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Mar. 5th, 2015 @ 10:30 am I've been LARPing a while now, I guess?
So, I just went to update my LARP resume after an excellent Intercon O, and I realized two things:

1. I just played in my 100th theater-style non-campaign LARP (For Those in Peril on the Sea), and
2. I have been LARPing for 10 years

I started LARPing in 2005, as a wee freshperson, when some folks at BSCF handed me a sheet of paper and said, "Hey, do you want to play a fun roleplaying game? Fill out this application." It was for the 2005 Brandeis run of TMA. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I certainly don't regret it!
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Apr. 24th, 2014 @ 11:18 am Play in Resonance! Excellent fun!

Hey all! Resonance is looking for two more players for Saturday night after some short-notice drops! It's an amnesia game so there's very little prep or costuming to do, and it's also a very fun time.

Sign up on the con schedule: http://2014.festivalofthelarps.com/schedules/57

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Mar. 18th, 2014 @ 09:44 am Festival of the LARPS 2014: ¡Fiestaval! Signups open tonight
Everyone should sign up for this year's Brandeis Festival of the LARPs! Signups for games open tonight at 7 (it's an awesome schedule, check it out here. Remember that you have to sign up for the con before you can sign up for any games.

It's going to be an excellent time!
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Mar. 4th, 2014 @ 01:58 pm What I did for my Intercon N Vacation, Part 1

I like doing con reports, they're fun, so I'm doing one for Intercon N, which was a fun Intercon.

Friday night: Allan Meadows in Rough Choices: A Dresden Files LARP Adventure.
I was happy to learn after signing up for this game that lots of people I like roleplaying with like staystrong62805 and in_water_writ and shadowravyn and ocelotspots and laura47 were also in it! It seemed like this GM team took a different tack than most in our circles do, though. It was a 5-hour game and no one had more than a one page character sheet. We resolved to work together to flesh out and interconnect our characters, as is apparently the intention of the GM's, and I think that worked out really well. I had a fun time, always with someone to talk to or something to do and lots of Dresden-y weirdness floating about. I got to do my character's shtick once, which was fun. ocelotspots and I had an awkward-cute (cute-awkward) romance plot that proved to be a lot of fun, as well. laura47 and I had a great scene where she helped my poor clueless character figure out how to talk to girls. It seems like the writing on characters was very uneven, though - laura47 was basically given Bella from Twilight but with even fewer distinguishing features. All in all, I don't know that it was a super-great game, but I had a good time and I think a lot of people at least had better times than they were expecting.

Saturday morning: Prisoner Beta-7 in The Prison.
The Prison is a game I've wanted to play since it got such rave reviews at last SLAW. It's an impressive game, and a curious one, really as much a social experiment as a LARP in some ways. A group of prisoners are sentenced to death. Two prisoners will be chosen at random to be judges and sentence another prisoner to be executed within an allotted time frame (e.g., 10 minutes), which cannot be one of the judges. If they do not agree on a prisoner to execute at the end of 10 minutes, one of the judges is chosen at random to be executed. Then a new set of two judges is randomly selected and the process repeats. Whoever remains alive at "the end" is permitted to go free. The result is a fascinating discourse between characters all thrust into a loathsome situation, all to varying degrees desperate to survive and sympathetic to their fellow inmates. Lots of good discussion about the meaning of justice, the significance of law, and how to determine whether someone "deserves" to die - and EVERY character in this game occupies some fascinating moral grey area. I highly recommend it.

Saturday afternoon: Titus Varro in The Bloody Harvest of Pomona
I liked my character in this game a lot - he was a meathead, but a loyal and mostly good-hearted one, with clear goals and a headspace I found surprisingly easy to slip into. I'm...not sure what this says about me, really. It was useful that my character's "boss" was a very energetic and proactive LARPer, so he was always giving me some little task to do which kept me busy, and being a bodyguard/security type is a wonderful excuse for wandering everywhere and sticking your nose in other people's business. I tried to do the romance mechanic, which required matching cards with a prospective partner, but never managed to even match colors (the minimum required for mutual attraction). I enjoyed myself overall, mostly because I found the character to be different enough from myself to be fun and interesting to play, but the game itself had some issues, I think. Spoilery issues.

Spoilers for the Bloody Harvest of PomonaCollapse )

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Jul. 22nd, 2013 @ 09:01 am Devil to Pay Costuming
Does anyone have a long, pirate-y coat that I could borrow this coming Saturday? Triple bonus points if it's black.
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May. 14th, 2013 @ 04:24 pm Bird-a-thon 2013
Every year I go and do this thing with my co-workers where we try to see as many birds as possible in a day. It's called Bird-a-thon, and it's to raise money for Mass Audubon. It's always a lot of fun, and Mass Audubon is a great organization doing important conservation work in Massachusetts. Bird-a-thon is this Saturday, so If you feel like donating to support my team, you can check out our fundraising page. If you donate $75.00 or more, you get a wonderful Ruby-throated Hummingbird print from David Sibley himself!
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Mar. 4th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm Triskaidekafestival Plans

I should definitely do a "what am I signing up for" thing for my own con. Did I mention that signups open tonight? They totally do! Go check out the schedule and be ready to sign up at 7! Also it is not too late to bid a game, and we could use a few more!

Friday Night
Running The Prince Comes of Age with morethings5 and Bernie. I'd like to get a good mix of experienced and new LARPers, because I think Prince is a pretty newbie-friendly game but we also have friends who have not yet played!

Saturday Morning
I've wanted to play Shine since I first heard about it, and had to miss it at Intercon. Especially now after hearing good feedback from the first run, I am even more eager to play at Festival, and being the con chair it's not as though I won't be there in the morning anyway. First-round pick!

Saturday Afternoon
All of the stuff I said about Shine above also applies to High Tea, but High Tea is a bigger game and has run more times, so I am hoping that it doesn't fill first round. Second-round pick; failing that, I would be interested in playing any of the other afternoon games, except Garden of Forking Paths, which I already played and thoroughly enjoyed.

Saturday Night
Tough choice! I would love to finally play in House of the Rising Sun, which I have always somehow missed in previous runs. Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged LARP comes highly recommended and sounds like great fun, so I would be happy with that, too. A Single Silver Coin is also very tempting - love the concept, love the creative team. There's no way that The Other Side of the Glass will still be open by third round, and I've already played Cracks in the Orb (which was AMAZING). I'd be happy with any of lots of options in this slot.

Sunday Morning
I'll be helping zapf by AGM'ing An Un-Conventional Odyssey, unless he can find someone else, in which case I'd love to play in Break A Leg or just run around putting out fires as Con Chair. Most fires are dealt with by Sunday, though.

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Feb. 26th, 2013 @ 11:30 pm Festival Schedule is up!
Guys! I am running a con! It is not this weekend, like another awesome con I know, but it is in a month and a half or so and now you can go check out the schedule! Soon you will also be able to sign up for a game! After that, multiple games!

Hooray LARPing! Spread the word!
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Feb. 6th, 2013 @ 09:46 am [SIGNAL BOOST PLZ] Festival of the LARPs needs more games!
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Hey everyone! I know it's still months away (and on the other side of Intercon, to boot) but as your friendly Con Chair I would like to get a final Festival of the LARPs schedule up in the somewhat-near future. We've had a bunch of great games bid that I'm really looking forward to, but it's not yet a full schedule. So, if you love Brandeis' annual free LARP convention, consider bidding a game. There are lots of great games by local authors that we'd be thrilled to have, and if we don't have a full schedule, the con just doesn't happen. There are games available to be run by people who don't want to write their own, too - easy, fun games that make a great introduction to GMing or easier con prep for experienced GM's.

Bidding a game is SUPER EASY, you guys. Just go to the Festival website and click the link to fill out the bid form. It will probably take you five minutes or less.
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Dec. 13th, 2012 @ 03:58 pm Festival of the LARPs 2013!
YOU GUYS! I am running a Con! It's the 2013 iteration of Brandeis Festival of the LARPs happening April 12-14! I have dubbed it Triskaidekafestival, because 2013, and also it is happening on the 13th of April!

You should totally sign up and bid games at the website here, or check out the Facebook event here!
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