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.



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

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.

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.

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.”.

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.

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="*vPTaZIjbe58-8MUz2fC7MA.jpeg"> Working woman. Image source: Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with asking to be paid for my work.

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.

How I Got This Job: LARP Designer

Once I was finished with emails answering questions about the design of our spaceship, I heard distant musket fire. Another idea was calling out the war in me—the war all creative types face. Do I spend my life working tirelessly to build someone else’s dream, or do I fully dedicate myself to my own?
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Episode #49: Amazing Art in Games

In this episode, Cathy & Sarah talk about Amazing Art in Games and Cathy talks with Tara Clapper from The Geek Initiative about her online Live Action Role Playing Game called Chariot LARP. Cathy and Sarah share what they have been playing lately. The links in the game names go to that game’s listing on BoardGame,, or

The Ultimate Marketing Guide for Authors (Special Sci-Fi & Fantasy Focus)

Many indie authors identify marketing as their biggest challenge, especially in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. When you’re creative, it’s difficult to keep writing while you have the responsibility of marketing – especially if you’ve got a full-time job, a family, or other obligations that take time in your day.

Why Did (Only) Half of My Business Succeed?

I've learned more about business in the last three months than I have in my entire life. Following a layoff from a work-at-home content agency role in the summer of 2017, I implemented my next move immediately. It meant a string of eighteen hour days, but it also meant having autonomy and growing my own business. What I learned was unexpected: the part of the business that I thought would be tough to grow has potential for growth and profit. The part that had carried me through lean times in the past just fell flat. Here's what happened.
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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,, Hello Giggles,, 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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