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Friday, December 31, 2010

SSP: Promo for tRANTasaurusRex



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Daily Rants by a 1-Foot Tall Green Plastic Dinosaur

Audio Promo

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #30

Episode 30 - "I call upon Chaos to Wither your Year" - Recorded 12/21/2010 - Runtime 54m59s

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In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guest Leah Odin, talk about nerdy stuff and the last NorthCoast NERO event - http://www.northcoastnero.com - and shamelessly promote The Long Slow Death of a Twenty-Something - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1721691/ - the EHS production of Twelfth Night: A Western What You Will - http://www.ElkinsDrama.com - and the upcoming NERO Elkins events - http://www.dalantia.org

Music at the beginning is "O Mistress Mine", written by William Shakespeare, arranged and played by Karl Smakula, sung by Morgan Haas. All of this is part of Twelfth Night: A Western What You Will (Jan 6th & 7th @ Elkins High School Theatre, Elkins, WV - http://www.ElkinsDrama.com ). "O Mistress Mine" and two other tracks are available at http://bit.ly/eBhPZH

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LTAW #7: Noble Writ


For this week's LARP Thing-A-Week, I created Writs of Nobility for most of the NERO Elkins PC nobility.

What's a Writ of Nobility? This is a document stating that the character is a member of the peerage of a nation, the feudal hierarchy that governs that nation.

Why is it important? Falsely claiming a noble title is a crime in the Nations of Avalon (and likely everywhere that has a feudal government), so one must have one of these documents in order to claim a noble title and expect to be treated with the respect due to nobility. This is especially important when traveling to other nations where you are less well known.

I couldn't find any examples of this type of writ online, either in LARP or in history. My research, while not exhaustive, makes me think that these documents didn't really exist in history, or that they existed in some other form (grants of land, for instance, could prove a noble's land-holding status, and those do exist). I did find a Writ of Summons, which told a lord that he needed to attend parliament, and I drew some inspiration from that.

So, consider this an example to any of you who run LARPs or who are nobles and need to produce these writs for your underlings.

I used legal size paper to make it a bit fancier, and I printed it in a script style font, but I did not age the paper. I have seen these writs aged, but I don't think that's the way to go, unless you're producing an old document, like maybe the writ proclaiming Drakul to be Count of Transylvania.

The document should probably be written in flowery language (nobles love dressing things up), but don't let that get in the way of the important bits.
1) Who is granting the title. In my case, it's the king of our land, whose title is "Ilio"
2) Who the writ is for
3) What title the person has been granted and in what jurisdiction (also, if the title is an odd one, like ours, include what that title is equivalent to in other places the character may travel to)
4) A date on which the writ or title is granted

At the end, I put a sign (a scripted D for the king's signature) and a wax seal.

Here's what our language sounds like. Feel free to let these words inspire you.

His Royal Majesty
Big D
Ilio and Supreme Leader of Oilios, Dalantia, the Empire of the Sun, and the Lands of the Eight Fires
Defender of the Weak, Protector of Chivalry, Champion of the Right and Good

To Our right trusty and well beloved subject
Jim Bob Jones

Greeting

Whereas thou hast sworn fealty to Us in the Kingdom of Hoozlefoos and thou hast taken thy sacred oath to uphold Our most beloved and cherished Code of Chivalry and thine actions hath made Us much inclined to favor thee, We make thee
~Title~ of ~This Place~ (or "to ~this person~")
until such time as Our favor turns or We promote thee within Our ranks

Whereas the Kingdom of Hoozlefoos hath entered into agreement with the Accords of Avalon upon the N Day of Sometime in the year Something, thou shalt present this document to the ranking noble at the earliest convenience when visiting another land within the Concordance and the etiquette of the Concordance shall be considered due and proper respect and thou shalt be considered of the title
~Alternate Title Name~
when visiting other lands within the Concordance

Sealed and Presented on this
the X Day of Month in the year Six-Hundred Whatever

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

LTAW #6: Tabard Part 2 (Ideas for making it awesome!)

This is part 2 of the LARP Thing-A-Week Tabard project. For part 1 (making a basic tabard) go to http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org/2010/11/ltaw-4-tabard-part-1-simple-tabard.html

For this week's LARP Thing-A-Week, I've decided to revisit the tabard I started in Week 4, and make it look totally awesome... well, to personalize it. And, I've got some ideas for what you can do to make your tabard more special.



I've added a few things that make my tabard special: a border in a contrasting color, a painted symbol, and a matching belt.

Here's my border:

I used this neat gold satin that I found for $0.50 a yard. I knew I wanted gold. So, I folded it over the edge and sewed it into place. I figured out later that a ribbon would have been much easier, because the edges would have already been fixed and there would have been no need for a hem, so I could have just sewn it onto the side of the tabard that people would see. Oh well, you live and learn. I put the border along the edges and also around the neck line. Then, I made a tie belt from the same fabric, as you can see in the side picture:


Lastly, I created stencils to help me paint the insignia on the front. I thought about creating the insignia from fabric and sewing it on, but that seemed too difficult, especially because this satin frays so easily.


Some ideas for your tabard:
-Many people choose multiple colors for their tabard and sew them together in a checkered or chevron pattern
-The bottom doesn't have to be square; it can be pointed or curved instead.
-Use the symbols from your character's Coat of Arms
-Simple patterns can be made from fabric - try using fabric glue instead of sewing, but be aware that this will need repaired sooner than sewn patterns.
-Use Iron transfers to put a complex symbol on the tabard - but use the transfer sheets for dark t-shirts... even if your tabard is light-colored, I think these transfers look much better.
-Can't sew? Hire a seamstress from your town or LARP group

I'd like to see your tabards. What sets your adventuring group apart? Post links to the pics and ideas for others to use.

*Btw, this is the tabard for my barbarian's new adventuring group, and the design is based on the tabard for Alea Iacta Est, of which I am a proud member (Deathezaro)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

LTAW #5: Coat of Arms





There's a lot of history and tradition and law surrounding the heraldry of knighthood. Fortunately, we can pick and choose which of those rules and traditions we follow for LARP characters. I've always been a bit interested in heraldry, as a fan of knights and of history, so I've read quite a but of info on the subject, but here's the basics.

1) Coats of Arms were issued for individuals, not families. A son might take up his father's arms, but there are no familial shields. However, that's a rule LARPers could choose to ignore.

2) The main part of the arms is the shield. Your creation for your LARP character could be mirrored on his shield. Shapes of shields, style of mantle, and style of helmet on the crest are all determined by the artist or herald, so feel free to experiment with these. You may, for instance want your shield to be the same shape as your character's shield. If this is a crest for a modern-day character, perhaps a vampire who has been around for centuries, you may want the helm and shield to reflect a certain time period or location.

3) Heraldic symbols use colors and metals (silver, often represented by white, and gold, often represented by yellow). In general, metals should appear on top of colors and colors should appear on toil of metals or other colors.

I found a site with lots of info on heraldry. Of course, they're trying to sell you a custom designed Coat of Arms, but you're creative enough to take their tips (and maybe a couple of their images) and make your own, like I did. http://www.fleurdelis.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #29

Episode 29 - "I Call Upon Podcast to Create Unslept" - Recorded 11/30/2010 - Runtime 43m29s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guest Leah of Oden, play "All For Me Grog" by the Jolly Rogers - http://www.chivalry.com/jollyrogers/ - read emails from Daniel and Mike (Thanks so much!), rant a bit about the (dis)organization of NERO International and her chapters, and shamelessly promote The Long, Slow Death of a Twenty-Something - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf6qgpHfxIU + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1721691/ - Matt's book - http://memoirs.dalantia.org - LARP Thing A Week - http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org/search/label/LTAW - and the upcoming NorthCoast NERO - http://www.northcoastnero.com - and NERO Elkins events - http://www.dalantia.org

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LTAW #4: Tabard Part 1 (Simple Tabard)

This is part 1 of LTAW's tabard making 2-part special. For part 2, go to http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org/2010/12/ltaw-6-tabard-part-2-ideas-for-making.html

For this week's LARP Thing A Week, I made a simple tabard. A tabard is a great and super easy way to dress up a medieval fantasy LARP costume.

Here are some brave knights wearing tabards:

And of course, we've all seen the musketeers' tabards:

Wikipedia says:

In the late Middle Ages tabards, now open at the sides and so usually belted, were worn by knights over their armour, and usually emblazoned with their arms (though sometimes worn plain).

Tabards are easier to make than other garments, can reflect personal creativity, and can also show unity in a group (because the group can create their own costumes, but where the same tabards, and have instant identification). For those reasons, you'll see many LARPers sporting this piece of costuming. You'll also see NPCs sporting very simple tabards like the one I'm making here to represent creature skin colors and the like (I don't know which chapter I stole this image from; if you know, leave a comment):

So, on to making a tabard.

I bought this lovely red for my tabard. I'm going to add some extra decoration with gold later on. I don't recommend that anyone stick to one solid color, because you might be confused with a monster (especially if you pick the wrong color). But, I'll cover adding decorations and other features in Part 2.

A word about fabric selection: choose something thicker for your tabard. Thin stuff is great for spell packets. And stretchy stuff is supremely difficult to work with (and will pull in on itself on a tabard and look goofy). Muslin, canvas, upholstery fabric, and other thick fabrics work well for tabards. Thinner cotton blends will work, but you may find you need to sew two layers together if you use it (which makes for a reversible tabard; getting you more gobbies if you're donating it!)

I'd recommend that you buy 2 yards of whatever fabric you like. Generally, that's enough to make 2 tabards, but it'll save you some sewing even if you're only making 1. My fabric was 48 inches wide, which is pretty typical, but fabric comes folded in half before it's rolled onto the cardboard. So, it only looked to be 24 inches wide. Well, we'll make use of this fold. I cut it along this fold so I was left with two pieces 2 yards by 24 inches. Here's my cat inspecting my work:


Now, I put aside one of those pieces (to make another tabard or whatever), and folded my piece in half, right about where the cat was standing. Then, I folded it in half again the other way. Here, in the corner where all your folds meet, you cut a head hole. Don't make it very big; you can always enlarge it later, and it's really much bigger than it appears.

Here's what it looks like when I unfold the fabric:


Most fabrics have a tendency to fray:

The edges of some synthetics can be (carefully) melted to prevent fraying. But the easiest way to prevent fraying on any fabric is with a hem. The simplest hem is to fold the edge over, then fold it over again and sew it into place. Here's a hem on my fabric:

Now, I won't actually be hemming this now, because I'm going to do something neat with the edges in part 2.

Put the tabard on and mark the length you want. I like mine to go about mid thigh and be a bit longer in the back.

Tie a belt or sash around your waist, et voila, a simple tabard. (This one is a bit short... good thing I have another piece!)

Join me in Part 2 when I add some features to dress up my tabard.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm sure you've noticed by now that there's no MLC this week. That's because we've taken time off to spend with our families, and you should too, right after the Great Turkey War.



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Except you Canadians... you've already gotten your holiday ;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

LTAW #3: Dungeon Crawl


This week, I had a little extra time before the NERO Elkins Tavern Night, so, with some help from Amanda (who really helped create most of the puzzles), Sam (whom I kept in the dark), and Zach, I assembled a dungeon crawl, this week's LARP Thing a Week.

I didn't have any monsters, though they could easily be added in, so the environment had to provide the sense of danger. Traps also could have been added, but no traditional traps were used in this dungeon crawl.


We meet for Tavern Night in the theatre where I work, so we had a great space to set this up. I used different colors of spike tape to represent different barriers: green and grey repped walls, blue and purple repped ledges or drop-offs, and orange was also a ledge or drop-off but the ledge was glowing in-game.

I'll take you on a walk-through.


Your adventure begins in the Gryphon Guard Tavern. You hang out with other adventurers, swap stories, drink a few. One of the Winter clan, a hunter of undead creatures, comes in, seeking to hire some adventurers to retrieve some gems which will be used to craft an item to help him in the hunt.

If you choose to accompany him, he will lead you to a "cave" (really out the door and into another door). There, you see a ledge dropping into water below. You'll surely get hurt if you fall in, plus you'll be soaked! A couple pillars form islands in the water, but it will be a difficult jump for some in your party.


Then you remember something. There were some boards left over from the rebuilding of the tavern ((this worked for us because the tavern was "damaged" last year and needed repairs)). Where did those barbarians take them?

So, laying the boards across the pillars, you've formed a nifty bridge. Pretty simple.

It's just a quick walk across.

Now, you have to crawl to get through. ((Making low-hanging areas is essential to creating a LARP dungeon crawl. It is called a "crawl" after all. This sort of physicality is just what LARP is about. Just be aware that some player may have difficulty. Try to find ways to include them.))

After crawling through, you come to your next challenge. It looks just like the previous one, but this one is longer. It also features strange "glowing" pillars ((marked by orange tape)).

But, you forgot to bring the boards with you from the previous challenge, so you have to squeeze back through and get them.

After getting them, you start across. You have three long boards, and there are only four large gaps, so this shouldn't be too much of a trouble. Get your people out on pillars and boards, then send the first board up to bridge the final gap. But, of course, there's a twist ((there always is)). One of your companions stands on a glowing pillar. When you hand a board to him so he can place it, it sends magic up through his body to disintegrate the board (("Arcane Destroy Board")). Oops, now you only have two long boards and you have to get across without allowing any of the boards to touch the orange pillars or to touch a person who is on an orange pillar. ((Amanda and I designed this passage so that it was quite possible to do so with just two boards, because we knew at least one would get destroyed. We also included a number of smaller boards into the mix. They were essentially useless, but the adventurers brought them anyway, so they were good fodder for the destroy spells as well. We also had a back up plan. We would hide a board and the NPC she was playing would "see it" if we needed an extra. It was a challenge with the two boards. It was next to impossible with just one.))((Btw, players falling in at this stage would take 20 damage and be swept back to the first challenge. Items dropped would be lost.))

This challenge took some time, but now you make our way through passages to come across another gap to traverse. This one has pillars which are much more plentiful and can be used as stepping stones. But they're all different colors. Do they have effects associated with them?

((This is a challenge I've seen time and time again, and I use it often in dungeon environments. The paper on the floor represents pillars that can be used for safe passage, but the colors have meaning. In this case, the only color that meant anything was pink, which would drop an individual right into the water below -- take 20 damage, be swept back a goodly ways. I sometimes use the colors to help or harm by making each one a different spell. I also have used numbers. One time, I used playing cards on the pillars, each of which had an associated effect, which would change whenever someone stepped on the pillar. I thought about color blindness when I made this challenge, and lo and behold, one of the players was color blind. However, the others marked the correct path with spell packets, and he only fell in once. :) The only thing I would change is to secure the paper a bit better. I only used two small pieces of duct tape to hold each one down, and they slipped somewhat.))

Next, you come upon a web with a great big spider. The spider isn't making any threatening movements, but blocks your way around the web. Touching the web hurts you, so you're going to have to try to get your group across without touching it.

You send one person through the big hole in the bottom. He gets through, but a wall of force forms in the gap where he was. You send another through and try to put your hand in to prevent it from closing, but the magic forces your hand out. So, you're figuring out the rules now: one person can go through each hole before it closes, you'll get hurt if you touch the web, and you can see your goal tantalizingly on the other side. ((In the future, I'd allow multiple people to use each hole or have a couple people there just to keep things safe. The players felt rushed at one point and made some unsafe decisions that could have resulted in injury.))

One player on the other side investigates the table with the gong. He leans over to get a better look, unconsciously putting his hand down on the carpet that the table sits on. He's hurt ((10 elemental chaos)) and draws back his hand. Even though your party is not yet through the web, his curiosity gets the better of him and he rings the gong. You feel the earth tremble and stones start to fall from the ceiling. ((NPCs randomly threw packets into the air "5 normal" escalating to 40 by the end of the adventure. Here's where the players started to feel rushed.))

A closer inspection reveals a hidden prize. A treasure box is concealed beneath the table cloth in a compartment under the table. Removing the box dispels the Walls of Force that formed in the web, allowing your team to escape. Running back along the path, you must traverse the gauntlet while avoiding the falling rubble and maintaining your hold on the prize.
((Feel free to use any of these ideas in your own dungeon crawls, and let us know how they go. In addition, let us know your ideas or things you've seen used.))


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #28

Episode 28 - "I Command You to Watch the Trailer" - Recorded 11/16/2010 - Runtime 43m20s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guest Kris, continue the discussion about religion in LARP by reading an email from George, ask for your thoughts about Unicorn City ( http://www.unicorncity.com ), and shamelessly promote Matt's book ( http://memoirs.dalantia.org ), LARP Thing A Week ( http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org/search/label/LTAW ), Movember ( http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org/2010/11/ssp-movember-madness.html ), and the upcoming NERO Elkins events ( http://www.dalantia.org )

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Monday, November 15, 2010

LTAW #2: NPC Database (Part 1)

For week 2 of LARP Thing A Week, I've started a NPC spreadsheet on Google Docs. This spreadsheet is part of what will become a NPC database which will allow plot team members to find details about the NPCs they need and compare data. The example below has only a few NPCs and the juicy bits are intentionally left out, but it gives an idea of the structure I'm aiming for.

I've created 15 columns: Name, Who plays the NPC, A few notes on the character's role, race, Costume Notes, Body Points (Hit Points for those that don't play NERO), Weapons used, Standard Abilities (abilities which would be available to PCs), Formal Magic Effects, Immunities, What types of things heal them, what can harm them, Special Abilities (not usually available to PCs), Deaths & related info (How many deaths for their final death count, and info about what happens when they die or how they need to be killed), and Plot Notes.

A pretty extensive list, but I have a sneaking suspicion I'm missing something, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

There are better options for creating a database than using Google Docs, but GD has something very important to me: the ability to selectively share and collaborate on documents. I can give my plot team access to the document (and even just to parts of the document), while keeping my players in the dark.



We will return to the idea of an NPC database, in an effort to create something wonderful, but this is the first, crude step.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No Mid-Level Crisis this week

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that Eric and I won't be recording MLC today. We'll see you next week.

Thanks,
Matt

LTAW #1: Character Family Tree

For my first LARP Thing A Week, I've created a family tree for one of my NERO characters, Cameron MacDomnaill. I had some of it in my head already, but it was neat to take it out of my head and put it onto paper and into a computer.



This was actually a pretty useful character exercise, because it helped me create not only who his family members were (which is important to know) but also interesting things like how long his family usually lives (not too long, which probably defines them as adventurers).

In addition, it also helped me define something about the culture in which he lives. His connection with the clan cheiftains was going to be the typical patriarchal connection (his grandfather's brother was a chieftain), but I chose to make something new. The Adler chieftain is now chosen by his marriage to the female line AnAdler, a title which flows from mother to daughter. But the chieftain is still a man. This creates a new dynamic in the Adler tribe, as the AnAdler must necessarily wield some power and respect, but the chieftain is the consort of the woman holding that title.

Anyway, I encourage you to create a tree for your own characters. For some inspiration, I've included two pics, the ancestral line of Cam (my character) and the ancestral line of Riona AnAdler (the youngest AnAdler, who the next chief will marry), as well as a link to a web version of the tree I created on Mac Family Tree, a tool I'm already using for real-world genealogy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SSP: Movember Madness

In 2010 tragically more than 32,000 men will die as a direct result of prostate cancer.


I mentioned on the last podcast that I would be joining the Movember fight against cancer. I've joined my friend Vinnie of Blueberry Arts on his Movember team. Here is what Vinnie has to say:

Cancer is not a pleasant thing, I have known several people, men women and children, most family that have fought this. Some have won, others have not. Lets try to keep more people winning than loosing. Who knows maybe cancer will one day be defeated permanently. That’s why I shaved my face this month and am now three days into growing a mustache. I want to do my part. So here is what I ask, you can either join the Blueberry Arts Team and raise money on your own and sport a rocking stache or donate to either me or my team. If you want to help, but don’t want to donate or grow a stache, you can buy anything from my shop or from my eBay auctions up until November 29th. I will then donate 10% of all my sales to my Movember team.

Will you help?


Some of you know that my own dad died of heart complications and breast cancer. So, in his memory, and the memory of his grand moustachio, I will also join Vinnie in donating 10% of this month's sales from the LARPs 'R' Us store and from Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf. Buy anything by November 29 and know that 10% of the purchase price will go to the research and awareness about cancer in men.

Here’s the links to help:

DONATE on my MoSpace

JOIN the Cause

BUY - The Blueberry Arts Store - LARPs 'R' Us - Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf - Blueberry Arts eBAY

Thank you!

I will post weekly updates here, but visit my MoSpace for more regular updates.

Here are some pics of me before shaving and after. Hopefully I'll have a mustache next pic.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #27

Episode 27 - "With Mystic Force I Build a Controversy" - Recorded 11/2/2010 - Runtime 59m41s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guest Heathyr, talk about recent and upcoming events in the neighborhood, religion in LARP, particularly the proscription against religion in NERO, and, of course, shamelessly promote stuff.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #26

Episode 26 - "Bletherin" - Recorded 10/26/2010 - Runtime 55m44s

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In this episode, Eric & Matt talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood, mention the sad news about NERO player Chris Vogel, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Mid-Level Crisis this week

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that Eric and I won't be recording MLC today. We may record it as part of tavern night on Wednesday, but I'm not sure. At least, we won't be recording live Tuesday as is our custom.

Thanks,
Matt

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #25

Episode 25 - "Rockcrusher Epicness" - Recorded 10/12/2010 - Runtime 54m52s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood, the WAR Rockcrusher event that Eric attended - http://www.warweb.org/ - try to answer a question about costuming, and shamelessly promote Matt's book - http://memoirs.dalantia.org - and the upcoming NERO Elkins events - http://www.dalantia.org - and the FLARE 2 rules (v2.4 out now) - http://www.sunnflare.com/flare2

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #24

Episode 24 - "I summon a car to hit your wife's car." - Recorded 10/5/2010 - Runtime 43m38s

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In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guests Bill T. from LARP Ohio Blog - http://larpohio.blogspot.com - and Matt B., talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood, introducing people to LARP, firearm mechanics in LARP, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

SSP - Dan Byers on Adventure in Nepal

Hey everyone, just wanted to do a little bit of Shameless Promotion, though this time it isn't for myself.

My friend, Dan Byers, who introduced many people in the central WV area to LARP (after, I'd like to say, I introduced him to it), and whom we mentioned on the last Mid-Level Crisis, is on an adventure, but this one is for real. He's part of an expedition traveling to Nepal to document the effects of global climate change on the area. This is really neat, so you should check it out at http://skyshipfilms.com/blog/2010/10/an-expedition-imminent/

You know what else is awesome? Dan's film, The Circle. If you like fantasy or post-apocalyptic fiction, you'll love The Circle. I've embedded the trailer here, but you should check out the whole film series at http://www.thecirclefilm.com/ - it would definitely be a great LARP setting


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #23

Episode 23 - "Squirrels are the devil's oven mitts." - Recorded 9/28/2010 - Runtime 1h11m16s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by special guest Heathyr, talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood, recap the recent Northcoast NERO event http://northcoastnero.com , answer Andrew's question about personal plot, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org and the upcoming ARGO events http://neroargo.com

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Sorry, no play-by-play on this one.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shameless Self Promotion - MLC Listeners can get 15% off Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf


Purchase Matt's book Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf and use coupon code FALLREAD305 to get 15% off until 10/15/2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #22

Episode 22 - "I summon a force to disarm your Ustream." - Recorded 9/21/2010 - Runtime 70m52s

MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood, OOG chatter ruining our LARP, the social stigma attached to LARP, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
http://twitter.com/fantasmagorio
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Sorry, no play-by-play on this one.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #21

Episode 21 - "Curse of the Doom Box" - Recorded 9/14/2010 - Runtime 55m53s

M4A Enhanced Podcast Version
MP3 Podcast Version

In this episode, Eric & Matt talk about props, realism v. fantasy, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
http://twitter.com/fantasmagorio
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(1m14s) Meet your new host, Robbie.
(1m37s) Uh oh, Eric shows up; this could be trouble.
(2m15s) Okay, Robbie is a guest, not the new host.
(3m16s) Matt and Eric are the biumvirate, the two legged stool upon which the Kingdom of the Crisis stands.
(4m15s) Sorry about the video folks; don't know why it's causing problems. The neighbors are probably downloading movies. Yeah. That kind.
(5m43s) We will begin, with this episode, to offer an mp3 version of the audio. Look for a link in the show notes and a mp3 version feed coming soon. We like m4a because we like what we can do with it, but I know some people can only listen to mp3s. So, we hear you and your wish is granted.
(7m27s) Shout out to Kevin from the Walking Eye podcast for helping us improve MLC and having a bag full of awesome http://www.thewalkingeye.com
(9m20s) LARP News - Check out LARP Source http://www.larpsource.com and LARP Ohio Blog http://larpohio.blogspot.com - both posted about sponsors in LARP
(10m45s) Matt is starting a Jugger team. Check out the USJL at http://americanjugger.com
(16m15s) We keep losing the video feed
(18m23s) The Practice of LARP - Talk about props
(29m20s) The Theory of LARP - We discuss a question sent in by Scarab: "Fantasical vs. Realistic... Where would you draw the line as too fantasical that it can't be properly repped in a larp and wheres too real that it makes it not so much an escape?"
(47m42s) Lots of shout-outs
(50m51s) Shameless Self Promotion
Eric & Robbie promote an idea for advertising - walking around town in costume on Halloween day and hand out flyers
Matt promotes the upcoming NERO Elkins 1-Day on 10/30/10 - http://www.dalantia.org
Matt also promotes his book "Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf" - http://memoirs.dalantia.org

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #20

Episode 20 - "Boffering a Dead Horse" - Recorded 9/8/2010 - Runtime 63m39s



In this episode, Eric & Matt talk about using LARP to teach the Bible, things to avoid in LARP, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the upcoming NERO Elkins events http://www.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
http://twitter.com/fantasmagorio
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(2m16s) We've reached level 20! We pity those of you stuck at level 3.
(3m40s) Did we ever talk about what LARP is?
(4m12s) Thank you, Walmart, for your brains.
(4m39s) Matt gets wierd about the video.
(6m03s) LARP News - Eric talks about a man he ran into that is using LARP to teach Bible lessons. http://www.summitelkins.com/
We discuss the comparison to our previous discussion about using LARP in education.
(15m17s) Matt brings up the Walking Eye Podcast and encourages LARPers to listen to Discussion episodes 20 & 23, where Jen talks about her experience with LARP, and think about ways to avoid these issues in their own LARP. http://www.thewalkingeye.com/
(18m58s) The Theory of LARP - We discuss things to avoid in LARP that will turn people away or ruin games. Matt also brings up the idea of plotting vs. responding, an interesting discussion for the future.
(27m40s) Eric makes a "OOG" (hand over head) gesture which you can't see unless you watch the video.
(34m41s) Matt makes a comparison between Necromancy in NERO and Masturbation in Puritan New England
(45m43s) One LARP Family
(54m09s) Shameless Self Promotion - Matt promotes his book http://memoirs.dalantia.org and the NERO Elkins events http://dalantia.org
Eric promotes his trip to Northcoast NERO http://northcoastnero.com
(60m26s) Matt wants Prince Poppycock to come to NERO Elkins

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #19

Episode 19 - "May all my brothers' backs break if you do not podcast." - Recorded 8/31/2010 - Runtime 53m20s

In this episode, Eric & Matt rant a bit, talk about emotional involvement in LARP, and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://memoirs.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
http://twitter.com/fantasmagorio
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(4m20s) What do you use level 1 for?
(5m00s) Eric talks a bit about his stalker.
(6m08s) LARP News - we mention the upcoming events in our area.
@NEROElkins - Tavern Night 9/1 & 9/15 - http://www.dalantia.org
(7m19s) Matt realizes we aren't broadcasting, just recording the audio, so reveals that he is a barbarian, not a gnome. We need a gnomish engineer.
(9m58s) Barbarians use Macs... because they're tasty.
(10m40s) PRO is having a 3-day over labor day weekend - http://www.prolarp.net
(11m50s) North Coast NERO - 9/24-26 - http://www.northcoastnero.com
(12m49s) WAR is having a 2-day over labor day weekend - http://kingdomofstonegate.net
(13m15s) Alliance Ohio is holding the national Alliance 3-day over labor day weekend - http://alliancelarpohio.net
(14m30s) Check out the LARP Ohio Blog - http://larpohio.blogspot.com
(15m53s) Matt wants to set up the backend for online tracking of Knights of the Crisis characters, so if you know about a good, feature rich character tracking system, preferably in PHP, let him know.
(16m58s) If you want us to promote your LARP events, email us at midlevelcrisis@gmail.com
(19m14s) The Theory of LARP - we rant, with a few sidesteps, about getting your players emotionally involved in the story line of your LARP and how to draw their backstory into the mix
(37m22s) We try to recruit experienced female NPCs
(38m24s) Shameless Self Promotion
(39m53s) Matt promotes his novella - Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf - http://memoirs.dalantia.org
(42m06s) Eric promotes roleplaying on the forums - http://www.dalantia.org/smf/forum/index.php - and our marketplace - http://www.dalantia.org/marketplace.html
(50m50s) Contact us and tell us what to talk about.
(51m49s) Purple people.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #18

Episode 18 - "I Call Forth a Bag Full of Awesome" - Recorded 8/4/2010 - Runtime 1h10m02s

In this episode, Eric & Matt recount the happenings at the last NERO Elkins event http://www.dalantia.org , talk about getting started in LARP and using LARP in education (Thanks Pete!), and shamelessly promote Matt's book http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/memoirs-of-the-crimson-dwarf/12100164

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(5m00s) Matt is a big wimp
(5m48s) LARP News - Matt and Eric talk about the latest (July) NERO Elkins event http://www.dalantia.org
(7m09s) Matt is a thief and a plot-line necromancer
(18m40s) Check out Fear the Boot at http://www.feartheboot.com and Postcards From the Dungeon at http://www.pftdcast.com
(21m13s) The Practice of LARP - How to get started in LARP
(25m35s) Shade's LARP List - http://larplist.com
(26m45s) Oregon does indeed have LARP!
(28m00s) Clash of Heroes - http://heroeslarp.proboards.com/
(28m59s) NERO International - http://nerolarp.com
(30m00s) Alliance LARP - http://alliancelarp.com/
(32m00s) Matt has snakes in his ears
(34m15s) Avegost - http://www.avegost.com/
(36m00s) We go on a Douglas Adams tangent; what would a Douglas Adams LARP be like? I'd love a Holistic Detective Agency LARP.
(37m30s) Back on track
(38m30s) Eric's phone chirps
(40m40s) The Theory of LARP - we discuss using LARP in education (Great idea, Pete)
(44m12s) "He has awesome in a bag."
(46m58s) the recording dies, so I come on to explain what happened and talk about the LARP Ohio blog http://larpohio.blogspot.com and their recent article about this same topic (though I can't find it at the moment)
(52m30s) We go on a tangent about LARPers and the women whom they love
(55m39s) Shameless Self Promotion, or Shelfless Same Promotion - NERO Elkins needs to schedule a one-day event soon, so check out http://www.dalantia.org for info about that and the Tavern Night schedule (next is on 9/1/10)
(59m20s) Eric shows off his coat
(62m02s) Matt pimps his book - Memoirs of the Crimson Dwarf - available at http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/memoirs-of-the-crimson-dwarf/1106664 or http://memoirs.dalantia.org
(63m50s) Cat on the sound board... Tiana decides she can produce our show better than Matt
(68m10s) Knights of the Crisis will receive 1000 XP in the MLC Podcast LARP for sending us their in-game documents for the library

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LARP News - LARPer gets boffers confiscated

Toronto, Canada - 25-year old LARPer Brian Barrett had his LARP gear confiscated on his way to an Amtgard event last Saturday. The reason, "bad timing," say the Toronto police, who confiscated the materials as well as other benign implements in connection with the G20 summit which Toronto is hosting.

Barrett was, fortunately, let go, but his gear appeared in photos circulated by G20 security, who claim them as dangerous implements seized from protestors. Chief Bill Blair said Barrett's sock-tipped LARP arrows (pictured below) were designed to be set on fire.


(Photo: Jill Mahoney / The Globe and Mail)
Barrett was also upset to find his scale-mail (which is mighty fine armor, I might add) pictured with a machete and other weaponry.


(Photo: Jill Mahoney / The Globe and Mail)

Thanks to Kevin Tjia of LARP Source for bringing this to my attention. Read his post at http://larpsource.com/insights/larp-weapons-seized-torontos-g20

The original Globe and Mail story is available at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/weapons-seized-in-g20-arrests-put-on-display/article1622761/#photos

More information and a few good jabs at the police are also available on the Electric Samurai forum at http://www.electricsamurai.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22299

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #17

Episode 17 - The Shadow of the Podcast - Recorded 6/22/2010 - Runtime 50m21s

In this episode, Eric & Matt, get cut short in their discussion of the recent NERO Elkins event http://www.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(0m0s) Matt explains about the audio for this episode and another bit of sad news
(1m52s) The show officially starts
(3m02s) We can't hear us... and everyone knows that's why we do this
(6m20s) We're LARPing as Podcasters... and the MLC LARP idea
(8m00s) Matt is a tease. Eric wants to give it straight to you.
(8m48s) Matt gives you your first quest as a Knight of Crisis. 100 XP for 5-star review in iTunes. 20 XP for telling a friend about MLC.
(9m56s) LARP News
(10m24s) Matt reports on Legaia Chronicles - http://legaiachronicles.wetpaint.com/
(20m00s) Shameless Self Promotion - Review of the June NERO Elkins event
(23m00s) We mention the NERO Cosmology, available in our library - http://www.dalantia.org/library-cosmology.html
(25m00s) Matt is rustling through papers and receiving texts, how annoying! Learn how to host!
(39m40s) The original audio dies :( So Matt comes back on to finish the story
(45m10s) Matt promotes the upcoming NERO Elkins event - July 9-11, 2010. http://www.dalantia.org

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #16

Episode 16 - "This is not the Podcast you are looking for" - Recorded 6/1/2010 - Runtime 1h02m18s

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by Kris and Jared, once again go quickly through the news topics so they can talk about the Star Wars LARP idea. But then they spend some more time in Shameless Self Promotion talking about the upcoming NERO Elkins event http://www.dalantia.org

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(0m0s) Matt explains about the audio for this episode
(1m23s) Matt can't talk when he hears himself on a second and a half delay
(3m00s) Introductions all around
(4m25s) LARP News
(4m50s) Team Dynamite Lazer Beam - http://teamdynamite.livejournal.com/47238.html
(6m03s) Eric hears things
(6m15s) LARP Source - Simple, Authentic LARP Food - http://larpsource.com/insights/simple-authentic-food-larp
(7m15s) Krisses Abound
(7m50s) Darker Days Podcast - http://darkerdays.podbean.com/
(8m20s) Theory of LARP - we continue our discussion of the Star Wars LARP idea - Add your voice to the conversation in the forums - http://bit.ly/amJKPH
(9m30s) We share and respond to Scarab's post... SHOUT OUT to SCARAB!
(15m00s) Time-share LARP Events?
(17m28s) We talk about the poll results thus far
(21m30s) Weapons!
(25m01s) Eric's brain dies
(35m10s) Where's my cake?
(35m15s) Death!
(46m40s) Your droids, they aren't welcome here.
(48m06s) Prepare to die, meatbag!
(48m24s) Combat... IN SPACE!
(49m40s) Ahoyhoy, Darth Sidious calling...
(56m08s) Ameless Self Promotion
(56m38s) Kris promotes Morgantown LARP - http://morgantownlarp.com
(57m30s) Jared, Eric, and Matt promote the upcoming NERO Elkins event - June 11-13, register by June 7 for the best price - http://www.dalantia.org
(58m38s) Craftsman (Shick-staker)
(59m30s) Kris breaks out of turn to pimp the Podgecast - http://podgecast.com
(1h00m30s) Matt promotes the July 9-11 NERO Elkins event - http://www.dalantia.org

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Shameless Self Promotion - The Shadow of Time - Teaser 1

Teaser for the June 11-13 NERO® Elkins WV event.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #15

Episode 15 - "Luke... I am your Podcast" - Recorded 5/25/2010 - Runtime 1h09m23s

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by Kris and Jared, go quickly through the news topics so they can talk about the Star Wars LARP idea. Join the SW LARP discussion on the forums - http://j.mp/amJKPH
http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(1m15s) Fun with Wilhelm screams
(1m33s) We introduce our guests Kris and Jared.
(2m33s) LARP News
(3m03s) Scaling Guide - available at http://bit.ly/b6tWpy
(5m35s) The Dreaming - http://dreamings.ning.com/
(6m25s) Gamer:The Podcasting - a LARP podcast that faded in 2008 - the archives are up and available at http://carolinehimmelman.com/gtp/
So much of what the Mad Three said on those episodes is relevant today.
(8m02s) Well, hello, there.
(8m34s) Jeff Himmelman of G:tP is hosting a new podcast about fantasy illustration - http://www.wippodcast.com/
(9m34s) Shout out to the Goldhaven Library - http://www.goldhavenlibrary.com/
(10m07s) The Theory of LARP
(11m12s) We reintroduce our guests because we just got UStream to record
(11m56s) Wodder v. Woder?
(12m50s) We are recording in front of a live studio audience. Well, actually, he's sitting in the hall because the studio is so small.
(16m33s) Setting for a Star Wars themed LARP? Vote on your choice in the forums. 1) Old Republic 2) Clone Wars 3) Empire 4) New Republic 5) Legacy 6) Other - Vote @ http://bit.ly/c2vV7L
(19m35s) Nerdgasm... Nerdvana
(30m00s) We also discuss PvE and PvP styles of LARPs, a topic that is relevant to all LARPs. Add to the discussion at http://j.mp/atHCXQ
(41m46s) Planet & system ownership http://j.mp/atYKZ4
(55m50s) Next discussion - weaponry & death... ooh! so delicious!
(57m10s) Shameless Self Promotion
(57m20s) Jared promotes the idea that you should join the SW LARP discussion on the forums - http://j.mp/amJKPH
(58m26s) Kris promotes the Morgantown (WV) LARP group - http://www.morgantownlarp.com - Changeling & Hunter Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
(59m40s) Eric promotes the teasers which will soon be on the site http://www.dalantia.org
(60m45s) Matt promotes: 1 more tavern night b/f the weekend event (June 2), and the weekend NERO Elkins event (June 11-13)- register by June 7 for the best price - http://www.dalantia.org
(66m48s) Outtakes

Friday, May 21, 2010

LARP News - Going to Comic-Con?

This post is the first in a series of posts about stuff that may or may not get discussed in the next episode of Mid-Level Crisis. The posts will cover the same topics we talk about on the show: LARP News, Theory of LARP, Practice of LARP, Going In-Game, and, of course, Shameless Self-Promotion. This one most closely fits with LARP News.

Okay, it may not exactly be LARP news, but hopefully it will be interesting to some LARPers and CosPlayers out there. I received the following in an email a couple of days ago, and I find it kind of odd, but I'm still going to post it here. Do with it what you will.

Morgan Spurlock is a documentarian and filmmaker from West Virginia. You may remember him from Super Size Me.

Comic-Con International will take place July 22-25, 2010, in San Diego, CA.

LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE COMIC-CON

Are you headed to 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego?
Do you die for diehard fandom? Do you pine over Chris Pine, other Captain Kirks, or have firsthand knowledge of who is the ultimate Bruce Wayne? Is your Lost Ark a long lost collectible, an original edition comic book, a need to be the first in line at a sneak peak of Green Lantern, or to understand the ultimate and undeniable power of Akira?! Are you the original inspiration for comic book guy? Is your collection the biggest? Is your costume the best? Is your dream to propose to your girlfriend and give her the one ring to rule them all? Are you an artist who is showing off your work? A vendor showing off your amazing collection?

If you are any of these things, then we want to hear your story.

Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, producer Thomas Tull, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/producer Joss Whedon, and film guru Harry Knowles have joined together to bring audiences the feature-length documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE FOUR: A FAN’S HOPE – a documentary celebration of all things con-tastic!

We are looking to cast original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

If Comic-Con International will be the highlight of your year and you have a story to share about your passion, let us know. Join the fellowship, take part in this epic documentary, and write us at ComicConDoc@gmail.com. Include your name, phone number, a picture, and tell us your story.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #14

Episode 14 - "I Burn a Blood to Podcast" - Recorded 5/18/2010 - Runtime 1h07m22s

In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by Kris, go through the news topics, discuss odd theory, and talk about White Wolf LARPs.
http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(1m10s) We introduce our guest, Kris, who plays a character who reverses all the tropes.
(5m12s) LARP News
(5m50s) Morgantown LARP is running Changeling, more about that later
(7m35s) Livejournal LARPer Community - http://community.livejournal.com/larpers/
(8m50s) Gen-Art Film Festival screens The Wild Hunt - http://genart.org/filmfestival/newyork/2010/the-wild-hunt
(9m54s) GASP!
(10m05s) Happy is no longer happy.
(11m45s) Matt gives shouts out to Postcards from the Dungeon - http://www.pftdcast.com - and The Walking Eye Podcast - http://www.thewalkingeye.com/ - Two great podcasts about gaming
(14m00s) Kris gives a shout out to the Bear Swarm! Podcast - http://www.bearswarm.com/ - then we go on to talk about how scary a bear swarm would be.
(15m18s) The Practice of LARP
(16m50s) LARP 101 by Mortalis Games - http://bit.ly/aSMP3P - a great intro into LARP
(17m51s) Shade's LARP List - http://www.larplist.com/ - the best way to find a LARP in your area, all kinds
(18m55s) Matt makes stuff up
(19m48s) Check out the Elkins Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkins,_West_Virginia#Events
(22m02s) The Theory of LARP
(22m58s) Dogma 99, a curious take on LARP. Read the "manifesto" at http://fate.laiv.org/dogme99/en/index.htm
(27m57s) It's personal
(30m33s) Eric breaks Dogma 99's Rule #6
(32m47s) "I can't roleplay that!"
(36m28s) We introduce a fun project that we want you to be involved with - creating a Star Wars boffer LARP
(40m30s) Matt describes his awesome way of making boffer Light Sabers, or psionic spirit blades ;)
(42m56s) Shameless Self Promotion
(43m40s) We talk about the mechanics of World of Darkness and then
(52m00s) about the Morgantown WV LARP group and their Hunter and Changeling campaigns - http://morgantownlarp.com/ - Hunter is Fridays (except the last Friday of the month) 7-midnight, Changeling is Saturdays 7-midnight
(59m53s) Bardfest
(1h02m00s) Upcoming NERO Elkins events - http://www.dalantia.org
(1h06m45s) Matt comes back on to announce that we will be filming our teasers on May 26, 2010. More details to be announced on the forums. http://www.dalantia.org/smf/forum/index.php?board=34.0

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #13


Episode 13 - "Arcane Podcast" - Recorded 4/20/2010 - Runtime 60m31s

Sorry so late! In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by another Matt, give a few shout outs, go through the news topics, & talk about what's coming up at NERO Elkins.

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com



Play by play:
(2m25s) We introduce our guest Matt.
(2m50s) Matt gets Intro happy #1
(3m33s) LARP News - first the report from Syrinx / North Coast NERO - http://www.northcoastnero.com
(4m25s) Matt gets Intro happy #2
(4m45s) Shout out to Gizmo Loud
(5m10s) Matt notes that it's 4:20 on 4/20. Then goes on to note that Eric doesn't watch enough stoner movies.
(13m35s) Eric notes that the Archon of Chaos is "a little chaotic"
(17m25s) Matt does not handle Eric's weapon
(18m45s) Crie ruined gypsies
(20m10s) Eric talks about Sarr with peppermint Nom Nom Nom
(21m05s) Eric impersonates a wolf spirit
(22m03s) What are the Societies of Avalon? Check it out at http://www.nerolarp.com/InGame/Avalon_Societies/NERO_LARP_Avalon_Society_TOC.htm
(22m55s) Matt wants to vomit a little bit. Maybe an overreaction. We're trying to do our own thing, and hate having things pushed on us. Maybe we can find some middle ground.
(24m31s) Michael Ventrella (of Alliance LARP fame) is coming out with a new novel: The Axes of Evil - http://www.michaelaventrella.com/
(25m43s) Matt gives a shout out to the OWBN Hour of Power, a LARP podcast that focuses on One World By Night. Check it out at http://bit.ly/bT0RTJ
(27m12s) White Wolf is hosting a "Grand Masquerade" WoD convention in New Orleans September 2010. More info at http://bit.ly/bZlFAr
(28m55s) The Practice of LARP - Hit locations? Headshots allowed? Join the discussion at http://bit.ly/cXSXzF
(30m00s) Matt notes that none of you will be at the Fury event advertised in the discussion, because you'll all be at NERO Elkins
(30m50s) Hit location systems discussed - Eric doesn't like them. Matt thinks there's potential for simple and roleplayable LARPs, but wants to avoid silliness.
(32m10s) Matt B. weighs in.
(33m25s) Matt uses the Deckard Cain voice.
(34m35s) Matt reveals that Fury allows headshots.
(34m55s) Eric: "The brain is a delicate thing"
(35m35s) Matt is a wuss, and he lays down his conditions for a headshot-allowing LARP
(41m00s) Shameless Self Promotion
(41m05s) Eric has an awesome hammer of death and he hasn't sent me a link to the weaponsmith.
(45m40s) Eric shows off his squid scavenger mask
(48m45s) Check out what's going on at NERO Elkins WV - http://www.dalantia.org - Weekends June 11-13, 2010, and July 9-11, 2010.
(51m00s) Shout out to Robert the Half-Ogre!
(51m30s) Shouts out to all the peeps who want to be Dalanti! Find out more about the Dalanti culture in the library at http://www.dalantia.org
(52m50s) Matt B. announces a baby Kris'alis on the way! Yay!
(53m35s) Sameless Shelf Promotion
(56m13s) I am my own grandpa - the new NERO plot
(59m00s) Avoid MWEs in April

Mid Level Crisis is a production of Fantasmagorio Productions

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #12

http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis12.m4a
Episode 12 - "I Call Upon the Earth to Restore Your Podcast" - Recorded 4/13/2010 - Runtime 41m15s

New sound board, new music, new email address, new podcast, new awesomness.

In this episode, Eric & Matt watch a few videos, give a few shout outs, go through the news topics, talk about the balance between combat and roleplay, & talk about what's coming up at NERO Elkins.

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Play by play:
(1m30s) Matt time travels back to February, but really it's April 13th.
(3m30s) Watching the "Battle for Azeroth LARP" video. Warcraft, only live action. Watch along with us at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l16Mx_bnj4
(9m00s) Watch the "Live Avatar Role Playing" video, but the sound doesn't work right. Watch it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2vR8w2sjc
(15m05s) Shout out to LARP Tower. Check them out at http://www.larptower.com
(15m43s) Shout out to Tyrrapedia. Check it out at http://www.tyrrapedia.com (Though there seems to be something wrong with it right now, at least for me.)
(16m37s) LARP News!
(17m10s) NERO 9th Edition rulebook is on its way, but the NERO National Event (April 30-May 2) will be using 8th Edition.
(18m50s) Upcoming Northcoast NERO Event. Eric will be there with gems on. Visit http://northcoastnero.com/
(19m35s) Eric gets confused by twitter
(21m15s) Eric talks about his new sheath.
(22m17s) Shout out to Fear the Boot, an awesome RPG podcast. Check them out at http://www.feartheboot.com
Specifically, you should check out the LARP Roundtable episodes 173: http://www.feartheboot.com/ftb/index.php/archives/1301
and 174: http://www.feartheboot.com/ftb/index.php/archives/1304
(24m05s) LARP Theory! - Matt talks about a game design idea to combine a miniatures battle strategy game and a science fiction LARP. Wonders how to balance the strat game with political intrigue and LARPiness.
(26m30s) Sidetracked talking about Utopia vs. Dystopia vs. post-apocalyptic hell-holes...
(28m35s) ...back on track.
(30m15s) This evolves into a general discussion about the balance between combat and roleplaying/non-combat interaction.
(32m13s) Shameless Self Promotion!
Eric talks about his awesome masks.
What's going on at NERO Elkins? Weekend events June 11-13 and July 9-11. Bimonthly tavern nights 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (4/21, 5/5, & 5/19/2010). Find out more at http://www.dalantia.org
(36m50s) Services available through the NERO Elkins marketplace.
(38m20s) YOU ARE AWESOME!
(39m25s) Send us your emails and recordings to midlevelcrisis@gmail.com

Mid Level Crisis is a presentation of Fantasmagorio Productions. Visit http://www.fantasmagorio.net for more information. Follow us on Twitter @fantasmagorio - http://twitter.com/fantasmagorio

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #11

Episode 11 of the Mid-Level Crisis Podcast is finally here!
http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis11.m4a

In "I Call Upon Chaos to Wither Your Podcast", Eric & Matt talk about your comments, why our podcast sux (but isn't going away), quite a bit of rambling, CPR class at a LARP, what's going on at NERO® Elkins, coaching NPCs, immersing the PCs in culture, pink zombie dreams, your Coke code: 44TNL0 9X5KXF

How do you get your NPCs to know what you need them to know?

Check out Mortalis Games article on "LARP at Play: Doing your Homework":
Part 1 - Game designers and creators
Part 2 - Organizers and staff
Part 3 - Players

Check out what's going on at NERO® Elkins at http://www.dalantia.org

Send your boffer-making tips, LARP stories, questions, comments, and other stuff to neroelkins@gmail.com

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
neroelkins@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #10

Episode 10 of the Mid-Level Crisis Podcast is finally here!
http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis10.m4a

In "1 I Podcast, 2 I Podcast, 3 I Podcast... Magic", Eric & Matt talk about advertising LARP, predictions about the future of LARP, and "Top 10 Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen at a NERO® Event"

Check out what's going on at NERO® Elkins at http://www.dalantia.org

Send your boffer-making tips, LARP stories, and other stuff to neroelkins@gmail.com

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
neroelkins@gmail.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #8 FIXED



Episode 8 of the Mid-Level Crisis Podcast is here, and fixed now!
http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis8.m4a

In "Spell-Strike Podcast", Eric & Matt talk about the cursed NERO® Elkins January event, then Crie and Feldspar take over for an in-game discussion.

Check out what's going on at NERO® Elkins at http://www.dalantia.org

Send your Alternate Reality Game stories to neroelkins@gmail.com for inclusion in the next episode!

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
neroelkins@gmail.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #9

Episode 9 of the Mid-Level Crisis Podcast is here!
http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis9.m4a

In "I Love Casteez", Eric & Matt talk about the crappy situation that happened at the NERO® Elkins January event and about Alternate Reality Games.

Links from the show:
ARGNetcast
ARGNet
UnFiction

Check out what's going on at NERO® Elkins at http://www.dalantia.org

Send your Alternate Reality Game stories, crappy LARP situation stories, boffer-making tips, and advertising ideas to neroelkins@gmail.com

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #8



Episode 8 of the Mid-Level Crisis Podcast is here, and fixed now!
http://www.dalantia.org/midlevelcrisis/audio/MidLevelCrisis8.m4a

In "Spell-Strike Podcast", Eric & Matt talk about the cursed NERO® Elkins January event, then Crie and Feldspar take over for an in-game discussion.

Check out what's going on at NERO® Elkins at http://www.dalantia.org

Send your Alternate Reality Game stories to neroelkins@gmail.com for inclusion in the next episode!

http://midlevelcrisis.dalantia.org
neroelkins@gmail.com