How playing NPCs helps you play PCs (feat. Noxweiler Berf, Fabienne Miskelly, and Brian Richardson)
It's not unusual when people think of Non Player Characters (NPCs), they think of a generic character like a merchant with a script of a few repeated lines in a video game. But in LARP, while an NPC merchant needs to sell their wares, they may choose who to sell it to, what price, or even entertain a bargain because they are STILL a character.
For this podcast, Kai and Ryan speak with Brian Richardson, Director of the LARP "Last Frontier," Noxweiler Berf and Fabienne Miskelly, who both serve as Story Advocates for the LARP "Twin Mask." We talk about the use of NPCs by LARP storytellers, how playing an NPC allows some players to try different things they aren't able to do as a PC, and their favorite NPCs and NPC moments.
Noxweiler Ignatius Berf was raised by wolves in the far reaches of the wild lands beyond The Wall. Classically trained in circus arts, puppetry, make-believe, and sleight of hand, his work as an artist and general ne’er-do-well can be found in various locations around Los Angeles. He is a player advocate for Twin Mask, a plot member for Undying, and producer of the Dungeon Master stage show. You can find him on The Painters Guild on Geek and Sundry and see his work on various properties on the Project Alpha channel. He also hosts a variety of content on Twitch.tv/goblincavalcade and can be seen on Anesidora on Maze Arcana with Ryan Omega! He is the creator of Boogah Badtongue and isn’t sorry about it.
Fabienne Miskelly is a player advocate at Twin Mask. She has a BFA in Performing Arts, with experience in performing, but also in technical aspects like stage combat, prop and scenic design, as well as managing theater company’s. You can find her performing in the improv show “Dungeon Master” in Los Angeles, on the Twitch Channel “Goblin Cavalcade”, and everywhere @MagicalGirlFab.
Brian Richardson is the co-creator of Last Frontier, a space-western mining town LARP in Southern California, and an equipment design engineer for a major medical device manufacturer. He has previously worked as a Marshal and Storyteller for Dystopia Rising SoCal.
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