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Tara M. Clapper

Game Designer • Editor • Content Manager • Geek

Philadelphia, PA

Tara M. Clapper

Tara M. Clapper lives in the world of storytelling 24/7, whether creating games or helping brands express themselves. She is The Geek Initiative's founder and publisher, an experienced content manager, and a game designer of innovative LARPs (live action role playing games). A proud geek, she has over fifteen years of experience in digital publishing and marketing.

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6 Ways to Accommodate LARPers with Chronic Illnesses

Live action role play has changed considerably for me over the years. In addition to attending a wider variety of experiences, my body has undergone many health changes since I started to LARP in boffer combat games back in 2007. A few years into my LARPing career, I was involved in a series of car accidents.
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Game Design in the United States: 5 Ways to Explore and Harness American Competition and Individuality

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*OA2ErF8T3Y73bP1eBYzyXw.jpeg"> Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/architecture-buildings-business-child-321441/ Game Design in the United States: 5 Ways to Explore and Harness American Competition and Individuality.
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15 Simple and Inexpensive Things You Can Do For Friends With Chronic Pain

15 Simple and Inexpensive Things You Can Do For Friends With Chronic Pain. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*-C453_2d2rRId-MVha806Q.jpeg"> https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-business-close-up-friendship-433495/ Managing chronic illnesses and chronic pain from injuries is overwhelming.
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Why Mindfulness Meditation is (Sometimes) Bullshit for Chronic Pain Sufferers — And What to Try Instead

Why Mindfulness Meditation is (Sometimes) Bullshit for Chronic Pain Sufferers — And What to Try Instead. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*9sX5fVJWmg-rXzozHYtwfA.jpeg"> I lay on the bed. My mind is empty of thoughts, worries, and anxieties.
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Episode #74: LARPing on a Grand Scale

We have started referring to and rating games by a rating scale. Here is how we are using this scale: Cathy interviews Tara Clapper from The Geek Initiative about her involvement with the LARP Mega Game called Dragon Thrones. If you would like to be a guest or contributor on the show, simply send an email to Feedback@OurTurnPodcast.com.
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5 Things I Learned About Running Digital LARPs

I’ve helped LARPs (live action role playing games) before and I’ve even run my own – but CHARIOT LARP was my first digital LARP event as a designer or participant. I have a full-scale business plan, but hit setbacks pertaining to technology, scaling, and lack of initial start up capital. Despite that, I’ve managed to run a relatively successful ship.
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Armistice Arcane: A Profoundly Personal Live Action Role Play Experience

From the moment I received my Armistice Arcane character blurb, I knew I’d put the pressure on myself to inhabit this character deeply. Her name is Moira O’Connor, a woman devoted to Cernunnos, the Horned God. Originally from Ireland, Moira emigrated to Pennsylvania (United States) after a supernaturally long life and a complicated relationship with magic, monster hunters, and her god.
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What It Means to Be ‘The Woman in the Arena’ in Gaming

I’ve had quite a time since losing my full-time work at home job in July of last year. I survive on generosity, coffee, 80-hour workweeks, and cashing in a lot of favors from the karma bank. My savior was also gaming, in the form of running digital LARPs (live action role playing games). I knew I had some assets and disadvantages when a close friend told me “you’re in love with your dream.”.
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What Is a Digital LARP?

Digital LARP (live action role playing) is a type of social game played primarily over technology, such as the internet. It involves all components of in-person LARP except the physicality (potentially being able to reach out and touch others in a role play environment). Digital LARPs typically rely upon audio and video as primary means of communication, and usually include an organizer, GM (game master), or facilitator.
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The Most Important Thing Marketers Can Learn From Social Justice Advocates

Let go of your assumptions – it's not what you're thinking. And reframing your mindset as a marketer and as an empathetic individual can revolutionize our society in a very difficult time.
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How Much Unpaid Labor Do You Perform Each Week?

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1200/1*vPTaZIjbe58-8MUz2fC7MA.jpeg"> Working woman. Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/computer-pc-workplace-home-office-1185626/ Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with asking to be paid for my work.
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The 7 Stages of LARP Hype

We often discuss LARP drop, or the feelings of sadness and loneliness you might experience following an event when you’re alone for the first time in a while. But there’s also LARP hype, which happens on the early end of LARP planning. We mostly associate LARP hype with excitement and positivity, but the rush of LARP hype, your interactions with other players and their expectations, and the time crunch at the end can produce some valid feelings of anxiety.

About

Tara M. Clapper

Tara M. Clapper is The Geek Initiative's founder and publisher, a professional storyteller and LARP designer, former blog editor at SEMrush, and an active participant in LARP and theater. A proud geek, she has over a decade of experience in digital publishing and marketing.

A veteran of digital publishing in the Philadelphia area, she's worked with A Better World, hibu, Taylor & Francis, and Xlibris.

Tara has authored over 1,000 pieces of online content, some of which appears on notable and influential channels such as LARPing.org, Salary.com, Hello Giggles, nordiclarp.org, and New Worlds Comics.

Her topics of expertise include LARP (live action role play), geek culture, women in technology, content writing and management, small business web copy, and entertainment such as movies, graphic novels, books, video games, and comic books.

In LARPs, Tara enjoys playing characters who participate in musical groups, politics, and boffer combat.

She loves sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero movies. She's an avid fan of Marvel's Thor.

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  • Web Copy
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