Signal Boost: LARPs the Series

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to my weekly segment where I share some awesome and typically nerdy thing that I think more people should know about. It could be a book, movie, TV series, author, artist, tabletop game, Web series…basically anything. I love sharing some of these wonderful people and projects with all of you, and I was inspired to do this after watching several episodes of Geek and Sundry’s Web show: Signal Boost. Also, mini-Boost here, America Young just finished her four episode run on the show and she was fabulous. I’ve enjoyed the other hosts, but I think she was my favorite. Go check out the show here.

Okay, now on to the main Boost for the day, and that is a Web show that I actually discovered because Geek and Sundry picked it up. They re-aired the first season, and then a successful Indiegogo campaign helped fund the second season which was absolutely phenomenal. The show is LARPs: the Series…and I desperately am hoping they’ll announce a third season.

Several years ago I discovered a Web series called The Guild and it focused on a guild for a video game called “The Game” but was rather similar to games such as World of Warcraft. Anyway, after six seasons The Guild reached its conclusion and I was left with repeats. Where else would I get the in-and-out-of-game relationships, camaraderie, friendships, feuds, and drama.

Then LARPs: the Series came into my life. It follows a small group of friends who participate in a live action roleplaying game. The series follows them both in and out of game, and is clever, fun, and I think it is a wonderful representation of this section of geek culture.

The first season has us following Will, Arthur, Brittany, and game master Evan, a LARP group in the middle of a story when they discuss adding a new character to the game. In comes Shane, who plays a paladin with an obsession with fire, and it changes things. In the first season we watch as secrets are kept, romance blooms in and out of game, and their lives begin to change.

It’s really easy to catch up on the first season as most of the episodes are only 5 or 6 minutes long.

You can find the episodes here.

The second season brings in a host of new characters, but the main new character is Kat, a friend of Shane’s who is brand new to LARPing, and it makes everything in the group more wonderful and complex. Plus, some of the players are dealing with the ramifications of the season one finale, which I won’t spoil for you, though I highly recommend you go catch up now.

What is incredibly wonderful about the second season is that the successful Indiegogo campaign meant longer episodes, generally 12 minutes or so, though the second season finale was almost a half-hour in length…and man, what an ending! Again, I don’t want to spoil things, but I’m really really curious about what could happen next with this group of friends because season two ended with an incredibly intense and action packed game session.

I am proud to have been a backer for the season two Indiegogo, and it came complete with an awesome calendar, some LARPs buttons, and of course, a DVD set of both seasons.

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So, if you are or were a Guildie, or if you are just a fan of great shows that highlight some wonderful parts of being in the nerd community, I highly highly recommend that you check out this series. It is well worth the time.

And hopefully soon we’ll see some sort of announcement about season three.

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