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L.A.R.P. Live Avatar Role Playing

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

Portrait of The Na’vi People of Hometree Wisconsin

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The Wild Hunt – When Viking LARP goes wrong

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

In a dark forest, an ancient European ritual is about to take place. A battle is brewing between the power-hungry Celts, the rampaging Vikings, the secretive wood elves and the mysterious shaman Murtagh (Trevor Hayes). The night has finally come for Murtagh to unleash his latest fiendish scheme. But in the heat of battle, the worst happens: one of his men is hit five times and the referee rules him dead – he’s out of the game until he can regenerate. Even worse, someone breaks character, the most egregious transgression possible in this elaborate game of dress-up.

Clever and intense, The Wild Hunt is set in the fantasy-reality of a large role-playing game. The film’s story mirrors that of the legend behind the game: Erik (Ricky Mabe) goes looking for his girlfriend, Evelyn (Tiio Horn), who has left him for the game. He will need the help of his brother Bjorn (Mark A. Krupa), who happens to be the Viking leader and owner of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. (Erik has been storing the weapon on a shelf at his place.) Erik’s entry into the game angers the dedicated players when he refuses to role play, setting fantasy and reality on a collision course on the night of the wild hunt’s re-enactment.

The Wild Hunt is the first feature from Alexandre Franchi, and it smacks of geek authenticity, thanks to its setting in the pseudo-medieval village of Duché de Bicolline, a role-playing venue near Shawinigan, Quebec. Many actual players serve as background actors. The film disguises itself well, rapidly changing tone and crafting an unnerving atmosphere that keeps you on edge. The superb cast lends necessary naturalism and humour while acting like people acting. Capturing the culture of costume play and the potentially dangerous intersection of real and made-up worlds, The Wild Hunt is a timely and potent comment on the consuming nature of adopting another identity, even within a game, and the modern yearning for ritual.

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Peter Dinklage is one of the Knights of Badassdom

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Soon to be seen in Saint John of Las Vegas (check out my interview with the director, Hue Rhodes), Peter Dinklage is one of those cool actors who really lifts any scene he is in – Living in Oblivion, The Station Agent, Death at a Funeral, Elf and many more. Now he is starring in a new film that fans of AD&D are sure to enjoy – The Knights of Badassdom.

The film was produced and co-written (with Kevin Dreyfuss) by Matt Wall, producer of Dinklage’s upcoming St. John of Las Vegas. Here’s the synopsis via /film.

A huge group of dedicated, costumed LARP-ers (Live Action Role-Players) , dressed like knights, elves & various characters, give up their cell phones and take to the woods for the Central New Jersey Knights of Badassdom Adventure Society, where they are set to re-enact a dungeons and dragons scenario right out of the mythical Middle Ages.

After being dumped by his sexy girlfriend Beth, Joe reluctantly decides to join Eric and his Larping friends in the woods rather than stay behind and feel sorry for his newly single status. There he meets hot, ass-kicking, intimidating huntress LARPer Gwen, and finds himself a surreal adventure wilder than he ever imagined when a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell from an ancient book he bought on EBay, releasing an actual demon with a taste for human blood — and souls — that starts systematically decimating the players in this suddenly deadly “game.” Will our guys become the heroes they have been pretending to be before time runs out?

Also check out io9 who talk about a new manga style graphic novel called King of RPGs which chronicles the adventures of a group of people playing a role playing game. Looks excellent.

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What Alignment are you?

Posted by LiveFor on November 4, 2009

Hey I admit it. I like a bit of RPG every now and again – Conspiracy X, AD&D, Cthulhu etc. Topless Robot dug up the goods with this explanation of the various alignments from back in the day.

I think they got it pretty much spot on. If any of you happen to be Chaotic Evil, then nice to meet you, please don’t hurt me.

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