Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Best D-n-D Movie Ever?

Watched a D-n-D movie this weekend. Three fighters (or a fighter, barbarian and monk, if you’re more Advanced), a thief and a magic-user head out into the wilderness, tackle a wizard’s keep, delve into a forgotten temple and wind up the session by killing a demon. The chaotic thief steals a jewel and backstabs a guy on a horse, the magic-user casts find person, knock and maybe eyebite, the fighting-men kill lots of cultists, men-at-arms and the aforementioned wizard and demon – pretty good game, all in all.

So here’s my question – did D-n-D influence Conan the Destroyer? Was Roy Thomas playing the game back in the day? Or is it just two things influenced by the same material?

Using a 1-12 range for levels, one of the old 3E arrays for ability scores and the boon from HERE, I'm thinking stats would be something like this ...


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Side note - how cruel is it that blogging is one of the great tools ever to come about for role-playing games, and yet the one character in blogging that screws up your posts time after time is the freaking ampersand, the queen mother of RPG characters.

12 comments:

  1. Conan was statted in the back of TSR's 1984 CB1 module (if not also elsewhere). I dug it out to compare... Here's how David Cook has him:

    Fighter 13 / Thief 7 ; Str 18 (90), Int 14, Wis 10, Dex 18, Con 18, Cha 17. HP 100

    Special: Only surprised on a 1 in 8

    Thought you might find of interest! I love that silly movie.

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  2. Conan is a great D&D movie. I keep meaning to show it to my newer players for some inspiration.
    I reckon Akiro is a druid or cleric though. He does cast raise dead in the previous movie, after all, and his spells tend to be of the supporting rather than ass-kicking variety.

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  3. Int 9 seemed a bit low, but recalling this is the movie Conan, that might be about right.

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  4. Brian - Good point on Akiro - cleric or druid might be better. If there's any part of D&D that doesn't align well with movies and books, it's the magic.

    Trey - Yeah, I was using the 15-14-13-12-10-8 array, and then moved a few points around for Conan. If you're just assigning stats, and especially if you're using the written Conan, Intelligence would probably go higher.

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  5. I still remember seeing this in the theater back in High School and my friend Erik noting that Conan made his bend bars/lift gates roll at one point...

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  6. A CARISMA OF ONLY 10??!?!?!?!?! THJIS IS OF OUT-RAGED!

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  7. Yes, very D&D-ish. A fun movie, not great Conan but fun fantasy. I enjoy it for what it is.

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  8. Crap - If I've lost Joesky I'm sunk.

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  9. How about instead of D&D influencing Conan you go back further and say that Conan influenced D&D?

    Robert E Howard was writing Conan stories long before D&D was ever published. Sword & Sorcery as a fantasy genre has been around forever, and D&D owes much more to the sword & sorcery genre of fantasy than it does to Tolkien and his imitators.

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  10. John - Absolutely. It just seemed like some of the specific tropes of D&D appeared in this movie - mostly the thief stuff. But, at its heart, REH is surely one of the grandfathers of the game.

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  11. Grace Jones is awesome. Can you see Tyra Banks doing that?

    Also, secretly she is Seal.
    She remote-controls David Bowie and Brian Eno from her undersea torture-garage.
    Grace Jones is the reason for D&D.

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