Hello, readers! I’m the new Editor in Chief for LARPing.org, Kiri Brasseur. I’m really excited to get to work with the wonderful writers on staff and help move this site to the forefront of larp articles and information. To introduce myself to the writers and readers, the staff put together this interview:
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and, more importantly, where do you larp?
I’m originally from Saginaw, MI, but right now I’m living in Ypsilanti, MI. I mainly larp at Kanar, a medieval fantasy boffer larp in Milan, MI.
What drew you to larp? Has that changed over the years?
Initially I was drawn into larping because of the story. I grew up reading and acting, so being able to write my own stories with a group of people as I went? How cool is that? The only thing that’s changed over the years is that being able to see my friends at the events has been added into the mix!
Since you’ll be editing, tell us a little bit about why you love to write and help others write. What is your past experiences with writing?
I’ve been writing stories since I can remember. I started to write seriously in high school and joined the editorial staff of the school literature magazine. Between the magazine and writing workshops, I got the opportunity to read other people’s work and help them create the stories and articles they wanted to create. I’ve been editing and work-shopping ever since.
Top three favorite books: Go!
Only three? I’ll try my best:
- The Last Herald-Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
I’ll admit that I cheated and added series to the list, but it’s close enough, right?
When not larping and not editing articles for us, what else takes up your time?
A lot of reading, writing, costuming, makeup design, and table-topping. A lot of this ends up being cross-hobby work (larps are great for showing off costume and makeup skills!), but being able to sit and relax with a good book is a great way to end the day.
Cats or dogs?
Cats. Sorry, dog-folks, but laid-back and sassy is the way to go!
Where do you draw your creative larp inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from a combination of books and the people around me. I like to take bits and pieces of my favorite characters and use them to give my characters flaws and flavor. I tend to try to figure out what kind of character is lacking in a group or larp and fill the gap. I also do my best to make my characters fun and interesting for other people to watch and interact with.
Would you rather fight three Corgis wielding boffers or 1 Reese Monkey with unlimited spell packets?
Reese Monkey. Spell packets are easier to dodge, and Corgis are too cute to fight.
This is a big job. What are your hopes for what you’ll be able to accomplish for the larp community in this role?
My goal with this job is to give the larp community a central location to get information. Right now there isn’t an easy way to find any quantity of good articles and tutorials to interest larpers. I want to take the several smaller larp communities and make us into a national community. I think it’s the first step toward making larping a nationally-recognized and respected hobby.
Hopefully this interview helped give you a good idea of what I’m all about. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them in the comments below!