Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SCD Recommends :: Darkon

There are few genres of film that I enjoy more than the documentary. Especially documentaries that document mega-nerd subcultures (see American Movie: The Making of Northwestern, and King of Kong). Right there sandwiched in between those two epics docs is the greatness of Darkon. Darkon follows a giant kingdom of LARPers in the Darkon Wargame Club in Maryland. LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing, which is essentially a dressed up, real life Dungeons and Dragons mixed in with some sword-play and combat.
Every Saturday some 2oo adult nerds gather to wage epic battles against each other in a giant struggle for imaginary land in an imaginary world. The battles basically look like a scene from Braveheart, but instead of warriors, the crowds are made up of fat nerds slapping each other with foam bats. It is a light-hearted doc that is a good time for everyone, even if your not interested in this sort of thing at all, it is hilarious and def. worth checking out. Here is the trailer.
I love how address each other - "Lord General Keldar, it has been your hipocracy that has been noose about the neck of the realm for so long!" Are they just making this stuff up on the fly or what? Either way it is pretty impressive. I am kinda interested in putting together a group of LARPing warriors, seems like it would be fun.


Blogger Everett said...

I watched this last week on your recommendation...great movie. My favorite is Keldar in his office.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I love it in the middle of the movie when they film the Laconia guy's kid going nuts in his battle gear for 10 minutes. Ha!

3:20 PM  

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