The lead organizer is Sarah Lynne Bowman, larp scholar and editor of the Wyrd Con Companion Book. Also on the team are Ashley Zdeb, co-founder of Imagine Nation and Dystopia Rising, and Lizzie Stark, an internationally-renown larp journalist. Evan Torner, Emily Care Boss, and Nick Fortugno, experts in both design and scholarship, are spearheading the Academic Committee. Steve Vig, an Intercon regular and non-profit specialist, is helping out with our Games track. Other RPG designers donated many hours to the project, including Mikael Andersson, who worked tirelessly on the website, John Stavropoulos, who provided expert guidance on the color scheme, and Liz Gorinsky, who helped secure the hotel contract. Sara Williamson, writer of American Freeform and Fastaval scenarios, helped immensely with early social media design. In short, our current team is diverse, consisting of people from numerous larp and professional communities.
Our current heads of committees are:
Programming: Lizzie Stark
Academic: Sarah Lynne Bowman
Games: Sarah Lynne Bowman
Social: Terra Chirieleison
Finance: Ashley Zdeb
Safety: Sarah Lynne Bowman
If you would like to participate as a volunteer or committee member, we would love to hear from you! Additionally, if you wish to sponsor the event by providing monetary donations, food/drinks for the con suite, or other supplies, please contact us at info (at) livinggamesconference.com.
Ultimately, Living Games is the brainchild of dozens of other talented individuals as well. Shoshana Kessock ran the inaugural conference at the NYU Game Center in the Tisch School of Arts in 2014 with help from an international team of scholars and practitioners. The current iteration of the conference is the product of many hours of brainstorming from people from various role-playing communities, including Intercon, Dystopia Rising, Mind’s Eye Society, Knutpunkt, Double Exposure, Wyrd Con, Fastaval, Big Bad Con, American Freeform, Story Games, etc. Our goal is to create a bridge between different communities and pool the collective wisdom attained from years of experience in each.