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S10 E3 LarpCast Kim Adkins Interview looking at the Society of the Middle Ages (SMA) LARP, Author, Artist

S10 E3 LarpCast Kim Adkins Interview looking at the Society of the Middle Ages (SMA) LARP, Author, Artist

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Welcome to our latest blog post, where we delve into the enchanting world of historical reenactment and the dedicated community that brings the richness of the past to life. Today, we spotlight a unique podcast episode from the “LARPcast,” a series that explores the fascinating intersection of role-playing, history, and community building.

Episode Overview

In a recent episode of the “LARPcast,” host Ryan Harden welcomed a very special guest, Kim Adkins, a cornerstone of the LARP community in Wisconsin. Kim’s involvement spans over many years, crafting engaging experiences that immerse participants in historical narratives and reenactments across the country.

Meet Kim Adkins

Kim introduces herself as an author, artist, and a self-described “nerd” who is deeply entrenched in the world of LARP (Live Action Role Play). Her passion for making history both accessible and entertaining is evident as she discusses her various projects.

Kim’s awesome Painted Glass – https://kims-glass.com

Kim’s Author Site – https://k-brunner.wixsite.com/nungai

Middle Aged Men at Arms

One of the standout projects Kim discusses is “Middle Aged Men at Arms,” a YouTube series created by her husband. The series cleverly plays with the dual meaning of “middle-aged”—referring both to men who are middle-aged in the modern sense and their exploration of the Middle Ages through historical reenactment. The show aims to educate viewers on 14th-century living history, delving into the details of daily life, combat, and more, all while maintaining a humorous and engaging tone. This unique series provides a portal back in time, showing the intricacies of historical combat and the lifestyle of the past, making it a fantastic resource for those interested in the historical accuracy of the Middle Ages.

The Society of the Middle Ages (SOMA)

Kim is actively involved in the Society of the Middle Ages (SMA), an organization dedicated to historical reenactments that blend experimental archaeology, living history, and historical European martial arts. SMA’s mission is to foster a deep appreciation of history through accurate portrayals and immersive experiences. Their website, sma-inc.org, offers resources and information on their various events and educational initiatives, reflecting their commitment to authenticity and educational outreach.

The Role of Reenactment

Kim emphasizes the importance of detailed, accurate portrayals in their reenactments. She is currently working on historically accurate costumes and equipment, including a dress from a mid-15th century Spanish Book of Hours and a surcoat based on Edward the Black Prince’s coat. These projects highlight the meticulous research and commitment to authenticity that defines their group’s efforts.

Community and Inclusion

The podcast touches on the supportive and inclusive nature of the LARP community. Kim describes how they provide loaner equipment for newcomers to ensure that everyone can participate and enjoy the experience, regardless of their background or resources. This inclusivity is a core value of their community, helping to expand the appeal of historical reenactment.

Educational Impact

Beyond entertainment, Kim and her colleagues see their work as a form of educational outreach. By engaging in hands-on historical reenactments, participants gain a tangible connection to the past, which can be more impactful than traditional academic study. This approach also aids in the preservation and dissemination of historical practices and knowledge.

Conclusion

The episode with Kim Adkins offers a compelling look at how historical reenactment and LARPing can bridge the gap between past and present, education and entertainment. Through her dedication and creativity, Kim showcases the power of community and shared experiences in keeping history alive and relevant.

For those interested in learning more about Kim’s work or joining their next reenactment event, visit the Society of the Middle Ages at sma-inc.org and stay tuned to the LARPcast for more inspiring stories and educational content. Whether you’re a history buff, a LARP enthusiast, or simply curious about new ways to experience the past, Kim Adkins and the vibrant community she represents are sure to provide an enriching and enjoyable experience.

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S10 E2 LarpCast | We Found A Castle

S10 E2 LarpCast | We Found A Castle

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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!

S10 E1 Welcome Back Larpcast | New Game System

S10 E1 Welcome Back Larpcast | New Game System

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In the latest installment of the LarpCast podcast, Season 10 Episode 1, Ryan Artenen, one of the pioneering volunteers behind LarpCraft, takes listeners on a detailed journey through the evolution and future direction of their live action role-playing (LARP) community. This episode is not just a reflection on past achievements but a forward-looking plan for revitalizing and enriching the LARP experience through a new game system named “Viscentia.”

The Genesis and Growth of LarpCraft

Ryan begins by reminiscing about the inception of LarpCraft in 2010. From humble beginnings with a handful of players, LarpCraft expanded into a large community, attracting players from across the globe, including Australia, Iceland, Puerto Rico, and various parts of the United States and Canada. This growth was driven by a vibrant, creative community dedicated to enriching the LARP experience.

Shifting Paradigms: New Directions in LARP

Transitioning into the core of the episode, Ryan introduces “Viscentia,” a new historical fantasy game set mainly in the pre-16th century Renaissance period. What sets Viscentia apart is its commitment to incorporating only fantasy elements that can be traced to historical texts, manuscripts, and artwork—stripping away the modern literary and game-derived fantasy components to root the gameplay in elements that participants can learn from while they play.

Innovations in Community Engagement

One of the standout features of this episode is Ryan’s emphasis on community engagement through innovative methods. He discusses how LarpCraft used written forums and real-world mail correspondence to keep players connected between games. Players would send letters to each other, mimicking historical correspondence complete with wax seals and heraldry, enriching the immersive experience. This not only kept the community active but also deepened the historical authenticity of the interaction.

Transitioning Platforms: Enhancing Digital Interaction

Ryan details the technical transitions underway, from moving their platform from XenForo to WordPress, to restructuring the online presence to better support the decentralization of game systems. This shift aims to allow each game system to flourish independently while still under the overarching brand of LarpCraft, enhancing the sense of ownership among participants and streamlining the user experience.

Challenges and Solutions

Throughout the podcast, Ryan is candid about the challenges faced by the LARP community, from the complexity of rules that might deter new players to the logistical difficulties of managing a growing international community. His solutions are pragmatic, focusing on simplifying participation rules and utilizing digital tools to maintain and grow the community’s engagement.

Looking Forward: The Future of LARP

As LarpCast moves into its tenth season, the focus is clear: to revive the core elements that made LarpCraft successful while innovating to meet the needs of today’s LARPers. Ryan’s vision for Viscentia is a game that balances the historical and fantastical, the educational and the entertaining, aiming to attract a diverse new wave of participants.

Conclusion

Season 10, Episode 1 of LarpCast sets an ambitious blueprint for the future of LARP. Ryan Arterton’s thoughtful reflections and strategic innovations offer a promising outlook for both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers to the world of live action role-playing. As LarpCraft evolves, it continues to blaze a trail for a more inclusive and historically enriched LARPing experience.

Listeners and LARP enthusiasts can look forward to more updates and insights as the new system develops, promising to keep the spirit of adventure, community, and historical appreciation alive in the world of LARP.

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