Tag Archives: Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons. Will There Be Honor Among Thieves in this Reboot?

21 Jul

Dungeons and Dragons Honor Amongst ThievesWelcome to Dungeons and Dragons, where every misstep takes you to unknown dangers, hidden mysteries, and perhaps even a plot to overthrow the world of Greyhawk. The first version of this game used this setting created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson when it was still being developed. But ownership changed over the decades since its inception.

Wizards of the Coast aka Hasbro now owns and manages the property once owned by TSR Games, and I hope the history will be acknowledged when Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves hits theatres early next year.

To not pay tribute to these roots will have fandom make a public outcry. Instead of Greyhawk, the realm is known as Forgotten Realms.

Dungeons & Dragons, at its core, are about adventuring and delving into worlds to which the storyteller, the Dungeon Master, reveals through improv, acting, and theatrics. Players will often respond in kind, and that’s why we enjoy watching twitch streams and YouTube broadcasts of celebrity talents playing the game. From Critical Role to Ready to Roll (our favourite and interview can be read here), the list doesn’t end there.

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A Filthy Lot’s D&D Renactment Is Here!

10 Apr

A Filthy Lot Entertainment Inc. LogoAt long last is A Filthy Lot’s “A Meeting with Hammerlain,” a fully realised reenactment off one of the key moments from their D&D gaming channel. The group has to meet one of the magistrates, and what’s seen is a demonstration of what this studio can produce independent of the studio system in Vancouver, BC.

The delay is due to the team wanting to fine tune the edit and effects. They want the transition from one world to another seamless. The costumes are terrific and the encounter are as engaging as an episode of Stargate Atlantis. The behind-the-scenes team may have once worked at Bridge Studios before joining this company!

AFL’s flagship product is Ready to Roll, a web series where their in-house group of gamers are dealing with threats to the world of Altera. People can naviate the world through portals, but the politics and who can use them are in question. And not everyone knows they can transport folk to alternate dimensions.

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A Filthy Lot, From Startup to Vancouver’s Variety Channel for Gamers & Nerds Alike

17 Nov
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(Top to Bottom): Nadav Sacha-Santo, Trevor Gemma, Billie Taylor and Chris Livingston.

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

A Filthy Lot Entertainment is a relatively new North Vancouver based company who encourages content creators to just do it. A Filthy Questline is one of their three channels (the others are the main, an anything goes, and comedy channel) where talents can show off their love for pop culture. Whether that’d be with comic book movies, board games, video games or role-playing, there’s a lot more to this company than meets the eye.

Christopher Livingston is the CEO and Trevor Gemma is the CCO of this company. Before creating this company, they both had careers in the local film/television scene. The former was a lighting technician but he wanted to produce. Part of his credits include The Killing, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The latter was an actor with the desire to craft his own productions. From a local cult hit Gutterballs to The Little Mermaid, a horror film, to Riese the Series (web) his success was as varied as the wind that guides him. The two met during production of Riese

“It was a magical little web series everyone became friends on, which doesn’t happen very often in the film. I’ve made a lot of long-term friends there, including Chris, Nadav, and Mischa, who were with us when we started the company,” said Gemma.

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The Deets on AFL’s Ready to Roll D&D Debut!

5 Nov

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

A Filthy Lot Entertainment Inc (AFL) is “Ready to Roll” with their in-house team playing Dungeons and Dragons. The watch party will begin on National D&D Day, Nov 5th, at 3:30pm (PST) on Twitch! They’ll also offer some pretty cool prizes post episode for those who can answer the tough trivia. Who knows, maybe the answers are tucked within the reveals in the information presented here too. 

Instead of bringing recognizable personalities to play the game on YouTube, this show brings talents from all walks of life together–mostly those who moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue a career in the film or entertainment industry–to enjoy the game as its always been designed for: to have fun, sling a sword and throw spells around. “They tried in the past with a cartoon and a movie in 2002 to make D&D into a cinematic experience, but the biggest mistake is that they scripted it. D&D is often improvised,” said Chris Livingston and Trevor Gemma, founders of this company.

What will be presented is how ‘As the world of Altero turns.’ Roz Young and Matt Baker created this techno-fantasy realm that the AFL senior staff took a liking to and want to realize as a series. “The main global conflict is the fight for technology and magic dominance, related control over the portals that link parts of this world for fast travel but also to the alternate dimension, where tech can be fused with magic,” said the creators. “Orleana is the country that controls most of the portals and the link from Altero Nought to Altero Prime.” 

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When Stranger Things and D&D’s Adventure Party Grows…

15 Jan

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(The Vintage Tempest)

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Will, Mike, Dustin and Lucas think life is back to normal, but I suspect the Upside Down has other plans. We just don’t see it just yet, until a crack breaks reality. Just what lies beyond it could be anything, and as anyone knows–from season two to which this tale takes place after–someone has to seal the rift, that crack from one dimension to another. Thankfully it’s been closed, and now the boys bring in Eleven and Maxine to the game of Dungeons and Dragons. The artwork of Diego Galindo fantstically shows that the girls aren’t all that enthused.

The theme remains consistent with how everyone must back each other if they are to succeed. But this time, there are other forces who can hamper their progress. Hooper finally makes an appearance in this tale, and Eleven shows she’s not in full control of her psionic abilities.

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