I find LARPing inherently intriguing. Grown men and women dressing up as fictional characters and battling each other in real world settings is something I will never tire watching. That’s why I was drawn to the LARP (Live Action Role Playing) documentary Monster Camp. It was released a couple years ago, but I only discovered it last weekend so I thought I’d share.
The film chronicles a NERO chapter in Seattle over the course of one year. Both awkward and endearing, the film makes you realize as outwardly bizarre as LARPing may seem, it is really no different than any other creative escape. Everyone needs a place to belong and NERO Seattle provided that for many nerdists. It’s really insightful to watch the gatherings throughout the seasons as some players grow out of the experience, while others grasp to hold onto it. Monster Camp depicts LARPing as a healthy albeit offbeat pastime. The film is not groundbreaking or even really well made, but it is a great glimpse into a life that is less familiar to most.
What do you think of LARPing? Is it just a weird hobby for the socially stunted? Or just another fun thing to pass the time? I used to think it was the former, but I’ve realized life is too short to not do things that make you happy. Team LARP.