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Two players fighting over the ultimate treasure. Photo: Zach Long.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tara M. Clapper, Marketing Director
Seventh Kingdom IGE
609.948.GAME
tmc@seventhkingdomige.com

http://www.seventhkingdomige.com

Seventh Kingdom IGE to present interactive fantasy inn adventure environment at National Halloween and Haunters Convention

Mount Holly, NJ, March 2, 2010—Seventh Kingdom IGE will create an interactive fantasy space at the National Halloween and Haunters Convention to take place on April 30th through May 2nd in King of Prussia, PA.

This environment will feature a medieval fantasy tavern complete with role players responding to attendee conversations. Become completely immersed in a fantasy setting and embark upon a quest in this game play environment. Entrance to the tavern and quest setting is $5.00.

Learn by observation about the importance of immersion in creating an inviting, inventive setting.

The National Halloween and Haunters Convention is a four day convention featuring presenters, vendors, workshops, classes and a zombie-themed costume ball. Convention attendees can connect with haunting industry professionals to learn about crafting haunted environments and ubiquitous costume pieces.

Seventh Kingdom IGE is an interactive game environment based in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Experience a monthly live interactive adventure. Players create characters and embark on adventures based in a complex fantasy environment. The game encompasses a balance of boffer combat and role play and social skills.

For more information about Seventh Kingdom IGE, view the game’s site at http://www.seventhkingdomige.com. To learn more about the National Halloween and Haunters Convention, check out http://www.nationalhauntersconvention.com. Purchase advanced tickets for the inn and mini-quest directly at http://www2.nationalhauntersconvention.com/Product.aspx?id=CONVLARP.

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Last week, I learned about the awesomeness that is Wyrd Con. Wyrd One is a West Coast convention taking place in June of 2010–focused on LARP. The LARP Alliance & Live Effects are hosting this event. Given the positive experience I have had with LARP Alliance, I would really like to go to this con.

Sadly, I live all the way out here in New Jersey!

Personally, I would like to learn more about ‘one-shot’ LARPs or LARPs which take place over just one weekend. Do I even have to mention that I’m dying to try a Firefly ‘verse one-shot? Even have the costuming!

I’m pretty sure it would not be hard to convince most of the Seventh Kingdom IGE staff to tag along, either… I think we are mostly Browncoats!

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. Just wanted to get the word out there about Wyrd Con… and to let you know I’m jealous if you’re going!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tara M. Clapper, Marketing Director
Seventh Kingdom IGE
609.948.GAME
tmc@seventhkingdomige.com
http://www.seventhkingdomige.com

Seventh Kingdom IGE to present panel at GameX

Mount Holly, NJ, October 7, 2009—Seventh Kingdom IGE will present a panel on live action role playing (LARP) at GameX on Saturday, October 24. Those attending the panel can meet four members of the Seventh Kingdom staff who will discuss role playing, costumes, rules, game immersion, combat, weapons and special effects. A short Q&A session will follow.

GameX (Games & Media Expo) is produced by Virtual Rush Gaming and WCAU-TV/NBC 10. The expo takes place from October 23-25, 2009 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. To learn about GameX, please visit their Web site at http://gamexpo.us.

This panel is targeted towards gamers who are curious about taking their game to the next level with live action role play. In LARP, players assume the role of a character just as they might in a video or table top game. Instead of playing at a console or on paper, participants act out combat, feats of magic and professions in a controlled environment, appealing to all senses.

Seventh Kingdom IGE is a New Jersey-based game in which players portray characters of various races and classes, encounter creatures and complete quests. Additionally, the decisions of the participants influence the game story real time.

Events take place over a weekend at South Jersey camp sites. Price of admission includes event, sleeping quarters, a raffle ticket and a highly-rated feast, food prepared on site.

In conjunction with GameX, Seventh Kingdom IGE will raffle six pairs of weekend tickets at their next event on October 16-18, 2009 in Medford, NJ.

The November raffle will include gamer jewelry from Handcrafted Carolyn – Jewelry by Carolyn Buss. Learn more about Carolyn’s jewelry at handcraftedcarolyn.com.

Seventh Kingdom IGE will also appear at the Witches Ball 2009: Back in Black, October 10, 2009, Mt. Holly, NJ. Seventh Kingdom players will host Ghosts in the Gaslight, a walkthrough production featuring the talents of Seventh Kingdom IGE Environmental Director Matt Wagner. The game will also staff actors for the gypsy camp.

For more information about Seventh Kingdom IGE, visit the web site at seventhkingdomige.com. Players may also pre-register to receive a discount.
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The negative reputation not-so-enjoyed by LARPers is really annoying. Sometimes other gamers have elitist attitudes about gaming or don’t even consider LARP ‘real’ gaming. Perhaps that’s because they’re just afraid of the exercise and they’d rather sit in their parents’ basements drinking Mountain Dew, farting, and getting fat. Not that LARPers don’t do that, too–but at least we do something other than that. Who knows. Anyway, I’d rather be exercising.

That said, a product caught my attention recently, making me think that this attitude has taken a truly spiteful turn. (more…)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:

Tara M. Clapper, Marketing Director

Seventh Kingdom IGE

609.694.9831

tmm@seventhkingdomige.com

http://www.seventhkingdomige.com

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Seventh Kingdom IGE to appear at Witches Ball and Game Core Convention

Mount Holly, NJ, August 25, 2009—Seventh Kingdom IGE, an ‘interactive gaming environment’ based in Mt. Holly, NJ, announces upcoming appearances aimed at recruiting new players.

Seventh Kingdom IGE started beta testing its enhanced live action role playing (LARP) environment in June 2009. Participants face theatrical role playing scenarios and boffer weapon combat challenges—like acting out an online role playing game such as World of Warcraft.

Staffed by ten staff members and elite participants, Seventh Kingdom IGE has built a loyal player base and looks to bring the immersive gaming experience to new players.

Seventh Kingdom IGE will have a presence as a vendor at Game Core Convention on September 12, 2009 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. This convention seeks to provide a collective environment for gamers of all types. For further information about Game Core Con: http://www.gamecorecon.com.

Seventh Kingdom IGE will also provide an opportunity for potential participants to sample their game by providing an environment at the Witches Ball 2009, which will take place on October 10 in Mill Race Village, Mount Holly, NJ. Seventh Kingdom IGE players and staff will create and act in an enclosed area. Matt Wagner, the game’s environmental director, will showcase his stagecraft talent in this area. Seventh Kingdom IGE will also assist at the ball’s gypsy village, adding a fantastic flourish to this already popular event. For more info on the Witches Ball: http://thewitchesball.com.

With three game events behind them, Seventh Kingdom IGE will host its next game at Camp Kettle Run in Medford, NJ on September 18-20. For complete rules, game information, photos, and press packet, please visit http://www.seventhkingdomige.com.

Seventh Kingdom IGE also boasts a heavy presence on social media. For updates, follow SK on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/seventhkingdom. MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/seventhkingdom. Search on Facebook for fan page.

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There are many pros and cons to NPCing at a live action role playing game. Experience LARPers will know that most LARPs and LARP-type games invlolve mandatory NPC duty, during which players are required to step out of their PC roles and play a bad guy (usually a demon or thug) responsible for providing entertainment for the other players. If a player is lucky, he will participate in a game which does not require NPC duty (check out Seventh Kingdom IGE in New Jersey), but welcomes NPC assistance.

Here is a brief list of the pros and cons of LARPing. Please feel free to add more below as comments.

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Last night, I was just making mention of how much it bothered me that little boys get all sorts of cool movies about the boy getting to be the super adventure hero and how girls get films about wanting to be princesses.

Then today I saw this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/06/dear_pixar_from_all_the_girls.html?sc=fb&cc=fp

Maybe most little girls don’t want to be action heroes…but is it because they really don’t want to be, or because there aren’t many examples in movies? There are probably at least ten movies about a boy who wakes up to find he is really King Arthur, but there are hardly any such movies for girls, especially in that genre. Females can be helpful/intelligent/alluring sidekicks, but never the main show.

What’s with that? If a girl doesn’t see examples of women standing up for themselves or making important choices, why WOULD they be any good at video games or anything else.

What I am saying as this pertains to LARP…..think about Xena, She-Ra, and all of those other “I’m so cool but I’m also a princess or I only have power because a man close to me is important” kind of ‘role models’ out there for girls. You can do better, and if you choose not to play ‘the game’ at a LARP, you can accept the social consequences and do something else.

Play the game–don’t let it play you.

(and also beware of using cut tags on WordPress. They seem to eliminate text.)

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