Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness is the D&D Players Movie. The movie producers no longer cared about pleasing the masses and focused on their core audience. After all, after the failure first & second movies who else was there to appeal too? This movie is not in any way connected to it’s predecessors (aside from the number). And that is something to celebrate, the fact that someone must have said “It’s Dungeon’s and Dragons! Just make the movie like the game.” And it is. So if you play D&D you’ll probably be super into it Book of Vile Darkness. However, those who don’t are less likely to appreciate the fan service and more likely to notice the low budget!
I’m sure many of you will be wondering why I haven’t included Amuletts. Well, of course she is one of my favorites but, if you read the comic, you will know quite a lot about her already. I thought I’d give the limelight to somebody else for a change. I hope you enjoy reading about them.
1) Akale O’Dakota
A Halfling Cleric of Raven Spirit whose name means ‘One Who Looks Up’ (because he’s short and worships a bird. See what I did there?) Originally I intended to make him human, but then someone floated the idea of an all-halfling party and everything slotted into place: Halflings like food. Raven Spirit likes food. This character was going to be a chef, adventuring to discover new tastes, ingredients and the best way to cook Dragon Burgers!
Dungeons and Dragons is a role-play game – a game of the imagination – so most of the action goes on inside your head; however, in a big, confusing battle visual repressentation can be useful. Among other things, it stops the characters from spontaneously teleporting from one side of the room to the other (without the use of a spell)! Aside from that it’s nice to see what you’re up against once in a while, to react in genuine horror as the GM reveals the hideous visage of the monster you have to fight (even if it is only 3cm high).
But miniatures are expensive, right? WRONG! You’ve got a piece of paper haven’t you? Well then – get folding and you can have your very own miniature army for mere cost of a bajillion papercuts!
Last year I missed a couple of Cameos so I thought I’d take this opportunity to play catch-up and show that I appreciate them.
First up Tinuvielle appeared in LOVEFEAST, hanging out in the Institute for Training in the Arts of Death and cheering on ‘delicious conflict.’ Well well, isn’t she a dark horse?
LOVEFEAST is a webcomic by Senshuu about former mortals training to become Shinigami: Gods of Death! The characters are learning to cope with their extraordinary new powers and responsibilities whilst struggling to retain their humanity. They are just starting their journey and it’s sure to be an interesting ride! LOVEFEAST is an adult comic and has adult themes delivered with a smidgen of dry humour. Interesting and worth checking out.
Dungeon Legacy by George Ward (aka Dungeon Warden) is, like Epic Fail, is based on Dungeons and Dragons and has been running for, oh, simply ages. It’s a comic I enjoy and have read almost all of it. Dungeon Legacy actually gets on with the story instead of telling stupid jokes! There’s a lesson in there somewhere…
Thanks to everyone in the wonderful webcomics community who have supported Epic Fail and done such great Fan Art and Cameos. It really made my first year a good one. That’s right – Epic Fail is one year old tomorrow! Granted I haven’t updated every week of that year… but I started on January 9th and it’s almost January 9th again. Hurrah!