Saturday, November 22, 2008

Striking GOLD

I'll admit it: I've often thought about what a professional RPG league would look like. Traveling tournaments, sponsors, prize money, national teams, the whole shebang.

Documentaries, movies, and other entertainment formats tackling Role Playing Games have definitely been hit-and-miss over the years (with an inordinate amount of "miss" included), but the new web series "GOLD" shows promise while tackling that exact premise. A U.S. team of roleplayers tries to overcome their internal strife and personal demons while preparing for the world Goblins & Gold Championships, which are mere weeks away. I also found it funny that the characters are struggling with the decline of their "sport" in the U.S. versus MMORPGs. Rage against the dying light, fellas.

A short prologue is up, and I'm pleased to say that the acting for this series appears to be well-ahead of many other efforts of this type that we've seen. If the quality holds up, I expect some good things from these guys. I believe the premise is interesting, and am curious to see what the next episode on December 19th holds. Check "GOLD" out for yourself to root on the U.S. (or U.K.) team in their battle to take home the top RPG honors.

7 comments:

Rich said...

Watching it now...

I think you're right--the acting's pretty solid! That's a nice change!

Zachary The First said...

Yeah, it seems to be pretty good quality thus far. It looks like it'll be an episode a month--I'm wondering what length will be on future ones.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I expected the worst, but that wasn't too bad at all!

Jonathan is the team captain? Man needs to get his head straight. :)

Chris Tregenza said...

Tangentially to this...

I've never understood the idea of competitive role playing. To me, this goes against the whole point of the game.

To me the game is about infinite possibilities, all of which are valid. To say one person is better role player or that this party achieved more objectives than that party is just meaningless.

Zachary The First said...

@ Chris: I feel the same way. But that doesn't mean I haven't thought a lot about it.

I'm curious to see how they score things. :)

David Nett said...

Thanks for the nice words, folks. In answer to a couple of questions:

1) episodes in the season proper will be 8-12 minutes in length (plus credits). Season 1 is 6 episodes (plus the prologue). Season two, if we're lucky enough to raise the funds, will be the same.

2) I never really understood competitive gaming, either. It seemed such a weird motivation to play. But I wanted to make the series a parallel to the kind of sports TV shows and movies see everyday, and that involved competition. In the coming weeks I'll get a chance to blog a bit on the site about how the competition works in GOLD.

Thanks for the interest in the and support of the series. I hope you continue to enjoy it. And thanks for keeping tabletop RPG alive. Sign up for the mailing list if you wanna be kept up to date on what's happening.

--David (Jonathan)

Theresa said...

Pretty good stuff!