Fellowship of the Dice
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Now go back and re-write their lines, get a new bloody cast for the interesting central character - well played by Aimee Graham - who are not all entirely pathetic creatures deserving of contempt rather than compassion. They could have been interesting without being outrageous losers.
The interludes, with the actual gamers from a convention, were a nice touch, and closer to my memory of actual people, with whom I played over several years. Not borderline loonies, just people looking for fun in an alternate environment where they're not sitting in a boring algebra class or counting the minutes in their cubicle to their coffee break.
It started out a girl looking for something different than the party life and getting invited into a game of Wizards, Warriors & Wyrms. You had the usual suspects with their different quirks. The game nazi, the shy one, the one that argues everything, the one who gets a little to into it etc etc. The film quickly develops into this overdramatised story of everyones emotions during the gaming process and their likes/dislikes towards the game, each other etc (note camera pans out to the character on their own expressing their opinion like in an episode of any reality TV show). I played RPG's regularly when I was younger and still sit in on a game from time to time so have experienced the highs and lows of playing rollplay. However in Fellowship of the Dice they have really overplayed/overdramatised each characters differences. Rules/arguments that shouldn't be taken to seriously were pushed way out of proportion into almost life and death level situations.
Though it wasn't the best attempt at a story the film was interesting because it seems that it was initially created as a documentary instead of being for entertainment. Fellowship of the Dice develops by a sort of rough initiation into gaming. Begins with introduction, characters/classes, rules, culture etc with the film panning across to other roleplayers not associated with the original story (like the way documentaries use experts to explain topics).
Though not very well protrayed (dramatised to say the least) Fellowship of the Dice did give outsiders a snapshot view into the gaming culture. 3/5 stars.
If you never played tabletop games, you probably wont get this film. My girlfriend didn't. If you did, you will probably enjoy it even as it at times can completely annoy you. But, as often is the case, the turmoil leads to a big confrontation and resolution, and everybody's bonds are stronger for it.
I will say some of the things that happen I've had happen in my own game, including the GM taking someone aside to get feedback on the game, so it's not all bad just overall not what I was expecting. I love good movies about gamers and the gaming community but wish they wouldn't treat us as a joke or something similar.
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hysterical look at role playing gamers, like "waiting for guffman" and "best in show". Aimee Graham is great. Funny movie, check it out.Published on July 20, 2007 by D. Cooper