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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 -

Play by play:
(1m15s) Fun with Wilhelm screams
(1m33s) We introduce our guests Kris and Jared.
(2m33s) LARP News
(3m03s) Scaling Guide - available at
(5m35s) The Dreaming -
(6m25s) Gamer:The Podcasting - a LARP podcast that faded in 2008 - the archives are up and available at
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 -
(9m34s) Shout out to the Goldhaven Library -
(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 @
(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
(41m46s) Planet & system ownership
(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 -
(58m26s) Kris promotes the Morgantown (WV) LARP group - - Changeling & Hunter Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
(59m40s) Eric promotes the teasers which will soon be on the site
(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 -
(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.


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 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.

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 -
(8m50s) Gen-Art Film Festival screens The Wild Hunt -
(9m54s) GASP!
(10m05s) Happy is no longer happy.
(11m45s) Matt gives shouts out to Postcards from the Dungeon - - and The Walking Eye Podcast - - Two great podcasts about gaming
(14m00s) Kris gives a shout out to the Bear Swarm! Podcast - - 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 - - a great intro into LARP
(17m51s) Shade's LARP List - - the best way to find a LARP in your area, all kinds
(18m55s) Matt makes stuff up
(19m48s) Check out the Elkins Wikipedia entry -,_West_Virginia#Events
(22m02s) The Theory of LARP
(22m58s) Dogma 99, a curious take on LARP. Read the "manifesto" at
(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 - - Hunter is Fridays (except the last Friday of the month) 7-midnight, Changeling is Saturdays 7-midnight
(59m53s) Bardfest
(1h02m00s) Upcoming NERO Elkins events -
(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.

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.

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 -
(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
(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 -
(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
(27m12s) White Wolf is hosting a "Grand Masquerade" WoD convention in New Orleans September 2010. More info at
(28m55s) The Practice of LARP - Hit locations? Headshots allowed? Join the discussion at
(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 - - 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
(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

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