I'm going to just go ahead and say what we all already know:
No one has a lot of hope that the new D&D movie is going to be what we in the business call "good."
And that is sad. It is sad because it means that we have suffered through crappy ones in the past - I will never get the vision of Jeremy Irons trying to give life to that movie with a look on his face that just said "Why am I here?" - both of the animated and live action variety, and nothing we have ever seen has in any way prepared us for the idea that it could be good.
Frankly, the best "D&D" movies that have been produced have had nothing to do with the actual role-playing game and were just thematically appropriate and awesome. In the age of crowdfunding and fan films, there have been numerous awesome ones about role-playing, LARPing, the players themselves, and even the stories that have come from them. Some of them are straight up brilliant.
But we don't have a lot of confidence do we?
I mean, I have to admit to skepticism when they announced 5th Edition as well though, and I think they knocked that out of the park, and I had my misgivings for much the same reason. I was underwhelmed by 4th Edition.
And now with some talk that it will be a cross between Tolkien and Guardians of the Galaxy? I don't know, could be awesome, could be terrible.
But maybe I'm wrong. How about you? Are you interested or terrified at the prospect of this new movie?
So here we are, we have launched our podcast, at least we have launched it in the most technical of ways. It is recorded, edited, and posted online for your streaming pleasure.
We are going to advertise our "official" launch likely later this week and you'll see more then, but that has more to do with ensuring it is on iTunes so that it can be easily downloaded onto your devices than anything else. Once that is completed, we will be set and ready to go.
We already have Part Two of Episode One in the can, and will be releasing that shortly. We are looking at plans for the recording sessions for Episode Two, which I think will end up being quite a bit shorter than this one.
In all of our conversations we have decided that a rough release schedule following our "official" launch will likely be one episode every two weeks. on an ongoing basis.
That being said, we are looking at all kinds of other projects and releases that we haven't been able to talk much about as of yet. And some of those projects will remain that way, others not so much.
So what are they?
1. Other kinds of episodes. There may be mailbag episodes, episodes wherein VP Quinn talks about his various GMing, there may be episodes wherein Joel discussing role-playing in video games, and we are actively exploring theory episodes, interview episodes, and even actual play episodes.
2. Did anyone say Twitch? We are looking at launching a channel, but are in the very fetal stages of discussing what that might look like or what forms that would take. Would we see Joel playing his beloved flight simulator games? Would it look like VP Quinn running running actual play D&D? We don't know yet, but are excited to find out.
3. Product releases? We are actively looking at producing a product that will help any 5th Edition D&D players transform their campaigns into a Stone Age setting prior to the rise of the Age of Man, which is the Tolkien inspired default setting for most fantasy RPGs. We are talking with a designer, but still looking to nail down artists, so if you know people with design or artistic skill sets, let us know - we are looking to pay.
4. Product development? There has been some talk about working on producing our setting known right now only as Elkanah as a default world for people to use in their fantasy campaigns. We are honestly unsure how that will play out at this stage, but thought we should mention it.
And there are other ideas that are percolating, of course, but nothing more that we can talk about yet.
So how can you help?
Contact us and send us questions! We want and need those for our podcast, we will answer as many of them as we can on the air.
Like and Share our Facebook Page! This will allow you to easily keep up with every announcement we make, and sharing it helps your friends on social media to get to know us.
Follow and Retweet our Twitter Account! These social media platforms are where people tend to go when looking for hobby related stuff, and we want to get people listening to us.
Sell your House and Give us all of Your Money! Basically just this. Do this.
Episode One - Adam's Wrath, 2nd Edition AD&D (Ravenloft)
Episode Two - Beneath the Mask, Dread RPG
Episode Three - Rifts Mercenaries Adventure - Rifts
Episode Four - Lost Mine of Phandelver, 5th Edition D&D (Forgotten Realms)
Episode Five - Night of the Walking Dead - 2nd Edition AD&D (Ravenloft)
Episode Six - Dawn of the Artifacts 1: Dusk - 4th Edition Shadowrun
Episode Seven - Greyhawk Ruins, 2nd Edition AD&D (Greyhawk) - Rifts
Episode Eight - Chronica: Age of Exploration - Pathfinder
So this is what we have set up thus far, any suggestions?
Hey everyone, we here at High Level Games are looking at all kind of options and while we are mostly committed to focusing on creating quality podcast content we are also looking at a couple of other projects, some of which I can't talk about quite yet.
However, we are feeling out the initial phase of a small project that may or may not turn into something else.
So what are we doing? We are doing a short document that we will likely put up on a digital download distribution for a price point that is low enough that we can encourage the largest number of downloads. This is going to be a guide/setting product at 20-36 pages that will be able to show everyone how to transform their D&D 5th Edition campaign into a Stone Age setting. The content and writing will be handled in house, but we are looking for help with things like layout and graphic design and original artwork. This will likely include at least one world map, cover art, and a several smaller interior pieces.
How much can we pay? I'll be honest, we don't know. We don't want to be assholes about the process and do what I know devalues artists and creative professionals and offer them no money for "exposure" or whatever, but we don't really have any money for this project (or at least very little) and expect to make no or very little money from it, it is something of a passion project. That being said - we want to be fair, and we want good art. I will say that we are happy to talk, take quotes, and work something out. This is our first kick at the can, bear with us, but chat with us and let's see what we can do!
The best way to contact us? Likely on Twitter or Facebook, or you can use the contact form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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