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As a teen I had heard
about the darker corners of high school where the kids who played the
role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (otherwise known
as D&D) lurked about, but was far too intimidated by these cool
nerds to crash their role-playing party. Heres a quick synopsis
for the D&D neophyte: The players of D&D devise fictitious characters
who broach upon illusory adventures of battles with monsters, the collecting
of treasure, and the earning of experience points while maintaining interaction
and working with each other throughout the game. D&D deviates from
the conventional wargaming in that it delegates a specific
character to each player. Sound complicated? It kind of is.
Majesty: Say Yes to Your Majesty
I was a kid, long before the term gaming became an
addition to popular culture, my friends and I played one of two
types of game, the bored game or video game. In the
early 80s Atari became a very welcome supplement to my intake
of play-time activities; I spent a lot of time perfecting my maneuvers
for Frogger which made me a bit of a master myself.
Recently, I made an attempt at the game Black and
was killed instantly, five times in a row. I guess my gaming career
ended back in 1985 with the import of Nintendo from Japan to the
Fortunately for me, I can live vicariously through the cast of Dungeon
Majesty without feeling like Ive skipped a beat or a couple of decades.
Dungeon Majesty is a PBS show broadcast out of Los Angeles that attempts
to bring the role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, to life with a cast
of characters who includes LaTiza (sorcerer), Mystika (human), Shakuntala
(half elf), Devastina (brawny human), and of course the ubiquitous Dungeon
Master in the flesh.
The creators of the show have done a meritorious job of bringing this
game, which was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, to
life with a resonance that can be felt by those who havent dared
touch the game with a ten foot sword.
I was introduced to the show via a premiere at the Vine Theater in LA
March 2006, which included episodes 4, 5, and 6, and have been a self-professed
Dungeon Majesty addict since. Yes, a spell has been cast upon me that
I can not seem to break, nor do I want to; thats the power of Dungeon
Majesty. Of course it helps that the cast of characters is totally hot;
if nothing else their presence will lure you in.
Perhaps the show can best be summed up by JJ Stratford (otherwise known
as Mystika), "You dont have to be a gamer to love
Dungeon Majesty. Were a fantasy adventure show based on Dungeons
and Dragons; we each have a character and we act out our game and then
we go on a quest to bring back the fame sort of. Its kind of like
George Lucas but inverted and low-budget, like if George Lucas only had
To experience the charm of Dungeon Majesty please visit their web-site
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