Another quick round-up of LARP related links to share:
- Jake Rush, the politician in Florida who had done some Mind’s Eye Theater LARPing, was interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. (A comedic mock-news show, for those unfamiliar, which largely focuses on making fun of right wing politics. Stephen Colbert, it’s worth noting, is famous for being enthusiastic for geek culture. He has played Dungeons and Dragons and is a huge Tolkien fan.) It’s short and fairly funny.
- ABC has put out a trailer for its upcoming show, The Quest. As far as I can tell, it’s a reality show inspired by LARPing, though the word LARP is not mentioned in the trailer. I think they put out a casting call among LARPers (which I may have responded to.) I know there are LARPers among the cast.
- A Dagorhir group was caught by a flash flood, and they lost a ton of equipment. (They’re the “campers attending a renaissance style festival” described in the article.) You can donate to help them recover the gear they lost here.
- A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, (season 7, episode 21, “The Anything Can Happen Recurrence”) briefly mentioned LARP. At around 2:40, Sheldon says, “there’s a live action role playing group that meets every Thursday night in Griffith Park and reenacts battles from Lord of the Rings” and Penny quickly rejects the idea of joining them. As a show that celebrates geek culture, I was hoping they’d give LARP a bit more attention (table top RPGs have gotten entire episodes) but this is a start, I guess. Fingers crossed for a future episode in which the rest of the main cast ditches Penny and spends an evening in Griffith Park.
- Fox 6 News in Milwaukee did a short piece on LARPing. I’m not a huge fan of this piece; I tend to look a news stories with a more critical eye when they choose to emphasize escape as a reason for LARPing. But it’s not terrible.
- And lastly, the presenter of “Nordic LARPs are Toss,” one of the presentations at the Intercon N PreCon, has compiled his notes and made them available to read online. (Small spoiler — this talk is not actually a diatribe on Nordic LARP.) I highly recommend reading it — it’s both amusing and an informative, thoughtful look at the entity commonly referred to as Nordic LARP.