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Frequently Asked Questions
(updated 05/10/2006)

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Question: Can Theatre Style LARPS submit entries for year 2006 LARP Awards?
Question: Where can I get a Disposable Video Camera?
Question: Who is producing the Live Action Role Playing Awards (LARPIES)?
Question:
What exactly is NERO International's responsibility?
Question:
When are submissions being accepted?
Question:
What are the Categories for the LARP Awards?
Question: Will the LARP Award show be broadcast on TV?
Question:
Will the LARP Awards be held each year?
Question:
Will there be a LARP Awards for 2006 in 2007?
Question: Will NERO International utilize non-NERO personnel to help with the judging process?
Question: Does my submission have to be from the year 2005, or can i submit something that I have previous to that?
Question: Will any LARP organizations from European Countries submit an entry?

Question: We Operate a Haunted House Company, can we enter our Sets and Costumes and Monsters?
QUESTION: UCLA Enigma members have run close to 100 live games in its history, and almost every one is different
QUESTION: Has anyone else from UCLA Enigma contacted you? (Or mentioned Enigma?) I don't want to repeat any work they are doing.
QUESTION: What About Props?
QUESTION: Should we put everything in one package (say, on one DVD), or each entry is separate? 
QUESTION: Do you take submissions from old games (is there a cutoff date? Our first game was in 1988)?
QUESTION: Do you take submissions from non-fantasy LARPs? (our best games were not fantasy-oriented)
QUESTION: Do you take submissions from a LARP based on an existing property? (say, a Star Trek LARP, or a Star Wars LARP
QUESTION: Can we submit group photos or costumes from one game, or do we have to single out individuals?
QUESTION: Do you encourage contestants to video tape there entry in slower than normal motion?

Question: Why Did We Change From Shrine to Avalon Hollywood  for the April 2006 Award Show?

Question: Who is producing the Live Action Role Playing Awards (LARPIES)?
Answer:
The LARPY Awards are being produced by Joseph Valenti, David Ballard, John Ryan Jr., and Mitch Meconi. NERO International has agreed to support the entire LARP industry in this endeavor by inviting all LARP Companies and Groups to support submissions by their player base. NERO International has these responsibilities. The TV production company has agreed to produce the award show in Los Angeles CA, and the promoter is promoting the show.

Question: What exactly is NERO International's responsibility?
Answer:
NERO International is responsible for attracting all of the LARP associations in the world LARP Groups to support the LARP Awards, act as the liaison between all the LARP associations and our production partners, support the businesses and products of the LARP Award sponsors, maintaining the http://www.larpyawards.com web site, and coordinate the submission and judging process for entries submitted by candidates.

Question: When are submissions being accepted?
Answer: F
or 2011 and years thereafter, we shall accept submissions from May 15th to January 15th of the following year. Currently we do not want to accept submissions for the current year until after we have produced the previous years show though this may change in years ahead. For 2005, we accepted submissions between September 01, 2005 and April 07, 2006. 

Question: What are the Categories for the LARP Awards?
Answer:
In 2006 we will add several new categories. See Here!

Question: When will new categories be added?
Answer: We will add just about any category provided it is appropriate to LARP and/or Cosplay. However, we must receive a minimum of 10 Entries for the new category to be included in the years award show.

Question: Will the LARP Award show be broadcast on TV?
Answer:
   Our production partner is currently negotiating the broadcast rights, so at present we’re not sure if the LARPies will be televised this year.  But if they’re not broadcast this year, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure it happens next year!  That said, the event will always be videotaped by professional camera crews, and a DVD will always be produced for subsequent sale on the www.NEROLARP.com and www.LARPYAWARDS.com websites.

Question: Will the LARP Awards be held each year?
Answer:
Yes. Submissions will be accepted each year from May 1st until December 31st each year beginning 2006. Since this is the first year of the LARPies, it has taken a while for us to “ramp up,” which is why the submission period is a little shorter this year.

Question: Will NERO International utilize non-NERO personnel to help with the judging process?
Answer:
Yes, NERO International will utilize non-NERO persons to make judging decisions. If you are interested in being one of those individuals, and own a LARP Business, e-mail Joseph Valenti at Jvalenti@nerolarp.com

Question: Will there be a LARP Awards for 2006 in 2007?
Answer:
Yes, the LARP Awards will run every year from now on, and will always be open to all LARP businesses and organizations.

Question: Does my submission have to be from 2006, or can i submit something that I have previous to that?
Answer: While we prefer to have submissions that are year 2006 created, we will accept non-2006 submissions again this year.

Question: Will any LARP associations from outside America (Canada or Europe) submit an entry?
Answer: Yes. We have already been contacted by at least 2, if no 3, non-American LARP associations that will be submitting entries.

Question: We Operate a Haunted House Company, can we enter our Sets and Costumes and Monsters?
Answer:
If you operate some sort of Live Action Role Play game, or operate Live Adventures, then we encourage you to submit your sets and costumes and monster videos and photo's. I would think that currently a Haunted House Show is not a LARP and does not operate Live Adventures but we are willing to help you develop your Interactive Tavern and/or LARP Play area as an affiliate of the Live Adventures Company using Puzzles, Riddles, Mysteries and sometimes even Boffer sword combat.

QUESTION: UCLA Enigma members have run close to 100 live games in its history, and almost every one is different (different genre, mechanics, GM, players, setting, costumes, tone, etc.). I would like to enter some of our best games into the LARPies, but am a little unsure of the best way to do that. Should we send you a video clip? Still photos? Text explanation?  Props?
ANSWER:
It says on the http://www.larpyawards.com frontpage - "To be considered, please send a VHS videotape, DVD, CD-Rom, and/or Still Photo of you and/or your group in action... ". Taking that into consideration, I would say that Video is the best type of entry (Either on VHS, DVD, or CD-rom, e-mail/ftp-upload (coming soon)), Still Photo's are absolutely fine and we encourage you to send more than just one of the person who is being submitted. Now, with each submission, there should be some sort of written Text Explanation to go along with it, so that we can have some knowledge of the scenario should your pictures be chosen to be the ones show at the award show.

QUESTION: Has anyone else from UCLA Enigma contacted you? (Or mentioned Enigma?) I don't want to repeat any work they are doing.
ANSWER: From UCLA Enigma, we have only thus far been contacted by Aaron Vanek. Enigma is UCLA's 20 year old science fiction, fantasy, horror and gaming fan club.

QUESTION: What About Props?
ANSWER: Provide a video of it in use (if applicable), or one or more still photo's of it in use or different angles, and be sure to provide a text explanation of what it is, how it is made, and other good info surrounding its use (like a summary of the storyline it was used in).

QUESTION: Should we put everything in one package (say, on one DVD), or each entry is separate? 
ANSWER:
It is ok to place multiple video clips, one for each entrant. It is also ok to place multiple entrants on one video. Be sure to include the text explanation of whom and what you are submitting to gain maximum opportunity to be chosen by the judges.

QUESTION: Do you take submissions from old games (is there a cutoff date? Our first game was in 1988)?
ANSWER: We will accept submissions from old games for the first few awards shows as more and more LARP organizations become aware of the award show. I would say that all old games are ok to submit things. We expect the 2nd year and beyond to grow considerably in size and participation from the community and industry.

QUESTION: Does my submission have to be from the year 2005, or can I submit something that I have previous to that?
ANSWER: While we prefer to have submissions that are year 2005 created, we will accept non-2005submission this year, since we just opened the awards show up to all the LARPS and have given only 5 short months to submit entries.

QUESTION: Do you take submissions from non-fantasy LARPs? (our best games were not fantasy-oriented)
ANSWER: Yes we do. Any type of LARP is OK. I spoke with many different Genres’ including Star Wars LARP groups; though not all of them I am sure, about this effort. We want all of the LARP Groups out there to submit entries.

QUESTION: Do you take submissions from a LARP based on an existing property? (say, a Star Trek LARP, or a Star Wars LARP, or our Spirited Away LARP)
ANSWER: Yes we do. We want submissions from these types of groups too. Any type of LARP is OK.

QUESTION: Can we submit group photos or costumes from one game, or do we have to single out individuals?
ANSWER: Yes, You can do just about anything you want/can to get your submissions in, and we will accept them. You do not have to single out individuals in your video's, or still photo's, though it would probably be best to do so if you could. Remember to include a nice and detailed Text Explanation of who we are looking for, what they are wearing, and the scenario by which the shot is being taken.

Question: Do you encourage contestants to video tape there entry in slower than normal motion?
Answer: We do encourage contestants to submit video footage from the LARP and specific footage filmed for the LARPY Awards. Video footage always looks a little better when the actors are moving at a good slow speed to allow the camera to get it on tape very nicely. Often, it is best to recreate the scene and choreograph it a bit for the video so that it looks real cool. We know that your trying to show us the cool sequence so its ok to slow it down a bit. There is no need to go in super slow motion though.

Question: Where can I get a Disposable Video Camera?
Answer: Most CVS Pharmacy Stores have disposable Video Cameras. If you need help getting them processed, feel fre to send them to us at the Office and we will process them.

Question: Can Theatre Style LARPS submit entries for year 2006/2007 LARP Awards?
Answer: Yes. In fact, we expect many entries from Theatre Style LARPS in 2006.

Question: Why Did We Change From Shrine to Avalon Hollywood for the April 2006 Award Show?
Answer:
We moved from the Shrine Auditorium to the Avalon Hollywood Theatre because, after some discussion, we agreed that we hadn’t received as many submissions as we wanted, and that there weren’t enough to warrant using such a large theatre as the Shrine Auditorium.

We had an agreement in place with the Shrine Auditorium that allowed us until the end of March to decide which facility we would use, and we notified them a few days ago that we were going to use one of the other facilities.

We had looked at a few other very respectable theatres and shopped around for the best deal we could find.The decision was not easy, but we decided upon Avalon Hollywood, which has everything that we need to produce an exciting LARP Award Show.


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