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The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008)

Lodge, a gaming geek, takes his playing very seriously, unlike his babyish friends who'd rather be immature. He decides to shake things up by introducing two unconventional people to their group.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Rice Nathan Rice ... Sir Osric / Lodge
Carol Roscoe Carol Roscoe ... Daphne / Joanna
Brian Lewis Brian Lewis ... Brother Silence / Cass / Rennard
Scott C. Brown Scott C. Brown ... Flynn / Leo / Turk
Christian Doyle Christian Doyle ... Luster / Gary / Fastidian / Undead Fastidian
Jennifer Page ... Luster (female) / Professor (as Jen Page)
Geoff Gibbs Geoff Gibbs ... Mort Kemnon
Ed Gibbs Ed Gibbs ... Hierophant
Don Early Don Early ... Mort Agrippa / Mummy #1 / Goblin
Sean K. Reynolds Sean K. Reynolds ... Inquisitor (as Sean Reynolds)
Chris Duppenthaler Chris Duppenthaler ... Mark
Julia Vancil Julia Vancil ... Goblin Queen
Steve Wolbrecht Steve Wolbrecht ... Nodwick / Voice of Drazuul
Emily Olson Emily Olson ... Therin, Goddess of Light
John Frank Rosenblum ... King Erasmus the Randomly Biased
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All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they're more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Desperate to rein in his players, Lodge injects two newbies into the distrust: a non-player character controlled by Lodge, who the power gamers immediately distrust, and the rarest gamer of all -- a girl. Can the group overcome their bickering to save the kingdom, or will the evil necromancer Mort Kemnon triumph unopposed? A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery -- in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys. Game on! Written by Matt Vancil

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Daphne: What did the barmaid say?
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Everything that the official movies should have been... and more!
30 August 2008 | by ThePsychicPotatoSee all my reviews

Just got back from the European Premiere of The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.

All I can say is that if you are a gamer (CRPG, RPG or LARP), then this movie is for you. And if you're not a gamer? Well, it's still a great deal of fun.

The acting is certainly not Oscar-worthy, but in the whole element of the movie it adds to the charm. The humour is everywhere, along with some very nice touches (the tribute to Gary Gygax is especially well done, if you can spot it). The cast are very down to earth in their appearance, befitting the fact that they are ordinary people enjoying an ordinary hobby.

The quality of the movie's sound and vision are adequate, but again, it all just adds to the atmosphere that helps to define this movie as being the Dungeons and Dragons movie, written and performed by gamers for gamers.

Not afraid to use terminology specific to one system, they still manage to allow product placement to be a part of the movie, but in a very understandable and utterly fair manner. It also touches on some of the perceived prejudices that some gamers can have about other gamers and deals with that quite well.

All in all the movie is very much driven by an well-thought-out equal balance of character, plot and entertainment (the Bard is amazingly good value-for-money).

In the end it does make scoring this movie quite hard, so I have given it 2 scores.

Score (for non-RP'ers): 7/10 (A few moments could go way over your head, but the main sections of the movie just work so hard and achieve so much more.)

Score (for RP'ers): 10/10 (Everything fits together, in the perfect quantities, and with the perfect charm and sentiment)


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