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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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 respo... Read more

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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 LA... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 conventio... Read more

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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 char... Read more

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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 "... Read more

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April 3, 2019 19 min

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 

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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.

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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... Read more

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Hosts Cynthia Marie, Kai and Ryan have a full table discussion with guests Vivid Vivka, Aelflaed and Liam Neary on how Veteran players affect long time running games, how they shape the experiences for new players and the whole game world and the responsibility veterans, intermediate players and new players have to each other to keep a LARP community going. 

We also define different ways what makes a veteran player in... Read more

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We made this podcast in response to one of the most searched topics on the internet in relation to LARP: "How to Win at LARP." But it is far more interesting to fail or set yourself up for failure in LARPs when it comes to roleplaying.

Ryan and Kai are joined by Ash Minnick, Kevin Pearl and Quintin Johnston to talk about their favorite moments when their characters or plot failed at LARP and why taking risks w... Read more

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We asked our listeners to our podcast to submit their favorite LARP story to us, in celebration of reaching 10,000 downloads here on Life. Action. RolePlay! So the hosts, Cynthia, Kai and I pick our favorites, read them and react.

These stories range from the romantic to the downright scary, some stories of personal pride and the outright funny, we are very thankful to receive these and we thought this would be a perfect ... Read more

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January 2, 2019 76 min

Sometimes we get ready for LARP very hyped but the day comes and we're not in the mood to play. We're either low energy or we're distracted by something outside of game that affects how we roleplay. 

Kai and Ryan are joined by James Dickinson, a marshal for Dystopia Rising: NorCal, as we talk about how players can get into a roleplay mood when they are not feeling it, how the community can reinforce positivity... Read more

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It's not unusual when people think of Non Player Characters (NPCs), they think of a generic character like a merchant with a script of a few repeated lines in a video game. But in LARP, while an NPC merchant needs to sell their wares, they may choose who to sell it to, what price, or even entertain a bargain because they are STILL a character. 

For this podcast, Kai and Ryan speak with Brian Richardson, Director o... Read more

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In today's podcast, we talk about online roleplay: everything from Forum RP to Discord to even Instant Messenger all the way back to MUDs and AOL Chat and we discuss how it is both like LARP and not like LARP at all.

Joining Cynthia Marie and Ryan Omega are Courtney Kraft, Community Manager of Alpha; Angela Basset, one of the owners of Twin Mask LARP; and Cyn's sister, Lex, who all share their experiences, cha... Read more

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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,"... Read more

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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 popu... Read more

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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.

 

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 Ga... Read more

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