PAX 2011 had it’s Acquisitions Incorporated (starring: Wil Wheaton, Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, and Chris Perkins) Dungeon & Dragons theatrical stage show once again this year and the complete videos are now available for viewing online.
Why bother? Because this might be one of the best examples of the fun that can be had at a good gaming session. I know that your weekly gaming session won’t have all the bells and whistles that this stage production does. Who has that kind of time or money to invest in that besides these guys? You can however have that same sense of adventure, humor, and camaraderie that makes D&D or any gaming sessions great.
Grab your favorite beverage of choice, a bag of pork rinds (or healthy vegetable substitute), and check out the video below. The rest of the show can be seen at the Wizards of the Coast PAX 2011 website. The music that accompanies the gaming session can be picked up at Paul and Storm’s.
If you have ever played D&D then you will instantly know the characters in this trailer. I am still a little on the fence about how I feel about the portrayals though. Is this simple Nerd Bashing or is it a realistic look at the harsh reality that some people just take things too far? Take a look at the video and let NerdBastards know what side you think this film will fall on.
Here’s what the filmmakers have to say about their film:
Scott Weidemeier spends his time in exactly three ways: working a menial job at a local donut shop, caring for his abusive grandmother, and running The Greatest Dungeons & Dragons Game of All Time. Though overbearing and short-tempered, Scott is a hero to his fellow players—that is, until neo-nerd hipster Miles Butler joins the game, fueling Scott’s rampant insecurity and alienating him from his own players. Can Scott overcome his contempt for the mainstreaming of nerdery, or will this clash of the subcultures come to a head? . . . Though the topics of gaming and nerd culture are close to our hearts, our real passion for this story lies in the main character. Over the last year, we have taken great care to write someone who is neither your typical leading man, nor the archetypal nerd who exists only for laughs.
The filmmakers are trying to raise $15,000 for pre-production costs for everything from casting to scripting, art direction, equipment, and crew. They’re close to their goal, so if you feel the urge to help by donating, go to IndieGoGo.