Welcome back to the Conversation! Today I am joined by Kristin Brumley one of the talented folks behind Basic Adventuring 101. Thank you for joining us today Kristin.
You’re very welcome! Thank you for having me.
Basic Adventuring 101 is a webseries with an interesting premise, would you care to tell us about it?
Basic Adventuring 101 is a fictional webseries that features a group of Live Action Role Players. It is done in a positive way that represents LARPing the way we feel is accurate and appealing! We follow the story of a new LARPer, Karen, and a hilarious adventuring team that is faced with saving their kingdom when Karen accidently releases a terrifying evil from a mysterious treasure box.
You can watch our pilot episode here.
As a long time supporter of all things roleplaying and acting I have a natural curiosity about LARPing, could you tell us a bit about LARPing?
LARPing stands for Live Action Role Playing, and it’s a type of game where you act out a character that you have created. It’s really a hobby that involves many different interests--from acting and role play to combat, puzzle solving, costuming, and storytelling.
Your campaign says that you want to “produce it in a way that makes our fellow LARPers proud to be called LARPers.” What do you mean by that? Is there a negative stereotype to LARPing and why do you think that is?
I feel that in the movies and TV-shows I’ve seen featuring LARPers, we’re often made out to be something we’re not. Socially inept psychopaths and drug addicts isn’t a pretty picture when trying to convince new people to try a game. I like to think of LARPers as extremely intelligent and creative people who are courageous enough to do something they love, despite the fact that it isn’t “normal.”
I know very few people who have given LARP an honest chance and came away from it disappointed. If more people were willing to play I think they’d find that they like the game just as much as we do! The trick is trying to convince people to make that step--which means fighting the stereotypes that exist because we’re part of the minority. Without experiencing LARP in person it can often be misunderstood. Plus, I think Hollywood likes the idea of weirdos in the woods. They believe it’s more interesting than the reality.
I live life by example. Showing people what makes LARP incredibly fun by creating a webseries is my way of doing that.