Thursday, May 13, 2010


If you are a pencil-and-paper RPG gamer -- particularly if you play any incarnation of AD&D -- you must see The Gamers: Dorkness Rising from Dead Gentlemen Productions.

The movie is made -- probably in a garage -- from the perspectives of a gaming group, and switches back-and-forth between the players at the tabletop, and their characters in the game.

While by no means high-budget, it is side-splittingly funny, and surprisingly well-done. Hollywood should take notes.

Unfortunately, if you're not a table-top gamer, you probably won't like it nearly as well.

Watch for inside stuff -- Sean K Reynolds and Monte Cook both have cameo roles; Gary Gygax's name is used as a Glyph of Warding, and there are multiple references to various other RPG games.

Undead Turkeys Rule!



Alisa said...

Thanks, Dog! The Gamers was a complete, don't-drink-anything-while-watching hoot; good to know there's a sequel.

I've been gaming since the original D&D came out in '76 or '77. I met my husband that way. Girl gamers are sneaky.

Tim Covington said...

My wife and I loved it when we watched it last month.
The sad part was identifying people I have gamed with in the characters from the movie.

Old NFO said...

Meh- Now I've gotta go find a copy... :-)

Mrs. Widget said...

I agree completely.

"I know these people I am these people"

The creators are professional and semi professional film industry type people. Though the inn scene was a converted garage. Somewhere out on youtube is a video the set designer put together to show his skill.

Of course the end with the outtakes is hilarious.

dreadnoughtpc said...

I first saw this movie in December shortly after I had to put my cat to sleep. Ran across this on Netflix, figured it can't make me feel any worse than I already did.

I nearly fell out of my chair several times due to laughter. Bought a copy the next day.

Anonymous said...

Wow, AD&D haven't heard that name since high school. I believe it's called D&D 4th Edition now. My brothers and I play over the internet, using a program called maptool and a virtual LAN program called hamachi.

It's a way for us to stay connected even though we're spread across the continent. If you like D&D but all your friends are distant, maptool/hamachi is great.

Tragerstreit said...

I was introduced to this film just a few weeks ago. Beverages were reverse-drunk through nasal passages.

TheAxe said...

Have you seen "Fear of Girls"? It plays more off the stereotypes but it's also pretty funny.

pdwalker said...

What a find! Thanks!

They did touch on quite a few of the stero types, bless 'em!

Laughingdog said...

Unfortunately, if you're not a table-top gamer, you probably won't like it nearly as well.

Not true at all. My ex-girlfriend knew nothing about role playing games, and still thought the movie was hysterical. Really, the only way to not love this movie is to not have a clue about Dungeons & Dragons AND have no sense of humor whatsoever.

Matt G said...

Dog, you're my friend. I love you like a brother.

But damn, you're a geek.

Jenny said...

Yeah, but in the cool way.

Thanks for costing me an evening, 'dog. :)

Anonymous said...

"i resemble that remark"
started playing in the early 70's when chainmail came out.
fortunatly i married the very attractive young lady who played with my group. still playing a bit online. nerd for life i reckon.

SpeakerTweaker said...

Finally finished it night-before-last. Hooray Netflix!

That movie had me laughing pretty much all the way through it.

Especially when the Bard rolls a 1 trying to backstab a book. I literally had tears rolling down my face!


Ken said...

I haven't played in ages, but I have a ton of old RuneQuest stuff, and my sons are eyeing it with interest.

Anonymous said...

If you like this one you'll probably like Astropia as well, an Icelandic film of the same vein. It's available from amazon, I think.


vonKrag said...

OK you gamers (& you know who you are LawDog) Take a gander at this Mama's lil Tony wants one.