AGNES: How did you meet someone from New York?
CHUCK: On a little thing I like to call . . . THE INTERNET! You’ve been on the internet, right?
AGNES: Yeah, we have it at work.
CHUCK: It’s the bomb, right? I got it hooked up at my house. Top of the line. I’m talking 56 kilobits per second! If you ever want to come over and check it out . . .
Ad for 1995 home edition of America Online! Grab your kayaking buddies and enjoy!
Also . . . this.
We’re well into our first week of rehearsals in the spacious Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. This first week of rehearsal is all about building vocabulary: stage combat terminology and basic moves; a thorough understanding of the script and all its references; and an immersion into both the fantasy and real-world settings of the play. Director Shira Milikowsky assigned the actors a series of tasks to flesh out characters and the world of the play.
The first assignment was for each actor to bring in three objects/images that encapsulate the world of the play. Take a look at our collection!
STACKS of comic books!
Dragons, George R.R. Martin Books and useful kerosene lanterns — X-Men cards in the back there!
SNES and FF3!
Tilly and Agnes? Paige and Jordan? Theatrical boundaries blurring? Cute kid photos? So much going on here.
The last two days of rehearsal our actors have been exploring the four arcane elements with fight director Robert Najarian. After experiencing the raw elements in their bodies, the actors began to imagine the elements in combination with each other. Here’s a compilation of clips from one of my older brother’s favorite video games, Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. The spellcasters in the back each cast a raw element spell with earth, fire, lightning/air, water, holy and dark. When you put two spellcasters with different elements next to each other, they can combine their magic to create an even bigger spell.
Well, this is just about the best D&D themed music video ever.
“Goblins all around me I be hackin em all up!”
Full lyrics HERE.
(A parody of “Like a G6” by Far East Movement)
Trailer for upcoming D&D documentary about the history & origin of the game. Gives a great overview & introduction to what the game’s about to the uninitiated!
Perspective from a lady gamer on violence in interactive media. Thanks to Josh and Shira for the find!
From the Boston Phoenix
It’s almost time for our first rehearsal! While preparing to talk D&D with the cast, I came across this awesome article from WIRED magazine on D&D inventors Gary Gygax & Dave Arneson’s history.
Gary Gygax, the no-mercy co-creator of D&D
Smaug, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit made it onto Forbes Fictional 15 list this year. Congratulations to Smaug! Forbes published this article on how to calculate a dragon’s net worth.