The third installment of The Gamers independent film series from Dead Gentlemen Productions, will be released online August 15th. In anticipation for the release of The Gamers: Hands of Fates, I thought I'd go back and watch the two previous Gamers movies.
The Gamers films have a huge cult following in the tabletop gaming community.
Last year, when I was just getting into tabletop RPGs, I sought-after any gaming media I could fine. I started listening to actual play podcasts to get an idea of how game play flows. I also started watching YouTube videos of people playing Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons.
Somewhere along the way, I stumbled upon a movie called The Gamers. This is a hilarious independent film about a D&D gaming group who play in a college dorm.
The movie was released in 2002, but it's still just as entertaining a decade later. The story telling style cuts back and forth between the players sitting around the table while they role play, and their actual characters in the fantasy world.
The main characters are an Elven Archer, a Master Thief, an Apprentice Mage, a Barbarian, and a Berserker (who literally does nothing for most of the adventure, because the player for that Berserker is spending time with his girlfriend). The opening credits introduces these character by showing sketches of the characters along with their stats.
The character's story is being narrated by the Dungeon Master and by the players as they explain what their characters are doing. I thought this movie was funny when I was learning how to play Pathfinder. Now that I've been gaming for about a year now, I love this movie even more and I totally get all the jokes.
They go through all the cliché gaming scenarios that every group eventually encounters. From taverns, to ambushes, to failing skill checks, to the death of a PC (Player Character), this gaming group finds interesting and entertaining ways to solve their problems.
With the popularity of all things "geeky" being trendy today, The Gamers is especially refreshing to watch because it's for actual gamers to enjoy. It isn't just "geeky" because that's what's cool right now. This film is tailored for a very niche fanbase, and that's what makes it so great. This truly is a movie created by gamers for gamers, and I can appreciate that.
If you haven't seen this movie, I recommend you pull up a chair and watch it online RIGHT NOW! I won't spoil the ending, but I'll tell you that what happens is totally unexpected.
If you interested in more RPG comedy, check out the Dead Gentlemen Productions website.