Monday, February 27, 2012

Is It Just Me?

Many, many moons ago, my best friend Dan and I regularly attended midnight movies. For the most part we saw Mad Max, Dawn of the Dead (original), Life of Brian, and a healthy dose of:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The volume at these events was shattering, but we didn't care. You see, Dan and I have  . . . let's just say, odd senses of humor.

(We laughed until we almost threw up at the "Bigus Dickus" scene in Life of Bryan.)

Anyway, even though I can quote that movie front to back, I was missing something: Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a rousing good D&D adventure. Think about it. We have:

The Adventuring Party
     See above photo. That was a straight up PARTY. It had a leader. It had the talented, but brash warrior. The wise companion. Comic relief. Not exactly your D&D mix, but still all were filling a particular niche and never stepped on each others' toes.

Set-Piece Fight
     Establishes the leader's prowess. The encounter with the Black Knight shows that while Arthur is open-minded, he is not to be fucked with. Like any good D&D player, when the NPC reaction roll doesn't pass muster, he calls for Initiative.

A Crazy Hermit Gives Enigmatic Advice
   How many times have we seen and/or used this old guy, cackling and dispensing enigmatic advice?

(of course this is the bridge keeper, but they are one and the same character)

Sex-starved Virgins
     More of a staple of games played by adolescent males, they did make an appearance.

Divine Intervention
     Break out Gods, Demigods, and Heroes, the party is about to get hit with a divine Quest. What page was Yahweh on?

Ancient Artifacts

And the number of the counting shall be three.

I could go on, but you get the idea.  It's all there.

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