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RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazedby the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
edited March 2008 in Social Entropy++
So, I watched Darkon last night.

And I was all

woah

these dudes is all hardcore about this shit

like

woah

you know?

like, I never thought I would see enough larpers get so hardcore about their larp gayness that it would almost look cool

but, I gotta admit, I was a little intrigued

like, when you're watching gay porn just all "ewwwwwww!" but you still get a half-mast because your bone is just all "look dude I know it's wrong but it looks like those dicks are having a good time, fuck you for judging me, okay" and you're just all "but dick, those are gays!"

like, yeah, okay these guys are giant fucking dorks, right? They're running around hitting each other with some damn duct tape and foam rubber swords. Black is slashing, white is piercing, red is fireball or some shit.

but, they got this whole bigass campaign going, and been going on for years. All kinds of politics and shit involved, and hundreds of players. And some of their armor and shit is pretty goddamn well crafted. And I'm thinking, "You know, this ain't so much different then what I do sitting around a table with some buddies, we just ain't running around a park with blackface on speaking gay-ass dark elf languages oh wait that's why it's different."

So, any of you dudes see this movie? Because it's a pretty fun movie. And also, I'm about 90% positive that one of the dudes in it could have been Pony.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    edited February 2008
    no man, pony only larps to hit on socially disabled women

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    I felt this way when I saw Lord of the Rings.

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    QuethalQuethal The Infrequent OaklandRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    no man, pony only larps to hit on socially disabled women

    Is there any other reason to larp?

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Yeah Nap and I saw this movie last year. I found it awkwardly amusing for the most part. Pretty good movie though.

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    mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    larp politics

    lol

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    IskanderIskander Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I LARPed for a while a couple years back. In Germany. They're pretty hardcore about LARPing here and it was hells of fun.

    Watching those Darkon clips on Youtube makes me cringe though.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    It's sad that the only 'sword masters' that we have today have never actually killed someone with a sword.

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    DynagripDynagrip Break me a million hearts HoustonRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    no man, pony only larps to hit on socially disabled women
    I guess I missed this story.

    I'm ok with that.

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    GABBO GABBO GABBOGABBO GABBO GABBO Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

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    Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    So, any of you dudes see this movie? Because it's a pretty fun movie. And also, I'm about 90% positive that one of the dudes in it could have been Pony.

    any chance you could get a screen cap?

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    mastman wrote: »
    larp politics

    lol

    lol all you want, they had some serious alliances and shit going back and forth in their whole campaign system. Some of the dudes took it way too seriously, but the fact that they had the landmass broken up into kingdoms with hexes available for conquering and shit was actually pretty rad, and the way they set up the treaty system and had mercenary armies like the dark elves for hire oh god what am I doing

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    larping is where I draw the damn line on my nerdiness

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    mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I hate how larpers spend so much time larping, but never ever spend a single second learning any sort of real martial arts so they could actually look authentic because they're so fucking lazy and out of shape. Instead their only training is from watching Darth Maul.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

    The funny part was, I was watching it and realized they were about 20 minutes away from where I live, and I should maybe watch in person or contact them or heck maybe even join, but then I realized how doing that is the first step to a long, lonely road. I mean, my life is poop enough, why I gotta add something like this on top?

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    HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    so is this something that's on the internet, or can i actually rent it somewhere?

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword. Had they caught me at, like, 15 or so, though, who knows where I'd be.

    and fuck furries, those dudes is just pervs.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    mastman wrote: »
    larp politics

    lol

    lol all you want, they had some serious alliances and shit going back and forth in their whole campaign system. Some of the dudes took it way too seriously, but the fact that they had the landmass broken up into kingdoms with hexes available for conquering and shit was actually pretty rad, and the way they set up the treaty system and had mercenary armies like the dark elves for hire oh god what am I doing

    put on your robe, rank

    and wizard hat

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

    The funny part was, I was watching it and realized they were about 20 minutes away from where I live, and I should maybe watch in person or contact them or heck maybe even join, but then I realized how doing that is the first step to a long, lonely road. I mean, my life is poop enough, why I gotta add something like this on top?

    I know. The whole time I was watching it I was all "oh shit, this is in baltimore? I'll bet Callius is in here somewhere."

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    Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword.

    What if it was just for the point of hitting other dudes with a foam sword?

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    HorseshoeHorseshoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword. Had they caught me at, like, 15 or so, though, who knows where I'd be.

    probably be touring with a rennaissance fair.

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    M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I've never larped, though I know this really hot chick that does.

    Well I don't know if she does it anymore.

    I guess i'll check this movie out later since i've never seen it.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword.

    What if it was just for the point of hitting other dudes with a foam sword?

    fuck, man, I can do that at any old mall I want, I ain't needing a backstory for that shit. Just an alibi.

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    IskanderIskander Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

    The funny part was, I was watching it and realized they were about 20 minutes away from where I live, and I should maybe watch in person or contact them or heck maybe even join, but then I realized how doing that is the first step to a long, lonely road. I mean, my life is poop enough, why I gotta add something like this on top?

    I fail to see how if you're having fun doing something, you can at the same time consider it shit.

    Of all the nerdy things one can play, LARP is perhaps the most social. You will have people taking their shit too seriously anywhere else, be it an MMO, Tabletop, or even plain football. The trick in any of these activiies is to interact with these people as little as possible.

    If you enjoy a perfectly harmless activity, I see no reason to quit enjoying it on the grounds that it is not as socially acceptable as say, throwing a football around.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    I was going to LARP with some Germans once. Bought a sword and everything. But then I fell horribly ill and slipped in and out of consciousness for about three or four days and missed the big LARP in the forest. Thankfully.

    It's one of those things that seems so appealing on one level but which you'd never actually go through with. Like living on an island Swiss Family Robinson style. Only some people do go through with it.

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    mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you find some larpers near you, you show up with real weapons, and larp-enslave them all and work them to death. They'll play along because they're really into it, then when they realize they're about to actually die, it's too late.

    also, anything having to do with larpers must be prefixed by "larp-" because it's not real, but instead much much lamer. Just like things on the intarwebs is prefixed by "e-"

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    Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword.

    What if it was just for the point of hitting other dudes with a foam sword?

    fuck, man, I can do that at any old mall I want, I ain't needing a backstory for that shit. Just an alibi.

    no I mean like,

    A bunch of dudes get together in some field or valley, split sides, and just run at the other team, hitting and bashing until there's only one side (or one man) left? No story. no bullshit. just being foam rubber bad asses.

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    Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    mastman wrote: »
    also, anything having to do with larpers must be prefixed by "larp-" because it's not real, but instead much much lamer. Just like things on the intarwebs is prefixed by "e-"
    Larpsex?

    It's not real...


    LarpRape?


    It's not real...

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    mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    , and just run at the other team, hitting and bashing until there's only one side (or one man) left? No story. no bullshit. just being foam rubber bad asses.

    No.. If they beat on each other with foam rubber weapons and actually start going down, there are no badasses.

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    PhonehandPhonehand Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    just go paintballing you fags

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    mastman wrote: »
    also, anything having to do with larpers must be prefixed by "larp-" because it's not real, but instead much much lamer. Just like things on the intarwebs is prefixed by "e-"
    Larpsex?

    It's not real...


    LarpRape?


    It's not real...

    Larppregnancy

    It's not real...

    Larpabortion


    It's the pseudo-name for a larper.

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    IskanderIskander Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Phonehand wrote: »
    just go paintballing you fags

    Paintballing is just LARPing in a modern-day scenario.

    There, ruined it for you.

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    mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I would argue a larppregnancy is not real. That baby is going to be fucked up. He'll grow up thinking everyone walks around in armor and robes all day and his head will explode when he finds out about the real world.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Iskander wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

    The funny part was, I was watching it and realized they were about 20 minutes away from where I live, and I should maybe watch in person or contact them or heck maybe even join, but then I realized how doing that is the first step to a long, lonely road. I mean, my life is poop enough, why I gotta add something like this on top?

    I fail to see how if you're having fun doing something, you can at the same time consider it shit.

    Of all the nerdy things one can play, LARP is perhaps the most social. You will have people taking their shit too seriously anywhere else, be it an MMO, Tabletop, or even plain football. The trick in any of these activiies is to interact with these people as little as possible.

    If you enjoy a perfectly harmless activity, I see no reason to quit enjoying it on the grounds that it is not as socially acceptable as say, throwing a football around.
    overeating and being a fat, lazy slob can be fun at first but has a lot of negative repercussions on your health
    I hear doing cocaine is pretty rad, at first

    having seen this movie, and having briefly LARPed in my early 20s, most of these people are almost cripplingly awkward in normal social situations and something like this shit just lets them descend deeper into their fantasies where they're actually someone more important
    except at the end of the day, they're not
    so yeah, I'd say LARPing is pretty shitty even if you can enjoy aspects of it because being able to socialize normally and healthily with a range of people is a pretty good thing for a wide range of reasons

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    mastman wrote: »
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    , and just run at the other team, hitting and bashing until there's only one side (or one man) left? No story. no bullshit. just being foam rubber bad asses.

    No.. If they beat on each other with foam rubber weapons and actually start going down, there are no badasses.
    this

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Iskander wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    I saw it on IFC some time back. It is pretty decent, but I still want no part of that world.

    Yeah, I know, right? Like, the whole time I'm sitting there I'm just all "goddamn these dudes is dorks" but then again I'm also sitting here going "how can I incorporate their campaign system into a D&D game?" and then I realize "oh goddamn it"

    The funny part was, I was watching it and realized they were about 20 minutes away from where I live, and I should maybe watch in person or contact them or heck maybe even join, but then I realized how doing that is the first step to a long, lonely road. I mean, my life is poop enough, why I gotta add something like this on top?

    I fail to see how if you're having fun doing something, you can at the same time consider it shit.

    Of all the nerdy things one can play, LARP is perhaps the most social. You will have people taking their shit too seriously anywhere else, be it an MMO, Tabletop, or even plain football. The trick in any of these activiies is to interact with these people as little as possible.

    If you enjoy a perfectly harmless activity, I see no reason to quit enjoying it on the grounds that it is not as socially acceptable as say, throwing a football around.

    Well, thats a good point, but like you said, LARPing is mostly a social thing, and not just about whacking dudes into oblivion (which is what I would be into if I ever did this stuff). Avoiding interaction with the Larpers who take it too seriously while Larping would probably be damn near impossible, because I'm just guessing that those would be the majority of them. Doing the larp thang with one of those groups who takes it seriously would be not fun, but the basic idea of pretend fights and the gameplay aspect and all that stuff is potentially fun for me.

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    Metal Gear Solid 2 DemoMetal Gear Solid 2 Demo Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword.

    What if it was just for the point of hitting other dudes with a foam sword?

    fuck, man, I can do that at any old mall I want, I ain't needing a backstory for that shit. Just an alibi.

    no I mean like,

    A bunch of dudes get together in some field or valley, split sides, and just run at the other team, hitting and bashing until there's only one side (or one man) left? No story. no bullshit. just being foam rubber bad asses.

    I think you're looking for the UC Davis Epic Quad Battles

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf3tg2D65ZQ&feature=related

    which, while skimming through the various videos, seems like the best event you could hold on a university campus

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    Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    Caulk Bite wrote: »
    This just in: Rank is a closet larper.


    Next up: Also a furry.

    nah dogg, I'm just an old tabletop gamer that saw a lot of shit he recognized in the movie. It would take a lot more to get me out there running around in plate armor hitting a dude with a foam sword.

    What if it was just for the point of hitting other dudes with a foam sword?

    fuck, man, I can do that at any old mall I want, I ain't needing a backstory for that shit. Just an alibi.

    no I mean like,

    A bunch of dudes get together in some field or valley, split sides, and just run at the other team, hitting and bashing until there's only one side (or one man) left? No story. no bullshit. just being foam rubber bad asses.

    I think you're looking for the UC Davis Epic Quad Battles

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf3tg2D65ZQ&feature=related

    wait, that's foam rubber? shit, what was I thinking of

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited February 2008
    see, quite honestly, the reason I dug the movie was because I'm a gaming enthusiast. I am intrigued by new game mechanics, by different ways to look at a game, by new mechanics to introduce to existing games. These guys had a few, like their landmass system and their method of "nationhood". Plus the fact that they were able to amass so many likeminded players on a regular basis - as a dude who loves himself some games, I know full well how hard that can be.

    I took away from this movie not the idea that "oh hey putting on some blackface and speaking dork language would be awesome!" but ideas like "okay if you were to take that landmass campaign system and incorporate it into a tabletop game, even one like warhammer, you'd need at least five players to make it work, but you could set up a system of bonuses such as resources and artifacts found through exploration or taken through conquest. You could even allow new players to come in as independent armies who could take small plots of land and then form alliances with nations..." and on and on and on.

    Because I'm one of those kinds of dorks.

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