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There's a movie coming out this year called Gamers, a lighthearted mockumentary about my favorite hobby from writer/director Christopher Folino.

Filmed through the lens of an ever-present camera crew, Gamers shares the story of a group of high school friends on the eve of breaking the longest streak of D&D competition. (That’s Demons, Nymphs, and Dragons.) 23 years and some ridiculous 70,000+ hours after school, weekends and into their adult lives has the gang played and they are now one session away from snatching the record held by some Iowa corn farmers.
Eric Childress,
You have to check out some of the clips and quotes from the movie. Hilarious stuff. Could it be there's finally a movie that does the hobby justice, even if it's poking fun?

According to at least one review, it's well-produced despite a limited budget, attracting cameo appearances from well-known actors such as Beverly D'Angelo and Kelly Le Brock, who the filmmakers would never have been able to afford. They appear in the film because they like the material.

If this film lacks anything it's the chance for exposure to be given an opportunity to find an audience. Apparently it has been passed over by a number of the major film festivals in the USA. Gamers has a redeeming atmosphere and reminds me of what might have happen if the creators of Napoleon Dynamite meet up with the team behind the National Lampoon films.

The production values and quality of this film far exceed its budget and the team behind Gamers should be proud of their film. Gamers is an original and funny independent film, something many Hollywood comedies today don't delivery even with their A list cast and huge budgets.

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And some quotes to give you an idea of what the movie is all about...

PAUL: Okay. You know what? I was gonna wait until everybody else got here, but... There's your present, Reese. It's a comforter. It's got the names of every character that has died on Reese's watch listed out on it. It's a California King size. It's full on both sides. Here, help me hold it up for the camera. Show 'em.

REESE: He's joking. You're joking, aren't you?

PAUL: Well, actually, I am. It's only on one side, my mom kinda ran outta time, but there are more names on this than on the AIDS quilt. I checked it out, Reese.


KEVIN: You're introduced to Baytor, the bard, who for five gold pieces will sing you a song about the legend of Theddian Selimar. Kevin gets his guitar ready.

REESE: Five gold pieces? Damn, does a wand of blow jobs come with the song?

I can't seem to find a release date, though. I've gotta get a copy of this movie.

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Comments on Gamers
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:57:00 PM
Totally off the subject, but happy 4/20.
  Comment from Blogger MacFurious at Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:13:00 PM
I can't wait to get my hands on this... :)
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Saturday, June 17, 2006 6:18:00 AM
Just wanted to point out that cathodetan linked to this post. Honestly, I think that's the first completely unsolicited link I've ever gotten on another blog. Thanks, CT. I'm going to put you in my blogroll links.

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