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About this project

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We are producing a fictional web series that represents the way we interpret LARPing. This is a story about LARPers--by actual LARPers. We understand that this hobby is all about community and storytelling, and it is a game that teaches players to make friendships and think strategically in very high stress situations.

We don’t need to write a story about LARPers murdering each other or fighting magical beasts who have escaped into the real world to entertain people. We only have to write a story about what it’s really like to LARP.

That is why we have created this project. We are producing the first season of our web series, Basic Adventuring 101: Die Loudly or Die Permanently, and we want to produce it in a way that makes our fellow LARPers proud to be called LARPers.  

With your pledges, we can make this season extraordinary.

 How is this going to work?

The season will be about five episodes long (in addition to the already released Pilot episode) and will follow the story of Karen, a first-time LARPer. Through her eyes you will experience a taste of the role play, the fight scenes, the friendships, the laughter, and the unique way LARPers cross between fantasy and reality.  

While the Kickstarter campaign runs during May, we are hard at work on pre-production. We are gathering and making costumes, creating prosthetic monster masks, booking locations and building sets, gathering additional film equipment, and finalizing storyboards and our script.  

We will begin rehearsals and filming at the end of May in Columbus, Ohio, and plan to finish up filming by September. This means that post-production will start by the end of September. Post-production will mean editing the footage, color correction, adding special effects, and adding sound effects and music.  

Season 1 will be ready by early 2015. It will be released on our YouTube channel weekly starting on February 17, 2015 and will be free for the public. That means that everyone will get to enjoy our creation! However, every one of our backers will get to see episodes a week earlier than everyone else.

The story is told through the eyes of Karen, a new LARPer who is unsure how she is going to fit in when she joins her older sister's overly enthusiastic adventuring group. Reclusive Karen is thrown headfirst into the fantasy world of Mariador, a land where magic flows freely and conflicts are often resolved with the blade of a sword. Things seem to be going well until she mistakenly opens a mysterious treasure box, releasing an evil into the world that has been kept secret for aeons.

Working together with new friends, she’ll have to undo the damage she’s caused, learn the rules to the game, and avoid dying if at all possible. Like LARPing in general, it’s full of exciting action scenes. Swashbuckling adventurers. Heroes. Evil monsters. Terrifying apparitions. And – most importantly, some would say – bacon.

 

(From top left to right: Whitney Bland, Kat McConnell, Saker Alexander, Zach Knox, Nate Barton, Ryan Schultz, Brandon Grant, Brad Eick, AJ Nold. From bottom left to right: Tammy Meyer, Liz Stong, Kristin Brumley, Chloe Mlinarcik, Madison Macklin, Eric Kociecki. Not pictured: Maria & Rob DeHoff, Chris Andrus, Corey Hinshaw, Sarah Krause)

Basic Adventuring 101 is produced by Cake Golem Productions LLC, which was founded in 2013 by Kristin Brumley and specializes in online marketing strategies for the geek community.


                                
First, we should answer the burning question we know is on everybody’s mind: What is LARPing? Kristin Brumley answers this question in her bi-monthly vlog, Stay in Character on Larping.org.


LARPing stands for Live Action Role Playing. Players create characters and, unlike traditional table-top RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, assume the role of the character they have created. This involves everything from dressing up and creating props to fighting enemies and acting out the choices that this character would make. It’s a very dramatic gaming system, and one that lends itself well to the television medium.

Oftentimes when people think of LARPing, they think of either the now infamous “Lightning Bolt” video or a certain popular movie starring Peter Dinklage and that girl from Firefly. But LARPing is so much more than that!

The core of what makes LARPing special is the sense of community. People from a wide list of backgrounds come out and play a game together. There aren't many nerdy hobbies that have spending time outside and talking to others face-to-face as the driving force behind it! LARPing is a game where you have to work well with each other, make friendships, and think strategically in order to succeed. A lone adventurer won’t be able to defeat a rabid band of ogres, but the same adventurer with a trusted group of companions can bring down an entire kingdom.

Strong stories are essential to LARPing. People -- from the players and merchants to the staff and non-player characters -- work together to build larger stories out of their own in-game background and actions. This series will focus on the tale of a first-time LARPer, Karen.


In order to bring our whole vision to life we need money. We have done a lot of work on this project already, and a lot of the work is being done for free. The money it takes to create a film-quality pilot episode is a lot more than the money we are asking for in this campaign. What we are asking for is the bare minimum we will need to get this project done, but we are also putting additional money of our own into this production. This isn't our free ride--this is the boost we need. 

We already have completed scripts for the rest of the season, character designs, location scouting, many of our costumes and props, and most importantly, a great cast and crew ready to work and make a great product. With your pledges, we can pay for quality:

  • Costumes— One of the most important aspects of making a character in a LARP is the costume. More chainmail, leather armor, and period-appropriate clothing are all in store.
  • Props— From axes, swords, shields, and treasure chests, we need a lot of specialized props that many of us don’t exactly have lying around.
  • Makeup— This helps us look extra-beautiful-- or extra bloody, bruised, and beaten for the camera.
An example of the quality of makeup we used in the pilot episode. Wounds, old age, and elven tattoos!
An example of the quality of makeup we used in the pilot episode. Wounds, old age, and elven tattoos!
  • Sets— Believe it or not, we don’t own a castle where we can do our filming. This would help cover the cost of location rentals and set pieces we will need to build.
  • Special Effects— Magic isn't real, no matter how much we wish it was. We need to create magical effects on the computer in order to bring our LARPers' imaginations to life.
  • Music— Jesse Cale did a great job on our pilot's soundtrack, and we would like to bring him back to continue!

$10 Peasant's Package -- You will receive early access to each episode, as well as a digital download of season 1.

$10-$75 LARP Game Day or Weekend Voucher Packages -- Along with our other reward packages, you can have the addition of a Game Day or Weekend voucher to a LARP Game around the U.S.  Each package is different, but here are the following LARP packages available:

  • $10 - Kishar 1 Game Day voucher in Indianapolis, Indiana; Peasant's Package
  • $10 - Wanderlust1 Game Day voucher in Martinsville, Indiana; Peasant's Package
  • $25 - Kingdoms of Novitas 1 Free Full Event voucher in Cleveland, New York; Merchant's Package
  • $50 - We Are Roleplayers 1 Free Full Weekend voucher in Ohio/West Virginia; Knight's Package
  • $50 - Terres Rising 1 Free Full Event voucher in New England; Knight's Package
  • $50 - Realms of Adventure 1 Free Full Event in New Jersey; Knight's Package
  • $75 - C.A.S.T.L.E. 1 Game Day voucher in Cincinnati, Ohio; 3 Full-color books (Player's Rulebook, High Magic Compendium and the Culture Compendium); Baron's Package (a $95 value!)

Select any one of these from the rewards listed in the reward bar! Many of them are limited, so get yours before they run out!

$25 Merchant's Package-- You will receive a high-resolution digital download of Season 1, digital download of the soundtrack and access to exclusive extra content such as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.     

Choose ONE of the above 11x17 character posters!
Choose ONE of the above 11x17 character posters!

$50 Knight's Package -- You will receive all of the rewards from the Knight’s package, one (1) 11'' x 17'' poster of your choosing, and a physical copy of Season 1 on DVD. 

**ADD-ON** For every $10 added to your order receive another 11'' x 17'' poster. 

$75 Baron's Package -- You will receive all of the rewards from the Baron's Package, a mug with the Basic Adventuring 101 logo, and a sticker set. 

$100 Earl's Package -- You will receive all of the rewards from the Baron Package, as well as a t-shirt with the Basic Adventuring 101 logo, a 22’’ x 28’’ production poster signed by the entire cast and crew, and your DVD personally signed by the cast or crew member of your choice. 

$150 LARP Around the U.S. Package -- Along with an early-bird special Marquis' package, you also receive Game Days or Weekend vouchers to the following LARP Games around the U.S:

  • Kishar 1 Game Day voucher in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Wanderlust 1 Game Day voucher in Martinsville, Indiana
  • Kingdoms of Novitas 1 Free Full Event voucher in Cleveland, New York
  •  We Are Roleplayers 1 Free Full Weekend voucher in Ohio/West Virginia
  •  Terres Rising 1 Free Full Event voucher in New England
  •  Realms of Adventure 1 Free Full Event in New Jersey
  • C.A.S.T.L.E. 1 Game Day voucher in Cincinnati, Ohio; 3 Full-color books (Player's Rulebook, High Magic Compendium and the Culture Compendium)

$250 Marquis' Package -- You will receive all the rewards from the Earl’s Package, as well as a Basic Adventuring 101 Art Book featuring character sheets of the entire cast, original storyboards, photos, and artwork by the very talented Nancy McSwiney. Also, you will receive a digital download of Cake Golem Production's #throwback webseries, The Epic Battle Against Captain Pastey.

$500 Count's Package -- In addition to getting all the rewards from the Marquis' package, you will get a chance to feast with the cast and crew of Basic Adventuring 101. A full in-period feast will be provided. In addition to this lavish meal, you will receive: 

  •  An original watercolor portrait of you or a character of your choice by Kristin Brumley
  • The opportunity to write your own LARP character into Basic Adventuring 101’s lore with the help of our writer
  • Associate Producer credit

You are responsible for travel and any expenses to Columbus, Ohio on a date to be determined by the backers and our team. 

$750 Unicorn Package -- In addition to all of the rewards in the Count’s Package, you will receive a full website consultation and social media consultation for your LARP game (or other geek-related business) by Cake Golem Productions (a $1000 value). This consultation includes: 

  • Calculate your online metrics over five months 
  • Providing content marketing workshops that you and your staff can access 
  • Writing a detailed analysis of how your website and social media are being used and can be altered for the most effective results

 **Reserved for geek-related business/game owners** 

$850 Duke's Package -- We will run a custom LARP day for you and 9 of your friends. Costuming and weaponry can be provided. You will receive the rewards from the Count's Package, and your friends will each receive the rewards from the Knight's Package. 

You are responsible for travel and any expenses to the event. Location to be determined.

$1,500 King's Package -- In addition the all of the rewards in the Duke’s Package, you will have a chance to work with our fight choreographers and be filmed performing an epic fight scene. Practice your new skills by having your own walk-on death scene in one of our episodes! On top of these great rewards, you will also receive Co-Producer credit.

You are responsible for travel and any expenses to our filming set in Ohio, and to the fight choreography workshop and filming in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

$2500 Phoenix Package --  In addition to all of the rewards in the Unicorn Package, Cake Golem Productions will build and develop a new custom website and social media strategy for your LARP game (a $3000 value), including a 1:30 minute long TRAILER VIDEO that you can share with your new followers (a $1500 value). 

  • Calculate your online metrics over 1 year 
  • Personal marketing training for your key staff members 
  • Oversight of content development and implementation of a full social media strategy and schedule 
  • Redesign and construction of your website for you 
  • A 1:30 minute video trailer 

In addition, you will be a Producer in the credits and will be invited to the official screening event with our cast and crew. 

**Reserved for geek-related business/game owners** 

$10,000 Dragon Package -- In addition to all the rewards in the Phoenix Package, your LARP will be the new system and official sponsor for Basic Adventuring 101. Our story will “take place” at your LARP, and if the filming schedule and distance allows we will actually feature scenes filmed at your LARP. In addition, you will be a VIP member of our crew as an Executive Producer and will be invited to every cast and crew event (Travel not included; lodging available).  

**Reserved for geek-related business/game owners** 

Risks and challenges

Money: Creating a full production by paying out of pocket is very hard, but thankfully we have some extra money set aside to subsidize the project and what we raise through Kickstarter. We expect there are going to be some unknown expenses, but we are prepared to swallow extra costs and still produce a quality product. We are confident that in the end, this is going to be a pilot that is going to leave you asking for the rest of the season.

Film Schedule: We will be shooting Season 1 on a very tight filming schedule, as we have a limited number of weekends during the summer that we will be able to coordinate everyone’s schedules. Our actors and crew are agreeing to give up many of their weekends, and to minimize potential film disruptions we are looking to create a temporary indoor studio for much of the filming. In addition to this, we are planning extra film days in the case of bad weather for our outdoor shoots.

Outsourcing: The editing process of any video production can be extremely lengthy and detailed. We are looking to outsource a lot of this work to professional post-production editors in order to produce the pilot in a timely fashion and in a way that the finished product is completely polished.

Conclusion: Our team is filled with many video production veterans who understand the amount of work and effort required to make a fantastic video. We do not have any delusions going into this project as to its difficulty, and we are prepared to take on the challenges--because we believe in the importance of this project.

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