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S10 E2 LarpCast | We Found A Castle

Welcome back to LarpCast, where history and fantasy collide in the most immersive experiences. I’m Ryan, also known in the LARP world as Artenen, and today I’m thrilled to share with you not just the evolution of our game systems, but also the profound personal journey that brought me to the heart of the Ozarks—a place of rugged beauty and endless adventure.

New Beginnings in the Ozark Mountains

Moving from Southeast Wisconsin to North Central Arkansas wasn’t just a change in scenery—it was a transformative leap towards a life where we could embrace the outdoors and live sustainably. The Ozarks, with their old-school, rough beauty, offered not just better trails and a welcoming community but a perfect backdrop for both our homestead and LARP adventures.

In Arkansas, the diversity of the natural landscape is breathtaking. From regions resembling medieval Europe to the arid stretches reminiscent of Egyptian deserts, the Ozarks present a canvas vibrant with possibilities for historical reenactments and fantastical escapades.

A Castle for Our Canvas

On a recent trip to Missouri, a stroke of serendipity led us to a castle—an actual castle! This place wasn’t just any building; it was a 17th-century style castle built with modern techniques to ensure its longevity. The castle, surrounded by 300 acres of pristine land accessible only by boat, features grandiose lion heads at its gates and a majestic atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another era.

The potential of this site for hosting LARP events is enormous. Imagine knights and nobles, peasants and merchants, all coming to life in this authentic setting, where the natural and built environments blend seamlessly to create a truly immersive experience.

Community and Collaboration

Since moving here, we’ve been fortunate to integrate into the local community, joining a church, engaging with the local basketball scene through our son, and even finding a local gaming store. It’s here in Mountain Home, Arkansas, where our small community of 13,000 thrives on personal connections and shared interests.

Our involvement doesn’t stop at personal integration. The castle we’ve discovered is an opportunity for collaboration and community building. It already serves as a venue for weddings and events, and with its owners’ emphasis on family values and community, it aligns perfectly with our vision for LARPing—not just as a game, but as a way to enrich and educate.

Looking Ahead: Games, Gardens, and Growth

As we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond, our focus remains on enhancing our game systems to include more historically accurate elements infused with the right touch of fantasy, appealing to a broad audience while staying true to historical authenticity.

For those of you listening from afar, prepare for a rule book that balances fun and historical fidelity, and for those nearby, get ready to experience the magic of LARP in the stunning settings of the Ozarks. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the world of live-action role-play, there’s a place here for you to dive into adventure, history, and the boundless creativity that LARPing offers.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through LarpCast. Don’t forget to subscribe and share with friends who dream of turning history into a playground for the imagination. Let’s make history together, one quest at a time!