24 May 2011

Enter the Dragon -- D&D Documentary

Found this short, interesting, well-done documentary about playing D&D on wilwheaton.net:



Quick thoughts:

1.  4E requires a lot of physical gear to play!
2.  I think there's a bit too much of the "wish-fulfillment through my character" and "nerds are people too" vibes happening in the film.  I get that wish-fulfillment is a part of RPGing, but I think the film overstates it as a rationale.  Similarly, I think most of us -- jocks and geeks alike :) -- have gotten beyond bagging on anyone else's hobby.
3.  I think it gets the communal fun aspect of gaming just right!

  

6 comments:

  1. That was a bit tough to get through, huh? I don't relate at all to the victimization, even as an adult. Also, while wish fulfillment is certainly part of the experience, it's just one part, like you you said.

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  2. I certainly felt ostracized or looked down on as a geeky kid, but I also played sports and went to punk rock shows. And I certainly don't feel that way now. Except about that baseball player guy who tried to beat me up after soccer practice. That guy sucks.

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  3. Seriously, eff that guy.

    You are right. They sure have a lot of stuff to play Type IV!

    The DM in the video seems like a hell of a nice guy, though.

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  4. Okay, I'm back. I re-watched the ending and liked what she said about community. That was also cool.

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  5. The whole group seems like generally fun people to play with.

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  6. Just came across this post on a hunt for gaming docs. Very well done and I agree with the points you guys made- both about not feeling ostracized now and loving what that woman said about community. So right on.

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