Episode 204 – international round table, part 1
by Dan Repperger
* (0:59) Introducing the panel: Itamar from Israel, Jenny from Sweden, and Shane from Ireland.
* (4:24) A discussion about LARPing in Europe quickly shifts into a conversation about gaming organizations, governmental support for hobbies, and the diverse levels of trust regarding such things. You can find pictures of the Russian Fallout LARP here. You can find out more about Sverok here.
* (16:29) Differing cultural views on alcohol, conventions, cosplayers, and the party aspect of some segments of gaming. Also how our views of authority and government affect our gaming culture.
* (19:38) Back to the original topic of LARPing! Shane did some recordings on their airsoft LARP in Sweden which you can find on their show’s feed. Social organization in game organizations proves itself inextricable once again.
* (27:27) The gaming scene in our respective countries. How people learn about games, find community, and stay tapped into news or events. What gamer shame looks like (or if it exists at all) across the pond. Included is a brief discussion of the story from a few years ago about the Israeli army allegedly discriminating against roleplayers and the effect compulsory military service has on the gaming populace.
* (39:34) Is the gaming hobby in decline? Or is it just the industry? How new gamers are being brought into the hobby and old ones being retained. You can find out more about Read an RPG Book in Public Week on The Escapist.
Hosts: Chad, Dan, Itamar, Jenny, Shane
In part two, we talk about the impact of local religion on gaming, the titles that are popular in various countries, English as a barrier to gaming, and more! We hope you’ll join us then.
In closing, I’d like to provide some additional information on our guests:
Jenny is an artist with an online gallery of her work.
Shane is a host of The Adventuring Party podcast.