Don’t you love it when nerdy things you love collide? Sometimes they collide in the most fun ways. The kids from Stranger Things start their first season of the show by playing Dungeons & Dragons, coming across an evil Demogorgon in their periless adventure. Fans of the table-top roleplaying game (TTRPG) always love seeing their hobby featured in TV shows. Especially when they become as wildly popular as Stranger Things has become. Well, now the tables have turned. Where once they got our TTRPG in their TV, now we’re getting their TV in our TTRPG as Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro brings us the very adventure that Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will go on that heralds the foreshadowing of their real-life misadventure.
So you’ve played D&D, Dungeons and Dragons, a couple of times. You’re fairly familiar with the rules, but the setting doesn’t really appeal to you. The knights in armor, medieval-thing just ain’t your bag, man. And learning a whole new system seems daunting, and what if you don’t like that either? Learn a third system for a third kind of game you may or may not like either? We say thee, nay! There are numerous third party settings for the Fifth Edition D&D system. Sci-Fi, fantasy, future, noir, hack and slash, political thriller, you only need to know where to look to find something that suits your interests. Then branching out to other systems within the settings you enjoy is less stressful of an idea. So here are 5 D&D Fifth Edition settings for your TTRPG group to try out!
Geek And Sundry brings together nerdy celebrities to play Dungeons and Dragons for our amusement. With the latest installment of CelebriD&D, Geek And Sundry brought in Terry Crews to join fan-favorite nerds from Nerdist and Critical Role in a World of Warcraft-themed session of Dungeons and Dragons to celebrate Blizzard’s latest expansion release, Battle for Azeroth. Who are these nerds and what characters did they play? Where can you watch all the action?
Dungeons & Dragonshas been a mainstay of nerd culture since it was first published by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). Since 1997, the game was taken over by Wizards of the Coast and has gone through several revisions currently placing it in its 5th Edition. For decades, the game seemed to be associated with little more than young boys throwing dice in their basements while talking about girls and eating pizza (watch Stranger Things, season 1, episode 1 for a great depiction of this), but many of those young boys… and girls, the ladies love some D&D too, have grown up. Some of them have even become celebrities and one such person happens to be Hollywood’s Magic Mike himself, Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike XXL, and One Tree Hill).
You’ve heard of it whispered in the darkest corners of your high school experience, perhaps images of a defamatory news segments or a dorky cartoon flash through your head. You’ve seen the books, lining that section of your comic book store you never go to, dice of strange and unfamiliar shapes shoved into a free-for-all somewhere near the counter. You had a friend or a cousin who wouldn’t shut up about it, maybe made it sound appealing, but it still felt too weird for you. You remember catching the last quarter of a terrible movie about it on television during a mid-day time filler slot. Now, you’re starting to see it everywhere in your Facebook feed. You watched Vin Diesel play it, you saw Dan Harmon‘s HarmonQuest, and of course, people won’t shut up about the Demogorgon after watching Stranger Things. Now you feel like maybe you want to try out Dungeons and & Dragons, but you have no idea where to begin. Well keep reading, because now you’re going to be taken through how to start playing “D&D”. (more…)
Some of us are old enough to remember the eye-rolling turkey of a Dungeons and Dragons film made back in 2000. Fans of the RPG had long awaited a live-action incarnation which brought our favorite mythical worlds and creatures to life, but this was not the film we were waiting for. Later, some other god-awful D&D films were made, yet still nothing worth watching. But the future will, perhaps, finally provide us with a fantasy flick that can hold its own, as director Rob Letterman has been signed to act as director to the newest attempt at D&D on the big screen. (more…)
Okay, let’s get the obvious bits out of the way: the first Dungeons And Dragons movie was a flop and for good reason. It was a cringeworthy, poorly thought-out piece of fantasy cinema which somehow managed to miss out on every single aspect of what made the game great, while delivering some of the worst performances the early 00’s had to offer. Granted, Jeremy Irons’ role as the evil wizard Profion gave us the baseline for every evil wizard BBEG we’ve crafted since, but that was about it. However, Warner Bros is currently considering a brand new approach to getting nerddom’s longest-standing tabletop RPG to the silver screen and they seem to have some pretty solid ideas about it… (more…)
If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons geek like I am, then you probably remember the horrible pain that struck your chest when you watched that god-awful movie that was produced around the title back in the year 2000. Even though the property provides tons of material to work with, the makers of the film managed to screw it up so bad that it literally left people with a bad case of the runs. Now, however, D&D may be getting a chance to redeem itself, as Warner Bros. has just purchase the rights and plans to make a new Gary Gygax-inspired flick.
Of course, if you look at the details, your hopes may be crushed.
A man by the name of David Leslie Johnson is currently in charge of the script. Some of you may know him for his work on the action-splat dud, Wrath of the Titans. Others may know him as the writer of some mediocre episodes of The Walking Dead. He’s not the worst, but he’s not exactly a creative genius. To add to the doubt, one of the producers has a history of being involved in that 2000 D&D movie fiasco.
So the project, while it definitely looks to be in the works, is up in the air creatively. It may come down to who wants to take on the role of director of the film. Can we get someone as passionate as those who have been jumping onboard the super hero movies as of late? Or will this just end up being yet another Lord of the Rings copycat flick with zero brains behind it?
I remain optimistic, because there’s seriously a lot you can do with D&D if you put your mind to it. The success really depends on whether or not they can find people that are willing to put themselves into it. Btw, if anyone at Warner Bros. is reading this, I’d write a D&D script in a heartbeat and it would be way better than that shit movie made in 2000. Feel free to message me.
Five bucks says that the first comment about this post will be something along the lines of:
HEY, THIS ISN’T NEW, I SAW THIS MONTHS AGO! ! !
And that comment would be absolutely, positively, 95% accurate. This is pretty much the same as those clips and teaser trailers that came out last year. The difference is that this is the first OFFICIAL TRAILER. The Knights of Badassdom has suffered that dreaded Hollywood fate involving a change in producer after filming wrapped. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it usually spells long delays and re-edits.
The cast is a who’s who of Nerdy favorites. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Summer Glau (Firefly), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), and Danny Pudi (Community) are all LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying) who accidentally summon an evil succubus demon played by Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) and not only have to clean up the mess, but deal with the consequences.
The material I’ve seen so far leads me to believe that the movie is laughing with LARP-ers and not directly at them. There has to be more than a few LARP enthusiasts in the NerdBastards audience, what’s your take on this trailer? Is it all in fun or do you feel picked on?
The bad news in all this is that there is STILL no release date announced for the movie, Perhaps this “Official release” of the trailer marks the beginning of the marketing machine behind the movie.
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