EPISODE ARCHIVE

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Part 1: Winning The Larp (2017)

MUSIC LIST

Prologue by Bear McCreary

​Please Answer by Sono Sanctus

Larp suite by Sono Sanctus

Through the Woods by Sono Sanctus

Improbability by Sono Sanctus

Out of the Skies, Under the Earth by Chris Zabriskie

Through the Woods by Sono Sanctus




Larp stands for Live Action Role Play. That's about as simple as it gets when trying to understand what Larps are. They can be fantastical and magical, or they can be hyper-realistic dramas grappling with topical issues. And Larps are getting more popular -- maybe even on the verge of becoming mainstream. Game masters and Larpwrights Lizzie StarkEvan Torner, Caroline Murphy and Eirik Fatland explain why playing pretend is the right cathartic outlet for our times, and how Larps are becoming a new kind of art. 

In my 2017 episode Winning the Larp, I looked at the history of larps (live action role plays) and how the larping experience is different and deeply personal for each of the players. But I hadn’t done any larps myself. So this year, I delved deep into larping, where I discovered the thrill of stepping into someone else’s world, and the out-of-body experience of feeling emotions that aren’t yours.  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 145: Larping in Place

Live action role playing (larping) is finding new ways to thrive in digital spaces. I talk with Betsy Isaacson and Ryan Hart of Sinking Ship Creations about how the phone can be turned into a medium for audio drama. Carly Dwyer and Jasmine Kimieye Graham explain how anyone can feel empowered when working in I.T., especially when it’s a Magical Help Desk. Tiffany Keane Schaefer discovers that Zoom is the perfect medium to tell stories about space travel, and game designer Jessica Creane discovers that her interactive show Chaos Theory can be tailor-made for the present moment.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Part 2: How I Won the Larp (2019)