The Dungeon Masters

The Dungeon Masters

DVD - 2010
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An evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillian starts a cable access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment. These are the characters, real and imagined, of Keven McAlester's new documentary film, The Dungeon masters. Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants. As their baroque fantasies clash with real lives, the characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game's imaginary triumphs. Soon the true heroic act of each character's real life emerges, and the film follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it. Along the way, The Dungeon Masters reimagines the tropes of classic heroic cinema, creating an intimate portrait of minor struggles and triumphs writ large.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL : MPI Media Group, 2010.
ISBN: 9780788611032
Branch Call Number: 793.93 DUN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 14, 2017

This dvd answered some of my curiosity about the obsession some people have with the decades-old Dungeons & Dragons game. I had a very basic character in a game and saw how complex it can be. Over time, one builds their character(s)' levels, gaining powers, potions, weapons, relationships, etc. This movie showed some game activities at a convention, including interesting cosplay. No drugs nor alcohol, and they're enjoying their time together. SPOILER RE: the DMaster in this video: He felt his devoted band of gamers had gotten too greedy, so he killed them off. That's it. Used his power to kick them out. Then later he wanted to start a new game, but they refused - a surprise only to him.

Apr 24, 2012

This somewhat funny and strange look at extreme fans of the fantasy genre had me remembering an old high school acquaintance who loved Anime as much. Thankfully, I never went to such extremes by dressing-up and going to conventions, but whatever. This film is an interesting look at it.

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