Saturday, March 8, 2008

Someone please write this up, film it, send link

I just had a thought that a funny skit or short film would be a fantasy setting with a typical group of adventurers on some kind of quest. The characters would have strange, major quirks, like one guy's inordinately proud of his ornate shield, one seems to be obviously planning to kill everyone else and steal their gold, but no one seems to mind particularly. They butcher everything that crosses their path, and they feel a great sense of accomplishment each time something dies by their swords. Everything they kill is carrying or guarding some gold coins, which they pick up and carry along, eventually staggering. Slowly anachronisms would be revealed, in speech, in events, in accoutrements. Maybe there's one female character, and they all keep making fun of her until she gets mad and stabs one of them, not fatally, at which point they become extremely contrite. And of course, haha, it's eventually revealed that they're D&D characters.

I had this idea because I used to play a Ranger who had a cloak lined with pockets in which he kept a variety of important things -- gunpowder, spices, tobacco, spell ingredients -- I had this list of fifty items. It was like a medieval fly-fishing vest. As I was reading about Gary Gygax, I thought of how this supposedly formidable, silent warrior, Rogan (who was named well before Rogaine, by the way) would look in real life, striding along, bulging pockets all over the place, his trousers sagging with all the things in his pockets, rattling, smelling funny.

6 comments:

wcs said...

At first I thought you were describing the current US presidential campaign... until I got to the part about contrition.

Bill Braine said...

It worketh on many levels. Karl Rove is DM.

Claudia in Toronto said...

Sometimes, I really don't know what you're talking about. PLEASE keep it up. It took me a long time to understand Shakespeare. It was well worth the effort...

BarbaraCA said...

I see some material here for quite a disturbing interpretive dance troupe.

Suzanne said...

I'll start the script. My best friend's husband (sadly) can star in it. My best friend would be happy, though, if he somehow actually made some money off of it, after the many hours wasted on that game.

I'll get started right after I finish my husband's Night Elf Hunter costume for Halloween...

Anonymous said...

HI Bill,

My mom sent me your blog and I've been enjoying your archive. It looks like you have a lot of fun in the Hudson Valley.

Chris McEnroe