Stop me if you've heard this before... There is a D&D movie in the works. This movie, the third attempt, is called The Book of Vile Darkness. Though I haven't seen it confirmed anywhere I can only assume this movie, like the second one, will be a made for TV SciFi channel movie.
I'll be honest, I don't have a whole lot of hope for this movie. The first one was a train wreck, the second one was a low budget film that did its best but mostly fell short. They seem to have a new director and a bunch of inexperienced B film actors. Like I said, don't get your hopes up. That having been said, it should still be light years better than the first one.
For their part, Wizards of the Coast is supporting the film by having a contest where people can submit their characters for a part in the movie. Head over and read the contest rules and enter if you dare.
ready for your close up? Now's your chance to turn those daydreams into a
Dungeons & Dragons and Silver Pictures are joining together for the ultimate
casting call in search of the most menacing, flavorful NPC as created by you.
The winning character will be brought to life on the big screen – played by YOU.
That's right, you'll be packing your bags for Louisiana where the upcoming
original movie, Book of Vile Darkness, will finish shooting after weeks of
production in Eastern Europe. There, with a little help from the talented hair
and make-up department, you'll be transformed into the winning character your
created and then whisked off to the set to portray that character in an epic
battle scene in the movie.
To enter, create a heroic tier (1st – 10th level) character using the D&D
Character Builder tool, currently available through Dungeons & Dragons Insider.
Your character should lend itself to:
* Evil or mercenary behavior
* Magic and spell casting
And be one of the following races:
* Longtooth Shifter
* Razorclaw Shifter
Add no more than 100 words of flavor to the submissions box along with your
complete name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, and daytime and evening
Save your character as a PDF (instructions below) and attach it to your
Contest ends January 1st.
See you on the big screen!
How to Save Your Character as a PDF
On a PC:
To save your character, first you'll need a PDF printer driver.
Common PDF printer drivers are
* PDF Creator
* Adobe Acrobat (the full version, not the free Reader).
Once one of these drivers is installed, just go to the character sheet page in
the D&D Character Builder and click Print. The print window will come up, select
the PDF printer from the list of available printers and click print. The Save As
window will come up, enter your last name for the output file and click save.
Make sure to attach the PDF to the entry form.
On a Mac:
To save your character, go to Print, click PDF, then save as PDF. Enter your
last name for the output file and click save. Make sure to attach the PDF to the
As for the movie, we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe this is the one that will beat the odds and be a really cool film despite budget constraints. I have a feeling that Dead Gentlmen's The Gamers and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising are going to continue to be the real D&D movies.
Though the budget for the new D&D movie is no doubt meager it makes the budget for Dorkness Rising look like pocket change. Just imagine what Dead Gentlemen could put out with resources like that. I think someone should find out.
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George R. R. Martin recently announced that that he was going to be at a fan organized event on January 9th in LA. He also stated that he might have one or two really exciting announcements that day. Now I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but assuming that the rumor we talked about earlier is true, this could be the announcement that A Dance With Dragons is finally complete!
Obviously this is just guess work and should be filed firmly under 'rumor' for the time being, but I for one have a really good feeling about this.
Keep your fingers crossed!
It's a wrap! HBO has recently finished principal filming on their upcoming series for George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. They still have plenty of work to do in post production, but this is a big step. The show won't premiere until April, but I'm sure we can look forward to seeing some of the new footage in a trailer or two in between now and then.
Winter is coming folks, but it can't get here fast enough!
Thanks to all those responded via email and in our comments section to my call for help in finding a mass combat system. I guess I never realized how many mass combat systems were out there. The sheer number available is slightly jaw dropping.
Wanting to compile a comprehensive list of the systems that seemed most promising, I took the suggestions from those kind enough to offer them and added some of the other systems I had heard of by word of mouth and online. I couldn't seem to get the preliminary list down below 20 so I just gave up and left it at that. As I look through each system I'm sure I'll eliminate some fairly quickly.
Here is the list...
- Conan d20
- Tunnels & Trolls
- D&D Rules Cyclopedia
- Legend of the Five Rings
- GURPS Mass Combat
- Savage Worlds
- Decipher's Lord of the Rings RPG
- Rolemaster’s War Law
- The Flower of Battle for the Riddle of Steel
- A Song of Ice and Fire RPG
- Burning Empire (By Burning Wheel)
- Army of Darkness RPG
- Black Company Campaign Setting
- Cry Havoc
- Way of the Daimyo
- Empire (Alderac)
- Fields of Blood (Eden Studio)
- Birthright Campaign Setting
Some of these I already have but haven't looked at, while others will require me to head over to DriveThruRPG for the PDF to save money. This seems to be a more epic undertaking than I had anticipated, but it seems like it might be a lot of fun!
If anyone has any experience with one or more of these and doesn't think they are worth my time and money please let me know via email or in the comments section.
I need a mass combat system for a fantasy game and I can't seem to find the right one. For as long as I've been playing RPGs a great mass combat system seems to be that one thing that is just out of reach. So I thought I'd turn to you, noble readers.
Please feel free to help out by recommending your favorite mass combat system and let me know why it is head and shoulders above the rest.
A lot of great new shots and plenty of behind the scenes wisdom from the show's creators, including George R. R. Martin himself.
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