Film News: The Dungeon Masters and Spellfury

A bit of D&D related film and TV news.

The Dungeon Masters is a documentary that follows the lives of three D&D players for a year. Living in unglamorous corners of lower-middle-class America the film explores how their real-life aspirations are fuelled by the worlds of their imaginations. Scott, whose self-deprecating humour has not translated into success as a budding novelist, struggles to support his wife and son. Elizabeth, an attractive twenty-three-year-old who dresses as a dark elf, seeks companionship after a failed marriage. Richard, who has a penchant for killing make-believe characters, aspires to reconnect with the real stepson he abandoned.

In an interview with director Keven McAlester he was asked if he encountered any resistence making the film:

Absolutely. I think, pretty much every gamer is suspicious of any kind of media, and the older gamers especially because in the 80s, there was so much portrayal of D&D as like this satanic cult that would drive your kids to suicide and heavy metal. And so, they were definitely suspicious…

Spellfury is a completely different kettle of fish. A low budget, web only fantasy adventure series. Only a couple of very short episodes so far, here is the first.

I think the best thing I can say is that it might get better.

One comment

  1. I can understand their trepidation. In the mid-eighties, during the height of the “D&D is evil” craze, the local paper asked to do a story on my brother and I and our little game group (I’ve been playing for over 25 years, so this was Back-In-The-Day). My brother was dm’ing at the time.

    How did the photographer picture him?

    It was a darkened photo of my brother behind the DM screen, with a map and some miniatures (and of course, our ubiquitous dice) scattered about on the table, with candles lit on the table and in the background.

    He took other (more normal) pictures as well, but you can guess which photo went to press with the article — the gloomy “dangerous” one. Needless to say, we weren’t too pleased.

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