The Dungeon Master

A couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Youseph let me know about a new gaming-related short film called “The Dungeon Master”. Here’s the synopsis cited from the original site:

After they discover they were both fantasy geeks as kids, Shane and Cooper decide to spend a night playing Dungeons and Dragons. But they canʼt remember the rules, so they invite a true gamer to help them. When he shows up in a cape, things get awkward very quickly…

According to the director’s statement, the film is mostly based on a true story and contrary to what the trailer makes you believe, the story slowly pushes the identification away from the “cool kids” to the geek in a cape. This is definitely a welcome change to the majority of gaming-related films who make fun of our beloved hobby.


The Dungeon Master Trailer from The Strong Brothers on Vimeo.

Hopefully the full short film will be available on DVD at some point in the future, since I doubt I’ll make it to any of those film festivals where it’s shown.

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.

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