Darkon: A Larping Documentary


My friend ::Wendy:: has many circles of friends, and several of them converged at the Elephant and Castle Pub in Seattle last week for her send-off party, resulting in a night-long game of Venn Diagram as you tried to work out which groups intersected how.

I got to meet in person some of ::Wendy::'s blogger friends, including Jennifer (aka "Piehole") and LaCroix (not her real name), the person who tipped me off to Yaktrax earlier this year. Jennifer in real life is pretty much exactly like her blog persona: boistrous and hilariously outrageous. LaCroix was a surprise: Although her writing appears methodical and subdued, in person, she's intensely energetic and charismatic. Once you start talking with her, you somehow just want to be her friend. It's no wonder that she has her own Cafeteria Boyfriends.

At some point during the evening, I mentioned the movie Darkon, a documentary on the Darkon Wargaming Club, a band of Live Action Role Playing aficionados, known perhaps pejoratively as larpers. We were all fascinated by the idea of the movie (Grady Hendrix of Slate calls it a "must-see"), but alas it doesn't appear to be showing in the Seattle area. We'll just have to wait for it to show up in the video rental stores.

Comments (13)
  1. Rob says:

    It’s on the small screen.  There are showings coming up Thursday and Friday on IFC.  Set your DVR.

  2. MS says:

    I’m a complete and utter nerd but I still find LARPing to be a bit too much.  I can probably recite some rules for DnD or random video games from memory at this point, so maybe I’m just as bad.

  3. John says:

    I would like to approach Raymond in real life and ask him a dumb question just to get verbally abused in person.

  4. Ari says:

    I’ve done WhiteWolf Larp a few times, great fun. Probably (no, most certainly) looks a bit dorky, but I don’t really care about that.

    That’s what makes nerds great, being able to have fun, knowing fully that to an onlooker you look like a total dork.

  5. nathan_works says:

    * People you know ?

    * Tips and hints on how to start your own LARP group ?

    * Ways to make silly anachronistic costumes ?

    * Mock the LARPers ?

    * WIPO ?

  6. Shipper says:

    Am I the only one that’s disappointed that Raymond and Wendy didn’t end up together? Strange really, I don’t actually know anything about either of them other than their blog posts, so I have no idea if this is a silly idea or not.

  7. Worf says:

    Alas, IFC Canada doesn’t show it… DVR or no DVR. My TiVo isn’t happy :-(

  8. ::Wendy:: says:

    shipper,  nobody mentioned that I could have dated Raymond,  I thought he was a software developer.

  9. William Furr says:

    I have larped before, and I wouldn’t consider "larper" to a pejorative term.

    @Ari:

    That’s the most fun part about Vampire: the Masquerade, playing in public places and trying to uphold the masquerade when there are regular folks around.

  10. beerfan says:

    re:elephant & Castle. Hey Raymond, hope you tried one of the rotating harvest ales. Someone tipped me off and I was there the next day, quite pleasantly surprised.

  11. lacroix says:

    Raymond!  That is hands down the sweetest thing anyone has ever written about me.  You are an absolute darling.  

    Had an excellent time on Friday chatting with you and Jennifer (and oh my god, I was introduced to so many people I can’t remember everyone’s name!), we really should grab a bunch of people and get together again.  A healthy dose of the giggles is good for whatever ails you!  

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