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And Thus Spake the Dungeon Masters

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From Twitch:

An evil drow elf is displaced by
Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a “Sphere of
Annihilation.” A failed super-villain starts a cable-access show
involving ninjas, puppets and a cooking segment.
These
are the characters, real and imagined, of Keven McAlester’s documentary
THE DUNGEON MASTERS. Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class
America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and
Dragons, the storied role- playing game, and its various descendants.
As their baroque fantasies clash with mundane real lives, the
characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear,
loneliness, and disappointment with the game’s imaginary triumphs. Soon
the true heroic act of each character’s real life emerges, and the film
follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it. Along the
way, THE DUNGEON MASTERS re-imagines the tropes of classic heroic
cinema, creating an intimate portrait of minor struggles and triumphs
writ large.

Roll 1d10. Dungeon Masters is…
   10: The greatest movie of all time
   9: The greatest documentary of all time
   7-8: A stirring look inside the world of seriously dedicated role-players
   4-6: An informative look at crazy people who take Dungeons & Dragons way too seriously
   2-3: Going to embarrass pretty much everyone who reads Topless Robot when it finally premieres
   1: Your first starring role

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.