Kristin Brumley (https://www.youtube.com/user/OrlySunja) has begun a fascinating new series which will become regular live online conference sessions via Google Hangouts on Youtube in which she is gathering a group of LARPing experts to discuss various topics.
In this particular LIVE Google Hangout of 26 March 2014, they had a discussion on how LARPing and RPGs can help players as a form of therapy.
- Dr. Sarah Lynne Bowman, Adjunct Professor of English and Communication
- Hawke Robinson, Founder of the RPG Research Project
- Chris Shell
- Jamie Metzger
- Kristin Brumley
As many regular readers here know, I’ve written about 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. 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 numerous scenarios as well.
In any case, here is the video of the talk which is well worth your while:
I was particularly interested in the use of Google Hangouts for this as we’re seriously considering hosting a hybrid academic conference with live and virtual presentations on LARPing with the Journal of Interactive Drama (http://www.interactivedramas.info) and the Society of Interactive Drama that would incorporate Google Hangouts along with live presentations.
Back when dinosaurs walked the Earth and I was working on my doctoral dissertation in interactive drama style LARPing, I delved rather heavy into some of the material they touch on – particularly Moreno’s psychodrama and the like. Regular readers know my doctoral dissertation was completed in 1998 (yep, I’m an old geezer compared to these young’uns and it’s honestly so wonderful to see so many exciting things happening now in terms of formal exploration, discussion, and study of LARP that just didn’t exist back when I was navigating the maze that is doctoral research).
Speaking of the Journal of Interactive Drama (http://www.interactivedramas.info/journal.htm), real quick sort-of-promotional heads up, for those with an interest our peer-reviewed freeform theatre-style LARP journal is looking for a few more submissions for the next issue (in addition to papers along an academic flavor, we also look for essays, reviews, and scenario submissions with interactive-dramatist notes). See http://www.interactivedramas.info/journal.htm for more info. For those less interested in the journal, the scenario archive http://www.interactivedramas.info is always happy to receive new submissions as well.
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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