Wednesday, July 13, 2016

D&D as a period icon

So, saw a piece in THE GUARDIAN today about a new Netflix show, STRANGER THINGS, which apparently heavily features D&D as a way to set the characters and milieu (the story's set in 1983, during the peak of D&D's popularity). I haven't seen the show, having just learned of it today, but will have to make some time to give it a try.

As for the long listing they give of examples of D&D showing up on tv and in the movies, and of well-known figures known to have enjoyed the game, I'm surprised they leave out Colbert in the latter group and the final episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in the other, in which Xander teaches Giles how to play D&D the night before they face the final apocalyptic struggle that ends the show (the world survives, but the earth literally opens up and swallows Sunnydale, their home town, forever)

Here's the link to the GUARDIAN piece; I'll probably post more once I've had a chance to watch some of the show and form some sort of an opinion about it.

--John R.
current anime: PSYCHO PASS
current manga: Satoshi Kon's OPUS
current reading: 1s ed PLAYERS HANDBOOK

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