A couple of years ago, a saw a video on Geek and Sundry’s YouTube page about a web series called LARPs. I personally was not a LARPer; I knew people in the Camarilla ( a White Wolf World of Darkness LARP group) in college, and I knew of the existence of boffer LARP, but LARPing wasn’t something that interested me. However, something about this video caught my eye. The production quality was top notch, these people obviously studied filmmaking, the acting was nothing to sneeze at either. I quickly looked up the show and binge watched the entire first Season. Then I went and helped Crowdfund the Second.
LARPs is a show that follows a group of gamer friends as they maneuver through life, while the characters they play brave a fantasy realm. The writing and direction are quite good. Each cast member is given their own moments throughout the series, and the show expertly weaves between the in-game drama, as well as the real-life drama.
From the tranquil forest opening of Episode 0 to the Epic Finale of Season 2, I can say I enjoyed every frame. If you missed this series when it first came out, or overlooked it because you weren’t into LARPing, I highly recommend you give this short series a moment of your time. You won’t regret it. LARPS is one of the best short form series on the internet.
While writing this article I discovered Beanduck now has their own YouTube Channel, and promises more original short film content. I can’t wait to see what they have in store. Check them out here: Beanduck Productions