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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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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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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!

Tavern Talk LarpCast S1E1

Tavern Talk LarpCast S1E1

Tavern Talk Larpcast
Tavern Talk Larpcast
Tavern Talk LarpCast S1E1
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Welcome to the very first episode of Tavern Talk, where we dive deep into the world of live action role-playing (LARP). Join hosts Odin and Artenan as they introduce you to WILARP’s community-driven LARP experience, full of battles, quests, and immersive role-play. Whether you’re new to LARP or a seasoned warrior, this episode is packed with insightful discussions, hilarious anecdotes, and essential tips to get you started or enhance your LARPing journey.

The episode kicks off with our hosts, Odin and Artenant, sharing their personal experiences and the founding story of WILARP, inspired by popular culture and a passion for engaging storytelling through role-play. They discuss the basics of starting in LARP, from crafting your first foam weapon to finding local LARP groups or events. The conversation covers the importance of safety in LARP, including the necessary preparations like watching safety videos and understanding the rules of engagement to ensure a fun and secure environment for all participants.

Our hosts also delve into the creation of character profiles on WILARP’s innovative website, designed by the tech-savvy Skylab, and how players can earn experience points (XP) daily just by logging in. They highlight how the website enhances the community aspect of LARP, allowing players to interact, share experiences, and build their characters’ stories online.

Throughout the episode, Odin and Artenant answer viewer questions, providing insights into the dynamics of XP gaining, character development, and the consequences of in-game actions like combat and death. They emphasize the role of acting and theatricality in LARP, which enhances the overall experience and enjoyment for players.

The conversation also includes practical demonstrations and video segments showcasing actual LARP battles and quests, offering a real-time glimpse into the action and camaraderie found in LARP events. These segments illustrate the strategic and cooperative aspects of gameplay, as well as the creative opportunities available to participants.

As the episode wraps up, our hosts discuss future plans for WILARP, teasing upcoming features, and expansions of the realm. They encourage viewers to get involved, whether by joining the community, creating content, or simply following along with Tavern Talk for more entertaining and informative episodes.

Join us on this fantastic voyage into the heart of LARPing, where imagination meets reality, and every player can be the hero of their own epic story.

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