Our Team

The Night In Question brings together a talented group of LARPers, writers and crafters from a diverse variety of backgrounds. They are all dedicated to running a fantastic jaw-dropping high-value event. They are just as dedicated to running a safe and ethical event with a positive and enriching culture, where everyone feels safe to go boldly into the darkness.

Jackalope Live Action Studios and all of our partners and staff are dedicated to using live action experiences in an ethical and constructive way. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at info@jackalope-larp.com at any time.

Organizing Team

Matthew Webb

Director and Creative Lead

Matthew Webb is a native of Austin, Texas. He has 17 years of experience managing, and running games; and is an internationally recognized voice for LARP and augmented reality. Professionally, he works with international military and government entities managing live training exercises, which feeds into his passion for live experiences and their potential for broadening the mental landscapes of others.

He has supported efforts surrounding Participation Design Agency’s bespoke Nordic LARPs for White Wolf, including Enlightenment in Blood; and is the lead designer behind the Larpweaver software suite. He has been a long-standing fan of the World of Darkness and horror LARPing – starting out with Cthulhu Live and moving into Vampire: The Masquerade as a member and later storyteller for the Camarilla Fan Club; as well as founding Sanguinus.org, the Internet’s longest running dedicated Vampire: The Masquerade IRC server, and playing World of Darkness tabletop regularly with his friends.

Matthew created the original concept for The Night In Question, bringing his passion for creating new LARP experiences and new ways of doing things to the American LARP scene.

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Steve Metze

Director and Outreach Lead

Steve Metze grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and after graduating from West Point, began contract writing for Hero Games while deployed to Desert Storm. With a MFA in film and video production, he has over 25 years of experience in military public affairs. During this time, he produced two feature length documentaries, including Über Goober, a film about gaming with a significant portion exploring LARPing with a segment focused specifically on Vampire: The Masquerade.

Steve is a veteran of running intensive, ambitious, multi-year tabletop campaigns, and when not playing he enjoys going back to the flavor texts of White Wolf’s library of source material. He has been an active member of the Austin LARP scene, and was an active early developer of the sci-fi LARP Planetfall, while writing and running his own independent, horror-based LARPs. He brings organization skills, leadership, and decades of experience in game design and execution to The Night in Question.

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Charlie Boas

Assistant Producer

Charlie has been a gamer since first playing D&D in the ’70’s. His checkered career includes long stints in live theater, renaissance festivals, and circuses across most of the lower 48 states.

In the theater world he has been tech director, stage manager, designer, rigger, carpenter, actor, and produced props and special effects. At the rennaisance festivals he has been a hawker and a game operator. While growing up on circuses he filled the roles of ringmaster/performance director, rigger, propman, performer, electrician, canvas hand, layout man, and various other logistical and support roles.

He is currently a cartographer/geospatial analyst based in Austin, TX.

Charlie’s goal is to bring his entertainment, logistical, and analytical experience to making sure the experience runs smoothly on the Night in Question.

Safety Team

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Stephanie Howsare

Organizer and Safety Lead

Stephanie Howsare lives in Austin, Texas but is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. A former nurse, she now runs her own small business making dicebags and other embroidered memorabilia for the gaming community. For twelve years she has run an online Vampire the Masquerade game. In the course of the game she has also introduced other elements drawn from Mage : The Ascension, Changeling: The Dreaming and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.

Stephanie brings with her an enthusiasm for the World of Darkness as it is her primary role-playing experience and detailed knowledge of the setting. Having run large, complex games over extended periods of time, she knows the issues and concerns regarding safety and organization that come up in these games.

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Anne Standiford

Safety Team Member

Anne Standiford is a registered nurse with many years of experience as a medic for festivals and LARPs. A former nursing professor, she’s published several articles on role-playing as an educational tool.

She’s an avid larper and enjoys costuming, crafting, reading, and playing with her pets. Her goal as a member of the Safety Team is to make sure every player is able to feel secure to express themselves in an environment that is safe, physically and mentally.

Creative Team

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Kevin Whiteside

Larpwright and Loremaster

Kevin Whiteside is a North Texan-turned-Austinite who’s been storytelling Vampire: The Masquerade LARPs for over seven years. His experience runs the gamut from the National Storytelling chain in the Mind’s Eye Society; to leading Austin’s Sabbat venue; to exploring the Final Nights of the Anarch Movement in a local troupe game.

Fired up by his experiences at The End of the Line during Grand Masquerade New Orleans, he’s also authored and run two unofficial bespoke games drawn from White Wolf’s Changeling: The Dreaming. He brings to The Night in Question a comprehensive understanding of game design and development, as well as a deep passion for the kind of stories White Wolf’s World of Darkness was created to tell.

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Rachel Wilkinson

Writer and Community Outreach

Rachel Wilkinson grew up in the Midwest but now calls Houston home. Coming from a background in educational publishing, Rachel has spent over fifteen years spinning hard facts and boring numbers into entertaining books, videos, and software products. She joined the Mind’s Eye Society LARP organization in 2005, acting as a Storyteller and Coordinator for dozens of World of Darkness venues, and has played key roles in numerous conventions and related events.

After participating in The End of the Line during Grand Masquerade 2016, she became a passionate advocate for incorporating Nordic-style guidelines into American play.

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Bek Yake

Content Writer

Bek Yake grew up in Baltimore but has since found a home in a college town in Mississippi. He was first introduced to tabletop gaming in middle school and found a connection with some of his family members that way. Years later, he was formally introduced to the World of Darkness as a college freshman and has been in love with it and the friends it’s brought him ever since.

Bek has two years experience writing and editing for his local newspaper and has written for enjoyment for many years longer than that. His other hobbies include costume design and sharing memes with his wife and friends.

Art Team

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Peyton Morris

Special Effects Director and Prop Master

Peyton Morris is a North Texas based artist with a passion for LARP and ambitious design projects. Beginning her career as a stagehand in 2005, she has since become an accomplished photographer, set designer, prop & costume creator. Since 2013, Peyton has been hired to handle photography, prop creation and prop handling for numerous LARPs around the country.

Her career in LARP began with Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and has found great inspiration in White Wolf games. She has also been an avid cosplayer since 2002, with a similar focus on horror-themed costumes. The Night in Question will provide her with a unique opportunity to create a powerful immersive setting, where players will feel as if they have fallen headlong into the World of Darkness

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Michelle Elbert

Make-Up Artist, Costume Nerd and Theater Expert

Michelle Elbert is known for her fondness of dressing weird and talking funny, as well as making props that make people go “Ew”, “Ooh!”, or both. She has a B.A. in Theater with a focus in design and served as a Wardrobe Intern at Concorde Studios on Black Scorpion The Series. Between 1995 and 2011 she participated at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire (among other ren faires) as a performer and customer.

She has spoken on costuming, cosplay, and prop building at Gallifrey One (Doctor Who Convention), Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs Edison (Steampunk Festival), Maker Faire Austin, and Nerd Night Austin. In 2014 she joined the Planetfall Sci-Fi LARP team as the props lead, and now co-runs the game with her partner as Adequately Excellent Entertainment LLC.

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Jack Weeks

Prop and Environment Artist

After a life of nomadic travel, Jack Weeks declared his new home in the Lone Star State. He now resides in Austin, where he earned degrees in blacksmithing and technical fabrication. He began his LARP journey in 2008 with writing and production of small parlor LARPs.

His passion for LARP continues to this day. Jack has worked in the LARP community, assisting in security policy creation and implementation for the first Living Games Conference and helping in the creation and shaping of the Dystopia Rising Arkansas Chapter under Ashley Bles. He has also written content, done photography, portrayed NPCs, created costuming, and built props for multiple LARPS, both big and small.

Jack’s focus in LARP has been and always will be to create a safer, more inclusive, more fun LARP space.