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#19997
A Dungeons and Dragons Documentary 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sadly, my dial-up doesn't allow me to view video.
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#19998
A Dungeons and Dragons Documentary 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
The film was interesting, but I must admit to feeling pretty uncomfortable watching it. My gaming groups have always been more 'strategic' and less 'dramatic' in their approach to role-playing, so the thought of sitting at a table with people getting full-on with their role-playing seems a bit scarey. Still, each to their own!

What really amazed me, however, was Stefan's incredible maps. There's no wonder you don't need room descriptions when your cartography looks like that. Wow!

It was also great to see all the AD&D references coming from 1st Edition, my game of choice.
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#19999
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Thanks for the compliments of my maps Otherworld,

My personal D&D sessions (going back 27 years) have always been of the "role playing" sort, strictly in character, often in candlelight, with occaisonal large encounters visualized in miniature...yes, me and my friends are total wierdos...on the other hand I have been a player in sprawling MM environments that were more "combat" and strategic oriented...I have enjoyed both, in the way one enjoys the differences between movies and live theatre. Of course, when I run the miniature sessions it's full on...if you run into 100 orcs, 30 Ogres, and 2 fire giants led by a 12th level evil mage and his cohorts...it's represented on the table..the sheer volume makes it fun, and it's fun to watch area of effect spells take out wide swaths of cannon fodder, ha,ha! The Fun, the Fun!
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#20000
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Stefan,

I finally manged to watch the whole thing and I must say...

That documentary was the most balanced, honest and enlightening documentary on this topic that I have seen so far.

Being an avid fan of both live theatre and of role-playing styled campaigns I personally did not find the voicing in character part disturbing in itself, but I did find the spontaneity of all the player contributions (in said voices) hard to get used to.


With that being said, I thoroughly agree with OW regarding your exceptional maps. In fact, artwork of that calibre screams to be seen!

Is there any chance we could "see" even a limited selection of these in the future? =D

If this is at all possible that would be awesome!


BTW, there's just so many aspects covered in this documentary I'll defer to others for initial comments, otherwise I'll be writing this post all evening.
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#20001
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Uh oh...time out everyone...WOW!
Seconded. Let's end the bickering now.
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#20002
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On one trip to his apartment, he off-handedly said that he used to fully draw out his maps for his campaigns. I asked if I could see some of them, and so he threw a couple of sketchbooks at me. He said that no one else has ever seen them as his players were not allowed to see them -- so I greedily opened them up to have a look.

I was completely floored! There were pages and pages of awesome dungeons and buildings -- each a work of art! He had complete multi-level dungeons drawn in 3D perspective with notes and complete towns and villages too! It was like finding a lost masterpiece at a garage sale! I was so taken by them that I begged him to let me display them at my True Dungeon event.

Anyway, perhaps we can talk Stefan into bringing some of his maps to Gen Con Indy -- and have them posted at the booth and at the artshow. They are really that good. The thing that impressed me the most was the incredible level of detail. His completed campaign map is so amazing that you could spend 30 minutes just hunting for hidden caves, towers and ruins.

What do you say Stefan? Will you bring some to Gen Con?
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#20003
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The voiceover narration is by John Hedigan. Visit www.johnhedigan.com
Except for the chapter on D&D history, everything he reads is from the AD&D players handbook or DM guide.
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#20004
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I would like to see a book of well done generic overland maps of various areas. Maps that you could pull out and plunk down in front of your players and say, 'you are here, the town of whatever is here where are you going, what are you doing?' Drawing maps has always been something of a hassle for me ... the never seem to turn out the way I picture them.

Wouldn't it be nice is some company published just such a book? Some artist could fill in the details, rivers, mountains, swamps, etc, just leave out the place names. The maps could fit into whatever world the buyer had in mind.

Now if we only new an artist that played D&D or a company that produced products for gamers...

I wonder hmmmmmm......

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#20005
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"Thats the secret plan, that what people don't understand...is that this is all just so that when I retire I can have all the dungeon pieces I need to play my game."
-Stefan

Brilliant! What a beautiful way to put your god given talent to work - and what a boon for the rest of us!

Bravo Stefan...and don't retire yet - keep sculpting!!!
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#20006
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Oh, and by the way - excellent video!!!
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#20007
A Dungeons and Dragons Documentary 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Artists who are willing and capable to do good town and city views, as well as 3D perspective maps, are rather thin on the ground. A book or bundle of such maps might make a nice profit. If nothing else, Stefan might be able to scan some of his maps and sell them for a flat fee per download -- minimal investment, minimal risk.

Something I'd REALLY like to see is a regional map that has blank spaces where a GM can put in his own names for places and towns and nations -- that would allow me to adapt my own campaign world(s) to an existing map, without defacing the map or saying, "Okay, where it says 'Far Slamabad' is actually 'Rhorrania', and the 'Plains of Despair' are actually the 'Endless Green'."
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#20008
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Stefan,

Have you ever considered publishing your maps, either online or on paper? I would really like to see more of them, and would certainly buy them if they were available.
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