Another D&D music video. I’m amazed at how many of those are out there. The graphics on this one aren’t really super cool but heck a D&D rap. What the hell. Enjoy it. ANd remember it’s hump day and the work week is half way over. Get those dice warmed up for the weekend folks! Remember the golden rule. Have fun. Kill monsters. Take their stuff.
Yes, I know old news. But hell, real life has kept way too busy. Anyway, on with the rant.
By now, you probably have already heard about Warner Brothers saying they want to do a big budget D&D movie but then Universal coming back and saying that they own the rights. Hollywood doesn’t have that good of a track record for converting games (both table top and video) to the big screen. Heck, I can think of only two that were decent. Resident Evil and Clue. The rest were pretty damned bad. Dare I even mention the unholy name of Uwe Boll.
So this got me thinking (again) about what table top games could make good movies. My little brain came up with three, good and bad.
Rifts by Micheal Bay. Big fucking robots. Explosions. Mega Damage Explosions. Come on. You might want to see this when you were drunk off your ass.
Paranoia by Simon Pegg or even maybe Mike Judge I know I’d pay to that one and probably buy the DVD.
Over the Edge by Guillermo del Toro or David Lynch Once again, this would be strange but way cool.
So let’s discuss what other table games deserve a good movie treatment.
OK, this week it’s a long clip but it’s worth. I mean how much of this is just like an average D&D campaign. Well, expect for the very end but I’m not going to spoil it for you. And since I’ve been asleep at the wheel, I didn’t even realize that this also had a Kickstarter attached for a whole series and yes kid’s it got funded. So keep your eyes open for this coming in the future.
I have so much that I owe Ray Harryhausen. In my younger days, I got my hands on on old Super 8 movie camera and tried my own hand at stop motion animation. But more than anything he brought the creatures of myth and legend to life. His work was a true art form taking infinite patience. For those many hours of entertain, I am grateful.
As a young gamer, he brought the adventures that only were in my imagination to life in brilliant color. These were tales of heroes and monsters. Thank you, Ray.
And here’s one of my own favorite iconic scenes. The skeleton fight.
We met up for our Dresden Files game on Friday. I know I usually post these quick updates earlier in the day but it’s been one those weekends.
When we last left our adventurers, they were speeding towards where ever Alex might happen to be after he threw off the influence of the Denarian. Thanks to Zig the Psychic Bike Messenger, they managed to find the location. It was right there in the middle of The Triangle.
Just as an update. The Triangle is the worst part of town. It’s Aspect is “Even the cops don’t go there at night.” So perfect place for a big fight. The party pulls up in front of a run down apartment building. They can here gun shots and sounds of violence coming from the building. They decide that it might be safer to take the fire escape up. It was only marginally safer. On the way up, they get attacked by a pair of Black Court vampires. It was a quick and dirty fight but enough to get the player characters worried. As they made their way up the side of the building, a few of the party members start to get really pissed off. Then Artie remembers that Alex had stolen the Anger Box (a mysterious artifact with the power to make everybody around it violently angry).
They reached the roof and the main scene for the fight. Black Court and Red Court Vampires are tearing each other part. There’s even some fratricide. They see Alex’s unconscious form in the middle of the roof. Artie clears a path with some magical sunlight in a handkerchief ala Harry Dresden. And heads for Alex. The rest of the characters do their best to hold the Vampires. The Dude and Whisper decide now is the perfect time to get into a lovers’ spat and Jack ends up facing the leaders of both the Red Court and Black Court. Artie grabs Alex and heads back towards the fire escape. Zig grabs up the Anger Box and closes it, causing some calm to fall over the scene. While The Dude looks around and finds the Denarian’s coin and sprints to the fire escape.
When The Dude reaches the edge, he notices that the fire escape it missing. Yes, missing. But sitting on a ledge a few feet down is Puck The Fairy Prince of Chaos. He smiles and says, “Give me the coin and I’ll make the escape re-appear.” The Dude just shrugs and hands him the coin. He doesn’t want to stay up on the roof a bunch of very angry vampires. Puck thanks him and tells him that this evens up things between him and Artie.
Meanwhile, Jack is dire straights. His faith has managed mainly to just piss of the vampire leaders. They keep attacking him and he falls back and trips over a dead body. His hand instinctively grasps the pommel of sword, he swings it desperately and cleaves the leader of the Black Court in half. The Red Court Marquessa turns tail and runs for it. He fells the power of the diving flowing from the sword. Congratulations, another Knight of the Cross has been called.
The groups speeds away to lick their wounds.
It was a short session but a key one. Jack was a “temporary” character while Alex was possessed by the Denarian. I just wanted that character to go out with band. Next time, Alex is returning to the group. Not sure what the player has planned but it will be interesting.
There’s a few imrpov skits about D&D on Youtube and to put it bluntly most of them suck and have really bad audio. This one however goes out to everyone who has played Pathfinder with a munchkin rules lawyer.