Being the retired guy, I have way too much time on my hands. After taking a five-mile, two-hour, with coffee breaks, leisurely stroll, I sat down in front of the computer, with lunch and promptly lost my soul to YouTube. Dave always warned me about doing this. The object of my online quest was Dungeons and Dragons or D&D fan fiction. The impetus for this search were Karen’s D&D cat videos that she regularly retweets. They’re a guilty pleasure and I love them, but what else is an internet for other than silly cat videos? The videos that I watched had no cats in them, except one and there it had a critical roll.
Universally, this live action roll-playing fan fiction plays the people who play D&D for laughs, using the travails of the game to expose the foibles of their human nature. Often the title of these series highlight the naivety or ineptness of their characters, with cute in-game references like, One Hit Die² or 1 For All³. One of the fathers of this genre is the movie, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.
In the theatrically released movie, The Gamers, we get to see the actors play both their characters and their character’s players. Their personalities bleed across the player character-player divide. Released in 2008, its writing, acting, and production values are all second rate, but for lovers of the game, its humor is to die for. I especially enjoyed the opening encounter with the goblins that starts around minute 25, where the newbie woman fighter demonstrates her better understanding of the game’s mechanics than her male party members.
- A weapon with a bonus to hit and do damage, but at a charisma penalty.
- Implying first-level or inexperienced players that can only take one hit die worth of damage before death. Higher level characters have more hit die.
- In D&D a twenty sided die is used for skill checks and saving throws. A roll of 20 is a critical success. A roll of 1 is a critical failure. Roll to save!