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Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! LIGHTNING BOLT! THE MOVIE. (qt) - the alternate trailer. (and the original in case you lost it)
posted by BlackLeotardFront (46 comments total)

 
Wait, are those Nerf swords?!
posted by Rothko at 9:07 AM on August 8, 2005


Not if you don't want them to be!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:08 AM on August 8, 2005


Hey guys (and girls)!! Never mind fantasy, there's a real war going on right now. They'll even provide pay, uniforms, room & board, and even transportation to the battlefield.
posted by jsavimbi at 9:11 AM on August 8, 2005


Wow. This is awful.
posted by voltairemodern at 9:14 AM on August 8, 2005


Nip it.
posted by Necker at 9:14 AM on August 8, 2005


I don't understand this one little bit. Is someone actually making a full length cosplay movie? To sell at comicons etc?
posted by jonson at 9:26 AM on August 8, 2005


I was greatly, greatly relieved when it was revealed as a documentary. For a few horrifying seconds I thought that the football field Nerf battle was the actual film.
posted by LeeJay at 9:34 AM on August 8, 2005


Shit. I thought this was going to be about Lightning Bolt.
posted by mr_roboto at 9:40 AM on August 8, 2005


This play would be more interesting if it was staged inside an aquarium filled with giant octopuses.
posted by disgruntled at 9:42 AM on August 8, 2005


I can't believe you had the gall to compare this film to the unrelenting awesomeness that is Lightning Bolt.
posted by mkultra at 9:43 AM on August 8, 2005


NEEEEERDS!!!
posted by mr.marx at 9:57 AM on August 8, 2005


Can we add a "nerdfight" tag to Metafilter, next time around?
posted by Rothko at 10:09 AM on August 8, 2005


mr_roboto So did I :( I'm greatly dissapointed.
posted by jeresig at 10:21 AM on August 8, 2005


You know ... that kinda ... uh .... that kinda rules! Alright guys - that looks like a whole lot of fun :)
posted by redteam at 10:36 AM on August 8, 2005


Bah.

LARPing can be pretty amazing fun. With the right group, the right setting, the right rules and the right attitude. You need all four... even in a "boffer" LARP.

The vast, vast majority of them have the geek/nerd factor too high. It is a tough thing to judge, especially if your game needs lots of players; open enrollment is required then, and in come the people on the edges.

On the other hand, a great LARP can be like an improv troupe with a continuing storyline that doesn't have a fixed end-point. Even if "I Call Upon Chaos To Cause Critical Wounds (16)".

- Andrea (never met a NERO-chaos thrower she didn't like)
posted by andreaazure at 10:44 AM on August 8, 2005


DORKON!!
posted by Mr Bluesky at 11:11 AM on August 8, 2005


"LARPing"? Is that like "felching"?
posted by dsquid at 11:16 AM on August 8, 2005


I laughed the last time I saw these idiots (same trailer, I think). I'll probably laugh next time as well.

Thank god I don't know any of these people. Thank him a million times I'm not one of them.
posted by dobbs at 11:24 AM on August 8, 2005


I was going to say DORKON too. As if I'm sure they never get that joke...

While they're at it, why don't they just name their realms Virginland, Mulletville and Nerdistan? Same principle.
posted by fungible at 11:27 AM on August 8, 2005


I like to make fun of things I don't enjoy, makes me feel good about my life choices.
posted by Shutter at 11:54 AM on August 8, 2005


Reno911 take on LARP

Crazy Role Player

posted by joseppi7 at 11:58 AM on August 8, 2005


live action role playing. might be fun for some, but no.

I live in a world of cold steel. Classic clip.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:04 PM on August 8, 2005


Love Reno 911.

Heh.

I tried a LARP once as a teenager. Me and a couple of friends thought it might be fun. We made swords and staves and went to the park. At the end of the day, we were so freaked out we never went to another one again.
posted by linux at 12:08 PM on August 8, 2005


bring it on terrorists!
posted by TetrisKid at 12:17 PM on August 8, 2005


I like to make fun of things I don't enjoy, makes me feel good about my life choices.

You misunderstand. I'm not making fun of the thing. I'm making fun of the people who do the thing. Very different.
posted by dobbs at 12:48 PM on August 8, 2005


Kids these days.
posted by tomplus2 at 12:51 PM on August 8, 2005


mr. roboto there is already a movie about that lightning bolt. it's called the power of salad and it's very good.
posted by glenwood at 1:23 PM on August 8, 2005


Can we add a "nerdfight" tag

That's not a nerd fight.

This is a nerd fight.
posted by CynicalKnight at 1:29 PM on August 8, 2005


wow that is so bad i cant even watch it
posted by MrLint at 1:32 PM on August 8, 2005


Hey guys (and girls)!! Never mind fantasy, there's a real war going on right now. They'll even provide pay, uniforms, room & board, and even transportation to the battlefield.

But then they'd have to cut their hair. And the one dude I saw whose hair was within regs had way too many piercings in his head. Sheesh, jsavimbi, why don't you think these things through?
posted by Hal Mumkin at 1:41 PM on August 8, 2005


Y'know... I was solidly in the "stupid nerds" camp at the beginning of the Darkon clip. However, from what I saw at least, it seems a little bit more like Medieval battle recreation with a D&D flair or possibly even a D&D-esque "paintball" fight. LARPing creeps me out, but this seems to be more "I'm hitting you with my stick, if I hit you enough times you'll be dead according to the rules..." Granted, they're covered in foam, but I'm sure it's still gotta hurt sometimes. Meh... I'd do it, looks like fun. (In a different state though... and their better not be any damn cameras around, or the foam's comin off brother!)
posted by Debaser626 at 1:44 PM on August 8, 2005


Thank god I don't know any of these people.

Unless you live in a hermetically-sealed bubble, you probably do, and just don't know it.

Thank him a million times I'm not one of them.

Don't worry, they're probably saying the exact same thing about you.
posted by mkultra at 1:55 PM on August 8, 2005


Jeez. Take away the cynical pills, because you've all overdosed. To my mind, that looked like a huge amount of fun.

Oh, I'm sorry. Would you prefer to pretend to be a warrier in your study where nobody can see you. Or maybe you'd just like to watch other people pretending.

It's a game. It's fun. Get over it.
posted by seanyboy at 4:30 PM on August 8, 2005


ha ha
posted by Hobbacocka at 5:00 PM on August 8, 2005


Seriously. I started out the thread laughing at the LARPers, 'cuz they are funny. But I ended it laughing at the MeFites, albeit a little sadly. Someone's got a bad case of "I may be an anonymous dork on a website, but at least I'm not one of THOSE nerds! Ha ha! Dorks!"

It's creative, cooperative, and clearly gives someone a modicum of joy - so in my book it beats TV and 80% of what most people spend their time on.

The documentary looks pretty interesting - the dual lives the really dedicated LARPers live seems like rich source material. I wonder if they ever get confused which mode they're in and try "Lighting Bolt! LIGHTNING BOLT!!" in meetings at work.
posted by freebird at 5:22 PM on August 8, 2005


Where were these guys when I was 13? And ya know, there are a couple of girls at the end of the film. And some kissing. So get over yourselves. (And a cheese monster thing--WTF?)

And thanks for the great links to Reno 911 and Lightning Bolt (the band).

/"I'm wearing boots of escaping!"
posted by bardic at 5:47 PM on August 8, 2005


Yah, I thought the Darkon guys were like strict historical re-enactment types, hence not really related to the "Lightning Bolt" crew at all. But then I saw them beating teh crap out of a 30 hit-die Cheese Elemental....
posted by freebird at 5:59 PM on August 8, 2005


Dorks. Geeks. Nerds.

And active duty, just back from Iraq men and women. Who run faster and swing harder than you do. And it hurts.

(Until you duck, block, parry, call out some chaos spells, and watch them drop like flies.)

Not everyone who plays in live-action, are geek type, especially in the combat LARPs.

(Hmmm. I think I just came out as a LARPer. Ugh.)
posted by andreaazure at 7:21 PM on August 8, 2005


Damn. I was hoping this was a LARP remake of the Leroy Jenkins video!
posted by VulcanMike at 7:33 PM on August 8, 2005


Dear Jesus, I almost bought swords for my kids at the Renaissance Fair this past weekend! Thank God the $40 admission left me broke!
posted by snsranch at 7:34 PM on August 8, 2005


A friend of mine was in the Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, back in the 80's and 90's. He said it was a really fun time in his life. The most surprising thing he talked about at length was the really active sex life he had at camps/gatherings. Of course it's mostly made up of guys, but there are a signifigant number of girls as well. He said if you were reasonably attractive and reasonably outgoing guy, hookups were very frequent. He got laid all the time, he said, more than any other time of his life.

So, yeah, it is a dorky thing, but apparently has its benefits for the bolder souls. After all, it is a social club, unlike nerds like me who geek out at home with computer games until 3 in the morning.
posted by zardoz at 7:43 PM on August 8, 2005


It's creative, cooperative, and clearly gives someone a modicum of joy - so in my book it beats TV and 80% of what most people spend their time on.

Hell, it's outside.
posted by dhartung at 8:49 PM on August 8, 2005


Darkon is a very similar group to the one I play in (Amtgard). It's the most fun I've ever had on my weekends. Some of the weekend long camping events just end up being big parties with alot of socializing and drinking at night interrupted by wargames during the day.
posted by The Cardinal at 9:31 PM on August 8, 2005


http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/4811765/detail.html
posted by piratebowling at 10:25 PM on August 8, 2005


Now maybe it's the music but... that looked like fun.

Somehow I wonder if the "reality" of an actual group would be, though.

I think it's like andreaazure says:
With the right group, the right setting, the right rules and the right attitude. You need all four

And judging how hard that is to find in a conventional role-playing group...
posted by dreamsign at 11:56 PM on August 8, 2005


Thanks glenwood for that Power Of Salad link. Netflix has it. Yoink!
posted by intermod at 7:40 PM on August 9, 2005


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