I make it no secret that I am an old school Gaming Geek – and I really feel old when I hear that one of my favorite games, Dungeons and Dragons, turns 40 this year.
Originally designed by the late great Gary Gygax (RIP Gary), this game literally changed how the fantasy genre was viewed and was the kickstart to the role-playing revolution.
It exposed fantasy writing to the next level, opened minds and really was a phenomenon unto itself.
If you think about it, without D&D (and Notre Dame Football) – you probably would not have had the Marvel Universe brought to light, nor the current blockbuster – Guardians of the Galaxy in the theaters – as director Jon Favreau credits Dungeons & Dragons with giving him “… a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance.”. Also…..Groot is a gamer too (via Vin Diesel).
Sadly – D&D also led to Bronies.
Anyway – back to the post, I wanted to point out two topics every gamer should be interested in – First we have the release of the latest edition of the game. I have only perused the rules, you can too for free…HERE, but things look very streamlined and interesting. I might get a gaming group together and check it out….if just for nostalgia’s sake.
Secondly…there is a movie coming out, and it ties just as directly to the popularity of the RPG industry as the game itself. Of course, I am talking about DARK DUNGEONS!
Dark Dungeons originated as a small comic book (called a Tract) released by Jack Chick and his Chick Publications in the late 70’s and continues to this day. Like many of the “Chick Tracts” – it decries the subject matter and details through narrative his twisted Christian theology….and how you must denounce the topic at hand to be saved.
In this case, it is Role Playing Games – and tells the classic take of Black Leaf, and how RPGs caused a young girl to commit suicide. You can read the whole tract HERE.
Personally – I am proud to be attacked by multiple Chick Tracts (RPGs, Freemasonry, Catholicism, Halloween & many others) and that is why I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to DARK DUNGEONS – The Movie.
In this, the producers whip out a vorpal weapon and take on (in the best way) the stupidity of Jack Chick’s Tracts. Don’t believe me? Then watch the first 8 minutes below:
How could you not love the chants of RPG?
So – for only $5, you can watch the entire movie….and I will be this weekend, with a review soon to follow.
Enjoy and viva la Black Leaf!