We rolled a natural 20! It appears a TV series by Hasbro/eOne is in the works based on the popular tabletop game created by Ernest Gary Gygax and David Arneson: Dungeons & Dragons. The game, which is a testament to the powers of the imagination, the use of dice, boards and a few book guides, has picked up speed during the pandemic. Friends gather virtually to play rounds and many have learned to beware the smiling DM, or Dungeon Master, thanks to streaming the game on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. As a result of the game’s booming popularity, a dramatist is now on the books, ready to pitch. That scribe is Derek Kolstad, writer for the acclaimed John Wick series as well as for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Marvel Studios on Disney Plus.

The last time the famous tabletop game had a series on-screen was from 1983 to 1985. The show was called D & D, and it was canceled due to declining viewership. Now the series has picked up in popularity again. Not only are we possibly due for a new TV series based on the game, but also a movie by Paramount and eOne studios starring Chris Pine.

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to possible storylines the series may feature. Now, the game is known as a role-playing game with little moderation aside from the DM, who oversees. Virtually anything may happen in the universe provided the magic, world and setup remain familiar. A smug rogue may help the protagonist find a way to avoid traps and other deadly mechanisms through stealth and trickery. The resident meatshield (or tank) may defend the sorceress while trekking across lands to slay a dragon. Mind Flayer parasites may infect and threaten the lives of characters like what occurs in Baldur’s Gate III, which is also based in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

Regardless of what occurs in the world, we hope the series is a smash hit on one of our favorite streaming platforms, especially since Derek Kolstad is at the helm. A Dungeons & Dragons TV show in a post-COVID world may remind us of the times we were holed up playing distracting fantasy games together, albeit virtually while laughing our orc behinds off. But oh, those were some fun campaigns played and some wonderful friends made as a result.

 

 

Kathy Spangler
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