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Interview with Ira Ham, co-creator of Wyrdcon in Orange County, California!


-Mickey and Bill

Notes: www.wyrdcon.com


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  • Zoe

    This is really interesting to me– the idea of convention Larp, that is. I have a lot of friends who absolutely love conventions, and I’ve been to conventions for other things. However, my personal experience with LARP is described by two things: 1) being outside/in nature ( which I know is by no means definitive of larp as a whole), and 2) a sustained experience. A convention would just be a totally different experience.

    Good episode!

    May 26, 2012 at 8:16 am
  • Zoe

    Around 29:30– As an anthropologist, I’m interested in the difference between assuming and role-playing a persona (costumed events/day-to-day life), and engaging in live-action role-play as a game. While I understand the comparison, and I do think it is interesting, I think it is somewhat disingenuous. Live-action role-play, in the game arena, is, to some extent, a codified and structured experience– while I agree that the mindset may be similar, I don’t think they’re the same, and the generalist definition is problematic to me. I do agree, however, with the expansion of the live- action RP genre: look at Pottermore for instance… and I completely agree with the increased trend in viscerality.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:36 am
  • Jyn

    Good interview! I’ve been thinking some of Invictus staff would do well to hit up the next Intercon anyway for learning and shilling purposes, so add me to the list of people saying you should go ;)

    May 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  • Adina

    Long time listener, first time caller. Very interesting interview!

    I noticed Ira Ham says, “one of the interesting things about Wyrdcon compared to most other live action conventions is wyrdcon allows combat.” And also that he’s only aware of two other LARP style conventions- Knutepunkt and Intercon.

    I know he said “most other” and not “all other” but for clarification, we do welcome boffer LARPing at the New England Intercon- and have had it in the past. I got my first taste of boffer LARPing at Intercon H, when End of Seasons ran a sort of sample one-shot to introduce new LARPers to their game. It was amazing. (And now I play in two campaign boffers.) I also NPC’d for something similar for The Calling at Intercon J.

    I think it would be fantastic if we could get more boffer LARPing going on at Intercon- it would be a great way for new LARPs starting up in the New England area to introduce themselves to a huge crop of potential players, (as well as established ones interested in new players) and it would provide more variety to a primarily theater-style convention.

    On a side note, I was rather surprised to hear The Road Not Taken referred to as a “classic LARP”- it’s quite unlike any other LARP I’ve ever played, in tone, structure, and content.

    Jun 4, 2012 at 12:50 am