Five things I’ve learned about RPGs from “Mazes & Monsters”

  1. Roleplaying is all about the treasure you get at the end (and coping with your personal problems)
  2. Level 10 is where the fun is
  3. Improving the game means leaving your comfy room and go to a dark cave
  4. Roleplayers wear costumes
  5. If you lost your brother at an early age and your mother is an alcoholic, avoid playing RPGs. They are bad for you.

I actually watched this movie yesterday. “Mazes & Monsters” is an awful based on a novel that was itself based on inaccurate newspaper reports about the James Dallas Egbert III case. The movie is even worse than I remembered it. The depiction of roleplaying is inaccurate (of course) and the acting is bad. But if you are interested in the history of roleplaying and the attacks against it, this movie is very interesting. Make sure to check out the “60 Minutes on D&D” video (via The Escapist).

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

4 thoughts on “Five things I’ve learned about RPGs from “Mazes & Monsters””

  1. By the way, I own the german-dubbed version and the roleplayers use a very ritualized speech when playing the game like something like "so be it" when acknowledging something to the gamemaster (or whatever he was called in that movie). I have NEVER actually experienced something like that in any roleplaying group I've played in. The writer of that script must have smoked some very strange weed… 🙂

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