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Moreso than movies of any sort by non-gamers about role-playing gaming (e.g., the execrable Mazes and Monsters), Darkon explores the purposes, positive aspects, and benefits of the hobby and the motives people have for participating in it. While it also hints at the all-consuming effect RPGs can have on their participants, it is ultimately more of an apologia for the hobby than an examination of it.
From a technical point of view, Darkon is well filmed, excellently scored, and structurally sound. One thing it does not do, however, is explain what a LARP is. Naturally, this does not matter much as far as gamers are concerned, but the absence of such explanation severely limits the value this film could have had as a tool for telling the non-gaming world about something about which it has limited awareness and little understanding. It is also a little on the long side, with multiple, interchangeable battle scenes, some of which could have been cut in lieu of some interviews with some third parties who could have helped put LARPing and RPGing in context.
A product of its times, Darkon draws as much on the genre of reality television as it does on that of documentary, with asides to the camera by its various subjects that shed light on their motivations and relationships in and out of the game. Depending on whether one likes reality TV or not, this could be seen as either a benefit or a detriment.Read more ›
Darkon is a Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland. By this, I mean that it is a group of people who go away for the weekend to role-play with one another while dressing up in the traditional RPG medieval garb. The documentary goes over several in-game conflicts in great detail and features some closer looks at some relevant players, both in the game and outside of the game.Read more ›
I've always been interested in "nerd" culture. Primarily because I consider myself an honorary member of a few geeky fandom sub-cultures - The Avengers, Star Trek (a wee bit - due to my sister), Rocky Horror, The Prisoner, Renaissance Faires, slash fiction in general......you get the idea. In the past, documentaries I've seen about geeks seemed to lack a strong point of view - "Trekkies" and "Trekkies II" sent out the vague message that not all geeks are losers and that the Star Trek fandom spawned some successful tech-heads with futuristic ideas. Big deal. "Goth Cruise" proved to be even more formless. I couldn't figure out the point of it at all, except perhaps to show the world that Goths are just really nice people in weird outfits. Well, all righty then.
In brief, "Darkon" follows the leaders of two separate counties in the "kingdom" Darkon - an anachronistic fantasy realm that has its boundaries in modern day Baltimore. In addition to chronicling the events that lead up to the epic battle between the two counties, we are also given glimpses into the real lives of the two main players. Bannor of Laconia (Skip Lipman) is a short and paunchy stay-at-home Dad who, in his spare time, plots an uprising against the powerful Lord Keldar of Mordum (Kenyon Wells) a tall, blonde and successful IT Manager.Read more ›
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Honestly, I didn't know what LARPing was until I saw this documentary. Now, it's one of my favorite movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B Hopper
A marvelous and intimate glimpse of the elusive and misunderstood geekus fantasticus roleplayum!
I was so excited while watching this movie that the next morning my wife... Read more
An entertaining documentary in which the subjects tell their own story.Published 16 months ago by Zachary Katz-Stein
Perhaps the best LARP documentary of them all. Definitely goes well beyond the simple filming of a typical weekend or two of LARPing to the more personal dynamics, and people who... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews
this is a great documentary which allows the subjects, those who are deeply involved in the LARPing community, tell their stories in a sincere and captivating way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin Cline
This documentary will have you cheering, booing and ready to take up arms. I've never LARPed, but watching this gave me a respect for those that do. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ethan Ray Cox
I learned about Darkon from a Documentary club I contribute to. Then I learned people from Baltimore (my hometown) were involved and I watched it twice. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Christine Hunsicker
Great insight into LARPing for beginners and the medly of people who play the game, and why they do it. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Dani Bryant