Skip Lipman, a suburban stay at home dad, embarks on an epic quest to topple a mighty empire in a full-contact Live Action Role Playing Game known as Darkon.



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Credited cast:
Skip Lipman ...
Himself / Bannor
Kenyon Wells ...
Himself / Keldar
Daniel McArthur ...
Himself / Trivius
Rebecca Thurmond ...
Herself / Nemesis
James Iddings ...
Himself / Saruk
Gary Black ...
Himself / Malkin
Domenic Prince ...
Himself / Arfex
Andrew Mattingly ...
Himself / Shapwin
Frank Kanach ...
Himself / Otto
Leah Kanach ...
Herself / Ilya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Wells ...
Himself - Kenyon's father
Nancy Lee Wells ...
Herself - Kenyon's mother


Darkon is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that follows the real-life adventures of the Darkon Wargaming Club in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers. The film was directed by Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer. Written by Wikipedia

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A bad documentary about a silly pastime.
14 September 2012 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I have actually known people who involve themselves in this brand of idiocy, and watching this movie was like having engage in a lengthy conversation with one (or more) of them again. These people, by and large, are 34+, make less than 10$'s an hour, make up history as they go along, and develop these strange delusions of grandeur based on the idea that *you* are "mundane" in all facets, and they are not.

They will refer to each other in public settings as "Knight", "Master", "Lord", or "King"... You know what, pardon me as I explain.

My first run in with this breed of individual outside of the ren-fair, was while I was kickboxing and had gotten involved with a weapons team. You could just enroll in the class, it was 40$'s a month, but it was a real deal "the guy that is teaching us has been training in these weapons for 30+ years" kind of class. We had a few members of the "SCA" (Society for Creative Anachronism) join up... Who also decided to show up in class as their "alters". They balls out fabricated huge sections of history, and claimed themselves scholars of the medieval period; they all regaled us with lengthy stories of their tribulations experienced becoming "Masters of the (insert weapon here)" and how the class was meant to refine their already terrible and deadly skills. They all were allegedly training with black belts of various exotic martial arts, they all were at least 90lbs overweight, and they were all underachievers with damaged egos. I left that class @ 17 with a sullied opinion of these "men", any one of which I could have beaten within an inch of his fat life despite their bardic tales of awesomeness. Later on in life I dated a girl who was into it, and I relayed my opinions of it all, she said "Oh that was just a bad experience". It wasn't, it was a normal experience. If there is one thing "Darkon" does really well, it's prevent this side of their "war games group" from bleeding through to the viewer.

This film documents how pathetic, and debased these people are. From a psychological perspective, it's nothing more than a lesson in how far someone will go to escape reality when their real lives are in dire need of attention, this is just as bad as alcoholism, it's just not as obvious or widespread. It's nothing more than World of Warcraft LARP'ed (Live Action Role Playing)out by people who exhibit the same kinds of personal and societal failings. These people aren't "gamers", this isn't something only a "gamer" can understand... These people are dressing up in cheap (read: 450$ V 2000$ breastplates) metal armor and hitting each other with foam rods at public parks and local school or community soccer/football/baseball parks. If you saw these people doing this you would at first wonder if it was some professional reenactment groups... When you found the truth out, you'd laugh, and not in a good way. Further, to hear one of these fat dudes prattle off with "It's sickening that even out here, there is still that real world mentality that makes people need to better than someone else... and it ruins it!" Or to hear one of these floppy chicks blather on about how "I used to be a stripper (i'm sure she made a killing) and now I live in my parents basement at 28, but you know, even though other people my age have houses or can support themselves, at least I've got some station to be proud of." It's mind boggling that anyone sat down and watched this and felt anything other than pity for the people involved. The main subject, even eventually tells the true story of why he was cut out of his fathers business after he passed, for hitting one of his other brothers in the face with a phone... Because that's what honorable men do when their feelings are hurt.

The only people who really make this "thing" interesting (Read: Fun to watch), are the Dark Elf players, who don't get nearly enough time. If this whole documentary had been about them, or really, just about "Darkon" itself, and not the people behind the characters, it might have been more entertaining and less ridiculous.

Bottom line: Watch this if you're curious, but don't let the idiocy of the fact that this is what these people really do with their lives escape you. These people aren't to be admired, they're to be viewed with curiosity and studied from a distance. If one these people was your kid, you wouldn't be "proud" of them, you'd be seeking the best psychotherapist you could afford.

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