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An episode about some films and TV LARP has appeared in and the effects on our hobby. Also, another side rant by Mickey at the end.


-Mickey and Bill

Link mentioned in the show: http://rollespilsakademiet.dk/kpbooks/

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  • Zoe


    Apparently Knights of Badassdom comes out Spring 2012.

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:03 am
  • SoMN Larp

    There is a short youtube bit that a newspaper reporter put together to go with her article a couple years back, this was our first year of running, so don’t be too harsh :-p.


    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Patrick D

    Mickey and Bill,

    Do you think that there is a specific direction that a documentary needs to be filmed from to make LARPing look ‘good’? Does it need to include a certain degree of humor, not in a mocking sense, but simply acknowledging that yes we’re larpers and we’re doing this because it’s fun, not because we think we’re really elves. Or does each LARP need such a big explanation of rules and story that it becomes hard to make people understand it without them being there?

    Also, for another look at LARP in the media… There was a show in the UK called Tough Gig, where various comedians did atypical gigs for atypical audiences. Dara O’Briain did one for a Local LARP, from what I can tell, probably the size of a NERO Chapter, not one of the giant ones. It’s posted on Youtube, and it’s pretty good, I think mostly because Dara is a self professed geek, so while LARPing isn’t his thing, I think he got why people liked it. Here’s the link to the first part of it (it’s divided up into three parts).



    Dec 19, 2011 at 8:48 am
  • Noah


    “And then there’s Fern… let’s just say… you don’t want to know Fern.”

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm
  • Ryan

    I watched “Monster Camp” after NPCing my first Alliance event and I completely agree, had I seen that prior I would not have looked at Alliance favorably. It really did highlight a steryotypical larper. Darkon I thought was better put together and really gave you a look at the RL/IG aspect of everything. I also ‘wish’ my chapter had the budget to build a wooden wall, and simply burn it on a whim! (how could they destroy that?!)

    From mentioning “The Wild Hunt” I went and checked it out last night. It was surprisingly good. It’s definitely a movie where you have to have knowledge of a larp and have witnessed OOG moments IG and such. The story was well made, it was hilarious at times and the last 30 minutes were just mesmorizing. Definitely a good film with a horror/drama aspect of it.

    Dec 23, 2011 at 8:51 am
  • Tiger Shady

    In regards to the Darkon wall: I watched the DVD with commentary and it was the film producers that paid for the wall. The farm they play at said they could build it but they didn’t want it lying around, so they disposed of it.

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:16 am
  • brian

    I found Drakmar: A Vassals Journey a very entertaining and heartfelt documentary with larping playing a major role in a teenage boys life. The wife/girlfriend might actually like this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7V1x_fk_XM

    The gameshow Knightmare might fit into a larpish category and was very popular in the UK 20 years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11U20DApGA4

    Unicorn City - havent seen it but features Larping prominently.

    Existenz - more of a ‘gamer’ movie but borderline larping on a computer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAdbdUt_h9M

    Westworld - one of the first Larping movies? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVWP8fP5To

    Dec 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  • Luke

    Hey guys, Just wanted to add another tidbit about the casting for the “reality” LARP show. I spent a lot of time and emails back and forth with the woman who is searching for groups for this show. They do want particular “character” archetypes and want the players to play those archetypes for multiple different styles of LARPs.

    After fully understanding what they’re looking for, both in a audition video package and the group set-up, it is VERY apparent that they do not have a LARP “consultant” on their staff or in any way involved in the project. I am certain they really don’t fully understand the dynamics of a LARP.

    LARPers understand that in playing different games, the whole point is to create a unique character for each one. They’re looking for a group where the player who plays “Rygar the warrior hero” will recreate that character at every different LARP he goes to. Though most of us understand this isn’t the point of playing various LARPs, sadly I know there will be a group that signs up for this and we are in for a reality show version of Monster Camp.

    As a side note, I discussed Monster Camp in detail with the casting agent and she hadn’t seen it but she has been meaning to. I warned her that it is wholly not embraced by the LARP community. Let’s hope for the best, though I’m certainly expecting the worse!


    Dec 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm
  • Thax

    Another film you might have missed is Ubergoobers (http://ubergoobermovie.com/), released in June ,2004. It covers gaming more generally, and has interviews with the very embittered Gary Gygax. It also covers larp toward the end of the film, following a bunch of boffer fighting/RPing kids including myself. The director, Steve Metze, is a gamer himself, and did a great job portraying us positively when he could have torn us down. I think its a film worth more attention than its had. Check it out.

    Jan 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm
  • Lars

    The “Monster Camp” drinking game could simply be “Drink every time you see Fern twirl his sword like an ‘elite NPC’” and you’d be dead of alcohol poisoning before you were done

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm