Author: Tara M. Clapper

CHARIOT LARP: Player Communication, New Runs, Custom Runs

The CHARIOT LARP updates just keep on coming. I had a very emotional and insightful experience playing Captain Emily O’Sullivan in our first session. If you’re new to CHARIOT LARP, learn more about it right here. This post is primarily an update for: Registered players eagerly awaiting communication Anyone wanting to know about this digital LARP format, which (as far as I know) has never been executed on a multi-game, universe-building scale as we are doing here. Updates for those who have signed up – and those who are just curious – happen below the video. You can learn...

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State of the LARP: CHARIOT LARP Updates

What a week it’s been. I’d like to provide a personal and transparent update on the state of CHARIOT LARP and The Geek Initiative. Don’t worry – it’s all GREAT news. Using just a few posts on Facebook, CHARIOT LARP sold out of two full runs. I think people are curious about the immersive digital nature of the game, and they’re also drawn in by the affordability of a multi-session game. I am also working with the LARPers of Color group to plan a PoC-only run of CHARIOT, which we’ll have more info on soon. Lastly, there is a...

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What’s Up at The Geek Initiative? Editorial Changes and LARP Design!

The Geek Initiative has gone on quite the adventure in 2017. After losing my full-time work-at-home position in content marketing, I transitioned to editing in a freelance capacity. I LOVE editing, especially when it comes to novels. Beyond that, it seems like life keeps hitting me over the head with an important fact: I’m in love with game design. A few months ago, I interviewed for another online work-at-home position, managing and growing someone else’s blog in the geek space. The potential employer asked me a question: Why do you want to work for me when you’ve already built...

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CHARIOT LARP: Schedules

Here are the detailed schedules for CHARIOT LARP, an immersive digital live action role playing game (LARP). Learn more about the game and sign up here. Got questions? Email us: tgilarps@gmail.com. Schedules: Epsilon Iota Zeta Delta Gamma Beta CHARIOT LARP: EPSILON [Women-ONLY RUN, Mondays] All times EST (Eastern Standard Time) November  11 , 8-11 PM or OR November 12, 8-11 PM: one-on-one scheduled character creation session with GM (30 minute time slot per player); November 17 Slots also available.  SESSION 1: November 20, 8-10 PM Character development, pre-role play Out of game Q&A Safety – emotional Digital resources introduction...

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Gilead Anxiety: Is It Justifiable?

I have a bad case of Gilead Anxiety. I worry that America could become like the nation in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” called speculative fiction because it is a look at what things could become. Despite the marketing materials, the interviews, and the feminist subcultures in which I conduct most of my business and personal life, I’ve heard it said: You’re overreacting. We’re not heading towards Gilead just yet. People who have said this include enemies and allies, teachers and friends; even women who marched for civil rights and women’s rights in March of this year – or in decades past. In...

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Sonnet: Ambition’s Impostor

I wrote the below sonnet as a result of dealing with impostor syndrome. Right now, Gen Con is just over a week and a half away. I’m doing my best to make my living entirely in the space of geek culture (it’s working, but it’s rough!) and those impostor syndrome feelings creep in from time to time. I hope this helps others who are going through the same issues. Ambition’s Impostor   Ambition is the coil of my penance; With Mary’s tears reserved for my regrets. I grasp a shield unworthy of defense So undeserving of this sweet duet....

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How I Explored External Validation Through Transformative Role Play at New World Magischola

Run 5 (Second Semester) of New World Magischola was the most transformative role playing experience of my decade-long LARPing career. While I went into the game as prepared as possible for an intense, dark plot and a romantic story ending in heartbreak, my primary game experience revolved around internal and external validation and the availability of choices in a world without sexism. Transformative role play provides meaningful change in a player’s life or way of thinking as the result of the emotions and experiences of the character they portray. Some experience this at New World Magischola, a live action...

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The Geek Initiative Is Now On Patreon: Here’s Why

It’s been a long road since I founded The Geek Initiative back in May of 2013. I was still making a living writing for various citizen journalism and pay-by-pageview sites, learning about SEO copywriting and how to make shareable content. Since then, I’ve decided to fully commit time and resources to TGI while also finding full-time work in content marketing and freelance work as an editor of fiction and a LARP marketer. Support us on Patreon! Here at TGI, we don’t have a huge budget. What we do have comes out of my personal investment into the site – and...

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