So, yes, I played Dungeons and Dragons. I still would, if I had the time, or the group of friends, or something. I enjoyed the creativity, the friendship, the fun. I even kind of enjoyed the geekiness of it all. Heck, I even attended the annual convention held by the company that owns Dungeons and Dragons. Actually, I guess it was there that I realized that I was but an amateur in the depths of D&D geekiness to which one can subscribe. The costumes, the carrying on in real life of characters and plots, the seriousness with which some of the silliness is taken.
Now, on the 35th anniversary of the game, comes this. A gaming group that gets together to play on a weekly basis has begun to make videos of their adventures. With costumes. And “special” effects. You really have to watch it to believe it. Yes, it is work-safe, but only if you’re not afraid of dying of embarrassment. Even if you’ve never heard of D&D, you can’t help but feel for these gloriously geeky folks.
I can hardly stand it. I have to go watch it again.
[Note: yes, at first blush this looks like amateurish fetish porn, but as you watch they come across more like hopeless geeks and less like Eastern European immigrant hookers… I mean, the sheer geekiness of the magic missile effects, and the flip-book giant centipede… and the soft-focus horse-riding… pure innocent genius.]