Your highness — game night at the movies

This week not everyone could make it to the D&D game, so I canceled it and suggested that anyone who could, join me to see Your Highness.  This is not a movie I would drag my wife to (I did drag her to all three Lord of the Rings movies and she enjoyed them in spite of herself, but…), but perfect for Dad’s Night Out (DNO).  DNO is usually actually Dad’s Night In the Basement Playing D&D but in theory both Mom and Dad get to do their own thing one night a week.  My wife usually sees her friends, or goes to a movie I don’t want to see, or something like that.  Not every week has a DNO or MNO but it’s been nice to give each other permission for it.

Anyway before the movie we had dinner at a chain restaurant (the one in the news lately for serving Margarita mix to a toddler instead of apple juice).  It was me, Matt, Richard, and Tom.  We talked politics a bit, and Matt reminded me that when college lets out next month he’ll be out of the game for a while.  He was a little bummed that he’ll fall behind in XP, and that reminded me of why I liked the 4e thing where everyone in aparty is always the same level.  On the other hand B/X characters don’t really need to be all of the same level, and advancement slows a lot in these middle levels (most PCs are around 5th level now), so it may not be an issue.  (I kind of suspect he’ll eventually find a group of players closer to his age anyway, and just hope he spreads the Old School gospel a bit when he does.)  Who knows, by the fall Telengard may have run its course and Tom could be DMing again.  We’ll see.  It does make me want to try and make sure a climax of some kind happens in Matt’s last session.  There are rumors that the pirates of Delos mean to raid Skara Brae…

Richard & I drank some watered down Dos Eques; Tom is not really a drinker and Matt is under age to drink so they watched the movie with no chemical enhancement at all.  Still, we all liked it.  We are all gamers, and that probably is the key.  So I hate to write a review that says “It’s a great movie if you like that sort of thing” but really it is.  There is some seriously crude humor, but the only joke that might have been out of bounds was a pedophilia gag.  I guess that’s funnier if you don’t have kids.  Probably the fact that we were watching a comedy in a mostly empty theater made the movie seem a little less funny.  It’s stupid but hearing other people laugh can make a movie funnier for me.

Without giving away any spoilers, I would highly recommend this movie to any gamer.  It was far better than any of the “fantasy” movies on SyFy.  It was funnier than that “Krod Mandoon” show on Comedy Central (although that show had its moments).  There were some scenes that seemed pretty close to what happens in a typical gaming session, at least in my gaming group, and I would guess that some of the writers and actors (who I understand did a lot of ad-libbing) are familiar with D&D.  There were other scenes that played to the general tropes of fantasy movies and fairy-tales, but not so much mocking them as embracing them. Throughout, the film had great scenery, costuming, and the special effects were a little over-the-top but still stylish and exciting.  There was a little less gore than the first Conan movie but there was plenty of blood.  Really the whole thing was very entertaining; it is worth seeing.

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  1. We’re off to see it tomorrow.


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