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Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by Morlock
Hi,
I saw a documentary on the Game yesterday on tv. It was very interesting. I was wondering when it was made, because in checking the game stats here online I see that the largest country during the documentary is now gone. What happen to Mordom? Are the people in the documentary still playing the game or have they dropped out? And what happened to the guy who went up against Mordom in the video documentary. I can't remember his name. Did he ever succeed in toppling the country of Mordom or was it someone else?
Sorry for all the questions, but I really liked the documentary.

Thanks,
Morlock

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by SkweeTheGoblin
People will probably step in to correct me but I believe I can answer your questions. I believe it was made about 7 years ago, that is give or take mind you, seeing as I have only been playing for about a year. Mordom is still around but, from what I understand, they purposely went defunct and started what we kindly call New Mordom (it has a proper name but that escapes me at the moment). Most of the people in the documentary are still there except for Bannor (Skip) who had to leave Darkon for personal reasons. I do not know if he ever succeeded in toppling Mordom or not. Anymore questions you have, feel free to ask.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by Amazing_Iltztafein
Mordom is gone, yes. There is New Mordom, which contains some of the members of Mordom and a lot of new people (as the name could imply).

The people featured in the documentary, for the most part, either don't come out at all or show up very rarely. I can't think of a person in there that fields on anywhere near a regular basis.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by fingers630
They are all too busy for darkon, what with eating dinner at 3pm and going to bed by 4....

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by Inox
I was in the documentary briefly (I am the guy that talks for like 5 seconds about the immediacy of the experience, toward the end of the film).

The movie was filmed primarily in 2004.

Anyhow, Skip/Bannor never succeeded in toppling Mordom. The final fight for the movie was a complete rout; they had to edit it to make it look even close. Bannor was killed on the field. A Cleric on our side cast Resurrection on him for that final fight with Keldar. I know, because I was one of the ones hitting him when he went down, and I pretended to cut his head off & then held his helmet up by the mane. That didn't make it into the movie. :D

Skip later left the game for personal reasons, and I wish him well. His leaving, and his failure to topple Mordom are, to the best of my knowledge, entirely unrelated.

Mordom willingly went defunct some time later, as they felt it was what they wanted to do. I will let a Brother of Mordom speak to that.

Keldar is still in the game, as are a bunch of the Mordomians & former Mordomians. Elidor (the green & white) is still going strong. Laconia still exists, Moot still exists, etc.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by Lord Dubh
Sadly, the Secret Moot Cabal is no more. They were the ones making plans in the tent with Laconia and had the broccoli on the chest.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by fingers630
May the water never boil....

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-26
by Charneg
John to be truthful the secret cabal is still there we just don't have land

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-27
by Thrush Svartehjertet
The movie sucked balls, because the Forgotten Ones were edited out of it. Fact.

Thrush
berserk

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-27
by Amazing_Iltztafein
I remember at least one scene with a Forgotten One in it.

That's about it, though.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-01-27
by Lord Valfryn
I still think the darkon fim wasn't about Darkon. Nor do I think it represented it very well. Most of the people that ask me about the film are usually asking me about the people featured in it. Not the Game itself. When I think of darkon, I think of the game, my playing experiences.. not any specific players in particular.

I did like the surge in RP and costume.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-01
by jayjay
Thrush Svartehjertet wrote:The movie sucked balls, because the Forgotten Ones were edited out of it. Fact.

Thrush
berserk


i saw it on IFC a few days ago. there was at least one shot of you, seb.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-02
by Thrush Svartehjertet
Yes, true, but they edited out all of our cool stuff. They came and filmed a party at viking House and spent a lot of time at Tuesday Practice...

Thrush
berserk

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-02
by jayjay
that's a shame they left out tuesday.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-02
by fingers630
The edited out my tackling of the last dude alive in the battle with the boom crane camera, where the Drow turned their ballistae on laconia (didnt see that coming LOL)

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-02
by LordTyrantCort
Hilarious, cause it was me and tyko, that paid the drow to turn the guns on the laconiains. I will never forget it. Before the start, Banner came to Tyko and I and said "it's good to see tha enemies can join together to fight the greater evil." and as the two of us looked at him and replied "die anicient enemy" he took all his men to the other side and left moot to get slaughtered.

Those were the days.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-06
by Makarov
I'm a fan of the movie here just wanted to drop in my opinion. I'm not sure how well it represents the actual game of Darkon, because I'm from Illinois, but its my favorite documentary of all time.

I think it's cool that they made it a fantasy movie rather than focus on game mechanics. Check out Monster Camp to see a movie that spends a lot of time on game mechanics. Personally I think Darkon is a much better movie.

I think parts like the forementioned immediacy of the experience and Skip Lipman's philosophizing broaden the movie to where it applies to other aspects of life in general.

Another thing on the DVD you've got the commentary with Skip Lipman and Kenyon Wells. You don't often see two opposing sides in a competitive documentary come together for the commentary track, for example, King of Kong.

I actually wish there were a sequel but it seems unlikely from what I understand.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-06
by Xunyl
No offense intended but if I had seen that documentary before I started playing I probably never would have joined the game. It really didn't do a good job of representing us. Though I'm sure it'd make a boring cinema for the muggles if they just filmed it as regular folk who enjoy a hobby that wasn't main stream. But, I'm glad you liked it enough to share your opinion and that it peaked your interest in the club. (Despite the geographical boundaries.)

Though why would they leave out Tuesday practice but spend a while on the guy that hosed out a cat box barefoot and practiced alone? I only had the pleasure of doing Tuesday Practice once or twice but it's pretty intense and it would have show cased some of the athleticism involved in the hobby.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-06
by Thrush Svartehjertet
They recorded me saying some stuff without my knowledge over the phone that I did not want getting out, I told them they couldn't use it... They said that broke the whole story line involving the FO, and therefore they left out all the stuff with us, including our courtship at Tuesday Practice...

Thrush
berserk

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-07
by PadreCaedes
There's alot about that movie that would have been better if different...
I mean c'mon man...they spent close to five minutes showing Skips son stabbing the air in his living room...I mean really...HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF FOOTAGE and they go with that.

Mistakes. There were many.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-07
by Thrush Svartehjertet
That was one of the only moments of the movie I enjoyed, honestly...

Thrush
berserk

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-07
by Defalcone
I have to defend the documentary a little bit. Yes it focused more on the people playing than the game itself, but had it never been for the documentary, I would have never known Darkon existed. I saw the movie in the summer of 2007 on IFC. I was intrigued enough to seek out the group and impressed so much so by what I saw I formed a group using the rules here in Missoula Montana that very fall.

Well here it is 2012 and we are still playing, plus we stand on the verge of becoming one of the first Associated Realms; all because I saw the Darkon documentary on a lazy afternoon.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-07
by Ogre Solaris
The documentary is what informed me about the game too. The first time I saw it though I thought that there was no way I was going to go out and do that. It took seeing it on IFC a few times, mostly in parts after the first viewing, for me to see past the film's limited scope. I figured that I should give it a shot and I came out to join up in summer of 2009 and have been a regular attendee since.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-02-07
by Amazing_Iltztafein
Thrush Svartehjertet wrote:That was one of the only moments of the movie I enjoyed, honestly...

Thrush
berserk

Having read reviews online, that part was an audience favorite. It's probably a factor in why it won the audience award at SXSW, too.

Re: Documentary

Posted: 2012-03-29
by jayjay
http://penny-arcade.com/2012/03/28 look who got mentioned on penny arcade.