The lead organizer is Emily Care Boss, larp theorist and independent role-playing game designer. Also on the team are Sarah Lynne Bowman, larp scholar and coordinating editor of the International Journal of Role-playing; Ashley Zdeb, co-founder of the Imagine Nation Collective and Dystopia Rising; Lizzie Stark, an internationally-renowned larp journalist, and designer; David Kapell, Founder of NELCO and President of New England Interactive Literature, and Evan Torner, larp scholar and founder and editor of the Analog Game Studies journal.
Evan Torner and Sarah Lynne Bowman, experts in both design and scholarship, are spearheading the Academic Committee. We are partnering with Celia Pearce from the Game Design Program at the Art + Design Department at Northeastern University to hold the Role-playing and Simulation and Education conference. Diane Martin, organizer of many events including Reader Con helped secure the hotel contract.
Other RPG designers donated many hours to the founding the project, including Mikael Andersson, who worked tirelessly on the website, and John Stavropoulos, who provided expert guidance web and Safety protocol design. 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: Sarah Lynne Bowman
Academic: Sarah Lynne Bowman and Evan Torner
Games: Evan Torner
Week in Boston: Lizzie Stark
Finance: Emily Care Boss, David Kapell and Chad Bergeron
Inclusion and Accessibility: Brodie Atwater
Safety: Sarah Lynne Bowman
Security: Nathan Black
Outreach: Alex Roberts
Hospitality: Adina Schreiber
Site Logistics: Emily Care Boss
Documentation: 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. Sarah Lynne Bowman, Ashley Zdeb, Lizzie Stark, and Emily Care Boss ran the 2016 event with help from a large team at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin. LGC 2016 also featured a Role-playing and Simulation mini-conference at Texas State University's St. David's School of Nursing, which was run by Bowman and Dr. Anne Standiford.
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.