The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
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The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a fantastic feature film with the best of both sides of gaming. We get to have a look at both the fantasy world these people are creating for themselves, as well as follow their lives back in the real world.
Unlike other gaming films this one actually has a real point to it... Of course they are still out to storm the castle and save the damsel in distress (figuratively speaking), but the film is also about the game master publishing his first mod.
Unlike many independent fantasy films which come across as awkward, this one was like a breath of fresh air. It's not just for the people who game, as the writer/director Matt Vancil easily makes the content accessible to anyone who might watch the film! Even my parents, neither of whom game, watched and enjoyed this film... how many people can say that about other gaming films... *cough* Dungeons & Dragons *cough*?
All in all, it's a fun ride from beginning to end with an even balance of life in the real world as well as life inside the fantasy completed with a little surprise in the middle... I wont give it away, but let me just say that "Everything is better with pirates!"
By the time the team came to make the sequel, their fortunes had increased. The success of their first two films plus another one in the interim (Demon Hunters: Dead Camper Lake) had led to them being able to put substantially more resources into The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. This time the movie is 90 minutes long and features much larger numbers of actors and extras, as well as considerably more impressive effects, costumes, make-up, sets and locations. Also, whilst references in the first movie to the actual game they were playing were deliberately kept generic, this movie is sponsored by several major companies, allowing real gaming products to be used.
This time around the plot is more involved. The dungeon master, Lodge, is trying to write an adventure for official publication, but his party keeps getting killed whilst running it. Power gamer Cass is determined to beat the game no matter what, and the party decides they need two more members to be strong enough to beat the game. Cass' ex, Joanna, joins the group and immediately brings about a change in gameplay, as she is more focused on developing her character then min-maxing her skills. Unable to attract other players (due to the group's 'reputation'), Lodge has an NPC paladin join the party (portrayed as being played by himself during the in-game sequences).Read more ›
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Role-playing games have seen a resurgence in recent years, so it is only apropos to have films and related media about RPGs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen G
Bought this movie for my sister, as we have seen it before and she requested it. Just as good as I recall, had to have my fiance watch it, as he is a D&D fiend himself, to which... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geneda
I had a couple experiences with D&D before I watched this movie but those experiences left a bad taste in my mouth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald
If you are a tabletop geek or larper, you'll love this movie.Published 6 months ago by Marie Jackson
*Only* for tabletop gamers, to everyone else it'll be a horribly stupid low budget movie. For tabletop gamers it is *painfully* funny! One of my favorites.Published 6 months ago by deirdrebeth
Really great movie. It has some slow spots but is really worth a watch.Published 6 months ago by Chase
As cult classic films go this is one of the best. If you have ever played Dungeons and Dragons you MUST see this film. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ellen Jenkins
This is a underrated movie which makes fun of plenty of nerd tropes and memes. I don't tabletop rp myself, but I'm enough of a nerd to appreciate the humor in this movie. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M