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Life. Action. RolePlay! A LARP Podcast
98 minutes | 2 months ago
Appropriation vs. Inspiration in Roleplaying (feat. Kelly Lynne D'Angelo and Dr. Diana Leonard)
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. New and present content each week on our Twitch channel twitch.tv/lifeactionroleplay For behind the scenes access, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/lifeactionroleplay
93 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Produce an RPG Stream (feat. Dom Zook)
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 Life. Action. RolePlay's Twitch channel is twitch.tv/lifeactionroleplay for their latest content. For behind the scenes content, Life. Action. RolePlay's Patreon is www.patron.com/lifeactionroleplay
75 minutes | 5 months ago
How to Make Memorable Characters
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.
77 minutes | 5 months ago
How to Play Characters of Faith
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.
77 minutes | 6 months ago
Things That Don't Go As Planned
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!)
65 minutes | 6 months ago
How to deal with LARP and Roleplay Fatigue
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.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Dealing with Bleed under Quarantine (feat. Tessa Thurman)
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.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Outline vs Sandbox Storytelling. Which one are you? (feat. Kailey Bray)
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 collectively figure out which types of storytellers we are, how do we prevent decision paralysis in players and when we give players a nudge when they take too long?
88 minutes | 9 months ago
The Future of LARP (feat. Fabienne Miskelly and Garrett Hallows)
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, including an in-depth discussion on the different virtual LARPs taking place in Discord and Tik-Tok. We also speculate what Physical LARPs will look like when we are cleared to interact socially again in physical spaces.
71 minutes | 10 months ago
Making Puzzles (feat. Mikey Strange)
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 Einstein Puzzle, and Ryan talks about his favorite storytelling puzzle as a one-shot mod.
61 minutes | 10 months ago
#RealityRP from DnD Live 2020
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 finding clues on the DnD Live 2020 website, and a live-streamed reality programming elimination event.Here the designers and performers talk about the event, all the behind-the-scenes that people didn't see on live video and their favorite moments from the three-day game.
67 minutes | a year ago
Dungeons & Dragons #DnDLive2020 (feat. Greg Tito)
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 Reality gaming, LARP and canon DnD characters, and his experiences directing the intro videos for Dungeons & Dragons.
45 minutes | a year ago
Visual Storytelling (feat. Shea Gibbons and Ezekiel Bradshaw-Little)
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 This has been edited to tighten the track without removing the original content.
64 minutes | a year ago
World of Darkness: Roleplay and Community (featuring Jason Carl)
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 remove long pauses or live broadcasting issues. To catch live episodes of Life. Action. RolePlay! Tune in to the twitch channel under http://www.twitch.tv/lifeactionroleplay!
76 minutes | a year ago
How to Roleplay, from our first Live talk show!
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 noises.If you want to support the Life. Action. RolePlay podcast and Twitch channel, go to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/lifeactionroleplay!
55 minutes | a year ago
Playing While Social Distancing and Staying Motivated
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 called "work/play" by Alex Flanigan in this podcast, found at: https://therealalexflanigan.itch.io/workplay-a-microrpg-collection-for-difficult-days?fbclid=IwAR25wtXP7MzsX_AuSxq5H3uV3lnv7iVPYPQeTa4k3mzRGGy_Gb7ebTPqTS0
70 minutes | a year ago
Different Ways to Make a Character Background
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 that could end badly for your character.You can take the Bartle Test of Gamer Psychology at this link here: https://matthewbarr.co.uk/bartle/
61 minutes | a year ago
How to Do the Dumb (feat. Tobias McCurry)
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 is a maker, costumer, and performer out of Seattle, WA. Known primarily for his participation in the show "Steampunk'd" on GSN, and his Steampunk creations such as his "Spring-Heeled Jack" outfit, his most notable works involve his unique take on costuming. He strives to integrate special effects knowledge and practicality into outfits, props, and other projects.Coming from a strong background of professional theatre and performance involving anything from spewing fire to sword fighting, Tobias has made himself the jack of all trades of event production. Utilizing his knowledge of the performing arts, he has expanded the art to platforms such as Live Action Roleplaying (LARP), independent film/commercials, and the convention circuit itself!Participating in LARP across the US for over a decade, he has become strong advocate for its creative and mental benefits as a performing art for nerds. Tobias has engaged in genres such as Medieval Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Steampunk and more while encompassing aspects such as character development, production, interpersonal communication and practical costuming.
59 minutes | a year ago
Liveplay on Stream vs. Live Action Role Playing
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?" and "What kind of characters are more difficult to roleplay in a LARP vs Livestream?"
95 minutes | a year ago
The Blank Slate Deep Dive
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.This episode will have some spoilers as we get into the details of what influenced and behind the scenes events each season.
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