, are affected by it. We took questions from the live chat and answer them here.

The podcast has been edited from the live broadcast to remo...

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Ryan, Cynthia Marie and Kai did their first livestreamed talk show on their new LifeActionRolePlay twitch channel and invited the audience to ask questions live!

For the first live talk show, the topic "How to Roleplay" is kept general enough to involve people from beginners to veterans, and also address multiple roleplay scenarios from LARP to tabletop to livestreamed games.

The show has been edited to reduce pauses or stray...

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The hosts get together remotely to record a podcast about games we playing through this time of social distancing. At the time when we recorded this, lockdown has been effect for a while and we talk honestly about how we are doing and how we are coping.

The conversation moved into trying to be motivated to get throughout the day, so we also talk about using gaming as a way to accomplish things.

We reference a book of microLARPs calle...

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Cynthia Marie, Kai Norman, and Ryan Omega are finally back together for this episode of Life. Action. RolePlay! The topic is "Making Character Backgrounds" and we start with a test to see what KIND of character we like playing by taking the "Bartle Test" that tells us how we like to game.

We also segue into the idea of "Play to Lose," an advanced concept in roleplaying where you make bold narrative choices th...

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While visiting Seattle, Ryan interviews Tobias McCurry, a regular guest here on Life. Action. RolePlay! except visiting him in his hometown on Valentine's... er... Sonic Day! 

The topic is "How to Do The Dumb," a phrase referring to being brave enough to make a foolish choice as your character in a game rather than the wiser choice in real life. It means letting go of ego and embracing the fun in failure! 

Tobias McCurry...

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Cynthia Marie, Ryan Omega and their guest, Lex the Chameleon talk about the differences between roleplaying in LARP and roleplaying while on camera in a livestream. They use examples from their own shows such as LA by Night and Blank Slate as well as the LARPs they've attended, such as Twin Mask and Vampire LARPs.

We also address ideas like, "How much of your roleplaying is performing when you know you are watched on camera?...

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January 1, 2020 94 min

First podcast of the new year and we're back!

Kai Norman interviews his co-host, Ryan Omega, on the creation, inspirations and the methods to create his livestream LARP show, Blank Slate, on the Scabby Rooster channel on Twitch. They go into several behind-the-scenes details on how to storytell with several players, giving them player agency, and also break the fourth wall to involve the chat into influencing the overall story.

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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 gett...

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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 ...

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July 4, 2019 42 min

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 ...

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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.

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June 5, 2019 46 min

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 Franci...

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May 8, 2019 47 min

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 charact...

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April 17, 2019 81 min

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 Sta...

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