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Options September 27, 2017: LARPer?? I hardly know her!

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Artist Approx. start time
Welcome!  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
What are LARPers?  0:05:30 (Pop‑up)
Interview with Micah and Ralph  0:28:29 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 7:01pm TehBadDr:

Hello Ladies!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Michael 98145:

Lightweight Address Resolution Protocol
Avatar 7:03pm TehBadDr:

Is that a sword in you pocket, or are you a LARPER?
  7:04pm Mandy:

LARPing saved my life. no lie. I was massively depressed and introverted in my early 20s. meeting like-minded people, working on monthly projects, and working through my emotions through a character helped me become a better person.
  7:04pm DEZ:

invisibility cloak!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Asheville Jon:

no idea what larping is. i am not a beard wearing hipster cool guy, so....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm steve:

i too thought everyone knew about larping
Avatar 7:06pm TehBadDr:

Lighting bolts! Lighting bolts! Lighting bolts! MOM! Are my pizza bites ready?
Avatar 7:07pm Will from Seattle:

this is the lightning bolt thing that guy was talking about
Avatar 7:07pm dale:

ken knows felching though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm ultradamno:

Don't most LARP at their work?
Avatar 7:09pm Jeff:

When I gave my quote I totally had LARPing confused with MMORPG.

LARPers actually go outside to play, right? I don't even do that!
  7:09pm Mandy:

it so so hard to understand how compelling larping is without actually trying it out. it's like theater but you are both the audience and the actor at the same time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Asheville Jon:

they sounds like hipster dweebs
Avatar 7:09pm TehBadDr:

Leather work, and chain male on the side!
Avatar 7:10pm kimzilla:

@Mandy, I totally agree!
  7:11pm dez:

didn't think of this until now but how different would this be from a Star Wars cosplay convention where theres hundreds of Jedi, Sith, droid and monsters running around with custom built weapons?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm RomanDogBird:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Asheville Jon:

  7:13pm dez:

i don't hear the term Larper thrown around much in the star wars universe where I spend far too much time
  7:13pm Mandy:

@dez, it's different because it's an ongoing story and everyone is involved. at a con it's about you in a costume posing for an audience. larping has no audience except the players.
Avatar 7:13pm Jeff:

So wait, is old-school activity like the SCA (which I totally remember from nearly 40 years ago) considered a subset of LARPing?
Avatar 7:13pm Kate:

Lord of the Rings is nerdy? Holy Rivendale Batman!
Avatar 7:13pm kimzilla:

@Dez, but the difference is that they play a character that they made up, with a plot that they make up with specific rules, like in a video game. Where as the folks at a convention dress up to play a perfect replica of an established character.
Avatar 7:15pm Will from Seattle:

all the world's a stage...
Avatar 7:15pm Kate:

Dell, Rivendell, sorry. Loss of nerd points.
  7:16pm Mandy:

@Jeff, I do SCA too. not really but I think it is. if you ask the wrong SCAdian you will offend them. they can be very sensitive to nerdy levels
Avatar 7:21pm Kate:

We have nerf gun wars at my office sometimes and we are all real characters (without costumes), do we qualify?
  7:22pm dez:

good point on the audience aspect
Avatar 7:23pm Jeff:

@Mandy - I'm totally unsurprised people might get touchy about which world they belong to (especially if they see a new movement coming up and they're all "But we were here first!)
Avatar 7:24pm TehBadDr:

Is that sword a cut out bit of cardboard wrapped in foil? You gonna run me through with that?
Avatar 7:25pm kimzilla:

@TedBadDr, they actually have regulations around weapon, they are foam.
Avatar 7:29pm TehBadDr:

So who's keeping score? Is there a ref?
Avatar 7:30pm kimzilla:

It's an honor system, and then I think you give it to the leader of the LARP so the records are tracked.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm ultradamno:

Do all the people who play monsters in the night ever throw their own private parties? Like a real graveyard smash?
  7:30pm Mandy:

@TehBad other players and there are marshals/storytellers who are not in game at the time watching over it. but mostly it is honor system. people who cheat usually get theirs
Avatar 7:31pm kimzilla:

Oh good, we have a LARPer here to answer the heavy hitting questions. Thanks @Mandy
  7:31pm Emily:

@ultradamno I would totally go to that party.
  7:32pm Emily:

Thank you Mandy! And welcome :)
  7:33pm Marc15:

I have cried when characters on television shows I like to watch are killed off
Avatar 7:33pm kimzilla:

What would your character be?
Avatar 7:33pm kimzilla:

@Marc15, sooo true!
  7:34pm Mandy:

LOL I am happy to anonymously answer questions. thanks for the love, IRL.
Avatar 7:35pm TehBadDr:

Colander helmet! A fellow Pastifarian!
Avatar 7:39pm TehBadDr:

What did the girl scouts think of all that?
Avatar 7:40pm Will from Seattle:

there's a LARP group that meets at Volunteer park in Seattle frequently. But nerdy things like that tend to be better understood & tolerated more here, so they probably aren't as concerned about trolling from outsiders
  7:41pm Mandy:

your first character is always you. I realized I had successfully managed my depression and anxiety when I felt uncomfortable playing my first character. but creating her helped me understand myself in a healthy way.
Avatar 7:44pm kimzilla:

@Mandy, can you talk about the female perspective in the LARPing community? I understand that there are a lot more woman now, but it wasn't always that way. How long have you been doing this?
Avatar 7:45pm Kate:

@Mandy I totally get that. We heal ourselves by engaging with ourselves in new ways.
  7:48pm Mom:

Who doesn't like to escape reality and take on a different persona? Sounds like a creative way to do it but I wonder how they find the time and/or money.
  7:49pm Mom:

correction: who "wouldn't" not who "doesn't!"
  7:49pm Mandy:

I've been larping since 2009. My games have a very slight majority male, and I have never felt uncomfortable around men. there are some games that have misogynist players and you just don't attend those. you have every right to say no to an interaction. and there are player representatives that you can talk to
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Switchblade Batman:

Baseball bat weilding ninja.
  7:50pm Mandy:

......and my games are strictly PG13. if you're ever uncomfortable there are player representatives that you can talk to.
  7:51pm dez:

otis reacted to you saying 'pippi'
Avatar 7:51pm TehBadDr:

Mitch McConnell, but compassionate and effective, and so turtle like?
  7:52pm Mandy:

my current character is a swamp witch alchemist who is a lizard person. like Stevie Nicks who is a magical wizard
Avatar 7:52pm TehBadDr:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm chris:

that sounds awesome, Mandy! :)
  7:54pm Mandy:

it's totally random that I stumbled on this. (also I HATE HATE HATE Renaissance faires.....)
  7:54pm Mandy:

email me you guys! lol come larping with me aknightofcups@gmail.com
  7:55pm listener 126464:

Thanks DJs enjoyed the show again!
Avatar 7:55pm Kate:

Amazon queen with a lisp and a limp
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm ultradamno:

Electromagnetic poltergeist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm chris:

i am clearly not cool enough for larping, but this has been great to learn about. thanks again, Emily and Kimzilla and all.
Avatar 7:57pm TehBadDr:

I want to go LARPING @ Disney World as "Bad Mickey"!
  7:57pm Mandy:

thanks you guys send an email to me I'm in NJ! bye bye
Avatar 7:59pm Jeff:

On the Burning Man thing, to paraphrase that Hanns Johst line:

Wenn ich Playa höre ... entsichere ich meine Browning!
Avatar 7:59pm TehBadDr:

Thanx for the input Mandy, interesting show as always Kimzilla and Em!
  7:59pm KC:

For those fearing time commitments, not all LARPs are ongoing stories. There are many (especially at conventions) that are one-shots; a story contained in one, four hour session.
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