I have unfortunately been sick the past two days, and because of that, I have had a chance to go through my Netflix instant queue, watching a lot of stuff I normally don’t have time to sit down and watch. One of the movies I decided to try was The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.
Right from the beginning, you can tell it is a low budget film. That isn’t a bad thing for me, but if you are expecting state of the art spell effects, you’re not going to find them in this movie. It starts out in the actual game world they are playing in, showing the party as it moves through the dungeon and eventually, gets TPKed (Total Party Killed). They are playing D&D in the movie, so if you have experience playing D&D, you will really enjoy the references.
The movie is full of gamer jokes, making fun of classes and stats, and all the things that can normally happen around a table. It is full of humor and yet manages to stay away from most of the raunchy stuff. Everything happens as you expect it would while playing a tabletop rpg. They stay very true to the subject, and it really drew me in.
The characters in the movie are fun and about what you would expect if you played a pick-up game at a game store. How concerned the players were with experience, gold, and seducing the bar maid really made me laugh out loud at some of my own memories of people that I have played with. For just the laughs and memories, the movie is definitely worth watching.
Halfway through the movie, I realized my wife was also watching and laughing too, though she is not really a tabletop gamer. If she enjoyed it, I know most tabletop players will like the movie. Heck, if you have Netflix, just stick it in your instant queue and it won’t cost you anything but the time to sit down and watch it.
Four out of five Bears!