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Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle (2008)

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback follows a group of online fantasy gamers as they spend a weekend offline. The Seattle, Washington chapter of the New England Role Playing Organization (NERO) is a group of hardcore *World of Warcraft players who take the online gaming experience into the real world with weekend role-playing jaunts. The film chronicles one such weekend, exploring how the participants escape their workaday selves and transform into often antithetical fantastical characters. Monster Camp: The Story of Nero Seattle premiered at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival, where it was honored with the Audience Award for Best Documentary

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Rebecca McNamee
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Critic Reviews for Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

How much audiences will like Monster Camp may depend on their ability/need to abandon their everyday personas for weekends of fantasy dress-up and battles.

September 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Monster Camp is an endless succession of fantasy enthusiasts talking about nothing.

September 2, 2008 | Full Review…

Monster Camp introduces us to several of its cheerful practitioners, letting what first seems odd slowly make sense to the uninitiated.

April 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

As endearing as it is amusing.

June 27, 2007

At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself.

March 1, 2007

It's all very harmless, engaging, and for the most part, solid.

September 2, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle

½

It's a good documentary but I would have liked to get a little more into how the game is played and seen more of that than people talking about what a pain it is to play the game. It's well made and the people are interesting enough to sit through but they all come off a little out of touch with reality. Something none of them are afraid to admit.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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Not a bad documentary, its focus on the internal politics of a group of LARPers provides a nice little reminder on human nature, or something. The meat of the movie, though, should be the characters that populate this subculture. They are a colorful group, to be sure, but here too much attention is paid to the logistics of the game itself. That does serve as a means of characterization, as it exposes some of this practice's absurdity, but by the end of the movie I felt like I knew too much about NERO and not enough about LARPing.

Nate Harris
Nate Harris

Super Reviewer

½

Some laughs, sure, but not as involving as Darkon was.

Steve K
Steve K

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