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A Dungeon Master uses his gaming nights to inspire his fiction, but his friends, who occupy varying levels of maturity, keep derailing his efforts. In an attempt to complete his campaign, he brings in a new player. Her status as the only female in the group provides an opportunity to explore and mock the misogyny sometimes found among male groups of geeks.

Much of this 2008 indie film's humour comes from the interactions between the real and gaming worlds. Even accidental and incidental occurrences affect what we see in the fantasy realm. Many of the gags require familiarity with Fantasy Role-Playing Games, but others work on the strength of their own absurdity. Some, of course, fall flat.

A low budget can drive good ideas, and some low-budget and indie films deliver impressive visuals. This film, for the most part, uses the cheapest…

Rory read through the online forum posts with a mix of amusement and confusion, nodding in agreement with some of the advice, but mostly feeling bewildered. The topic was How to Spot a Powerful Mage and while some of it was good advice-- maybe not for him, but for other people-- some of it made no sense, or was strangely dramatic and clearly written by people who hadn't ever actually met a powerful mage before.

You could advertise free snacks and beer,…

This is an idea that's been kicking around in my head for a while now. Through my lifetime of musical discoveries I've come across so many one-off albums. Sometimes by reputable and famous artists who have only released one album that's interested me. Sometimes by relatively obscure artists who are only known for one album. But there have been so many great gems that have gone overlooked nestled in various discographies, either through their obscurity or because of some prejudice against the artist…

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