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Darkon (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Fantasy | 11 March 2006 (USA)
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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Luke Meyer, Andrew Neel
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Credited cast:
Skip Lipman ... Himself / Bannor
Kenyon Wells Kenyon Wells ... Himself / Keldar
Daniel McArthur Daniel McArthur ... Himself / Trivius
Rebecca Thurmond Rebecca Thurmond ... Herself / Nemesis
James Iddings James Iddings ... Himself / Saruk
Gary Black Gary Black ... Himself / Malkin
Domenic Prince Domenic Prince ... Himself / Arfex
Andrew Mattingly Andrew Mattingly ... Himself / Shapwin
Frank Kanach Frank Kanach ... Himself / Otto
Leah Kanach Leah Kanach ... Herself / Ilya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teasa Glenn Teasa Glenn ... Herself
Michael Wells Michael Wells ... Himself - Kenyon's father
Nancy Lee Wells Nancy Lee Wells ... Herself - Kenyon's mother
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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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Everybody Wants To Be a Hero


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11 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Skip Lipman: Everybody wants to be a hero, and in everyday life, most of the time you don't get to be the hero.
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Not a great film
10 January 2008 | by k_arent_leeSee all my reviews

The subject is certainly compelling: a group of people take their love of gaming one step further by creating a fake medieval world full of warriors, kings, princes and castles. Wargaming is an interesting phenomena that delves into our collective need to "escape" from reality and the sometimes mundaneness of our existence -- something almost everyone can relate to. The characters are the predictable mix of Lord of the Rings nerds and Star Trek enthusiasts. That's enough to get most people to watch. However, very quickly the film turns into an insider's view of wargaming with an almost stereotypical thumbing of the nose to viewers who "don't get it". The filmmakers seem to take the subject of wargaming, and this particular one, waaaaay too seriously rather than once in awhile recognizing the humor and fun in making a film about adults drssing up in medieval gear and pounding each other with foam swords. It's pretty hard for anyone who doesn't sit on their computer for 7-10 hours a day playing games or desiging the latest star destroyer to understand what the characters are talking about and why we should even care. However, the filmmakers themselves seem not to care choosing to focus solely on the subject of the game itself rather than building a strong narrative with a clear story that anyone can understand. Moreover, the characters themselves are not that compelling and you quickly become bored of them: a big no-no when you're trying to keep people's attention for 90 minutes.


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