Here we go . . . An Introduction to ARS AMANDI with Emily Care Boss, Lizzie Stark, and Sarah Lynne Bowman Okay, this video thingie is a more formalized continuation of intimacy and love simulation in interactive drama that we have seen from a few earlier videos I have shared and like the earlier pieces, this one addresses some rather important issues such as SEX and Intimacy in Interactive Drama or LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) or Live RPG . . . a subject near and dear to me as my doctoral dissertation was on the subject (well, on interactive drama with a sub-discussion on sexuality as it related to scenarios).
In this short introductory video, Emily Care Boss, Lizzie Stark, and Sarah Lynne Bowman explain the basics behind the love and intimacy mechanic for live action role-playing called Ars Armandi. Originally developed by Emma Wieslander for Nordic larp, Ars Armandi is an optional, versatile method of expressing intimate contact between players safely through the touching of hands, arms and shoulders.
As many regular readers here know, I’ve written about this very subject of sex in interactive drama roleplay a few times and published in the old ILF/LARPA journal as well as the more academic oriented peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Drama (http://www.interactivedramas.info) which I am also an editor of. You can find my piece on “Revisiting Interactive Drama, Sex, and Issues of Consent and Harassment” in the July 2006 issue and a very brief kink-friendly scenario of mine “Fall of the Dream: An Adult Interactive Drama Scenario” in the November 2008 issue, both issues still available from the archive at the journal. Yes, the journal is still active and as soon as there are enough accepted pieces, a new issue will be published. The scenario archive on the same site has a section of adult-friendly scenarios as well.
In any case, here is the delightfulish video:
The authors say that demos for how to run a workshop will follow in subsequent videos.
As a side note, some of you are also familiar with my work in combining immersive interactive drama or roleplay with trance or experiential hypnosis which I’ve written about in the Journal of Experiential Trance (http://trancesociety.net/journal) – yes, that journal is also accepting submissions. Our Vicarious Experiential Machine work fits this sort of thing perfectly.
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