Episode 93: Ashley Zdeb & LARP 101

Episode 93: Ashley Zdeb & LARP 101

“Apart from the fact that you blocked me from banging a fairy and I’m about to go lose my crown in battle thanks to my army being decimated, yeah, totally good.”

We’ve got a great interview for you this week. We talk to Co-founder and Director of the nationwide LARP Dystopia RisingAshley Zdeb. Ashley helps further our understanding of LARPing by covering some basics of game play and engagement and also some of the exciting stories that are told in game. Dystopia Rising is a post-apocalyptic, zombie filled world unlike any other LARP we’ve heard of before.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about LARPing, especially with zombies involved. Leave us a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter.

Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.

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