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GAMING: G2V at GenCon 2016 Day 1 (well, 2, but who’s counting)

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessJust a quick post tonight, but the G2V Guys united on the floor of GenCon 2016 in anticipation of their big Green Ronin CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM book signing on Saturday at 2pm!

But first, it was time to take a turn around the floor and meet some folks, including a chat with the makers of the SURVIVE THE HORDE zombie card game (we’ll be sharing a short interview with Evan Johnson from that team tomorrow), Dom Zook and the SAVING THROW SHOW team, and of course a stop at the Green Ronin booth!

The GenCon floor is full of surprises, but who would expect to find Jack Burton’s rig, the Pork-Chop Express from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, parked in the middle of the con? Good thing the guys included a chapter on that very movie in the book!

An encounter with the team from the new game SURVIVE THE HORDE resulted in the Doctor of the Dead being immortalized as a zombie!

And he wasn’t the only one deteriorating through the day. Look at this poor GenCon attendee; guess he forgot to hydrate…

A good day was had by all, and the guys wound things down with one more photo op!

We’ll have plenty more from day one and the rest of the weekend right here! And if you’re at the con this weekend, see the guys tomorrow at 2pm at the Green Ronin/Geek & Sundry booth 1421 (map below) and pick up a signed copy of CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM! Plus:

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GAMING: GENCON 2016 Signing and Survival Guides

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessWe’re on our way! In just four days we’ll be seeing you all at the biggest gaming convention in the nation, GenCon, and signing copies of our brand-new Green Ronin book, CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM! Details on that below, but wait, there’s more!

If you’re getting ready to head to Indianapolis for GenCon 2016, check out these incredible old-school checklists/survival guides created by the very talented Brandon Kruse!

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We love these things, and we know we’ll be using them! Also, be sure to check out Brandon’s blog, D&D Doodle!

Now about that CINEMA AND SORCERY signing. Find us at the Green Ronin/Geek & Sundry booth 1421 on Saturday at 2pm for a chat and a signed book! Map to the booth below…”join us!”

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STUFF: KRULL – A WORLD LIGHT YEARS BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION

avatar-scottwoodardOn this day back in 1983, science fiction and fantasy fans excitedly rushed to movie theaters to feast their eyes on a new cinematic marvel titled KRULL! The trailer (see below) suggested a world of myth and magic featuring a ragtag band of heroes in the mold of a typical DUNGEONS & DRAGONS adventuring party doing battle with fearsome enemies in exotic locations.

With an impressive (especially for the time) budget of $27 million, KRULL was a well-financed epic that so desperately wanted to be the next STAR WARS, but alas, that was not to be. Despite the budget, rather impressive special effects, superb cinematography at the hands of veteran Director of Photography Peter Suschitzky (STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK), and a talented and attractive cast, the film was considered a box office failure and the hope for sequels and extensive lines of merchandise was squashed. For example, while a line of 3-1/4″ action figures was commissioned (with prototypes by G.I. JOE sculptor Bill Merklein), the line was cancelled. We did, however, get a boardgame and card game (both from Parker Bros.), a decent cartridge for the Atari 2600, and even a stand-up arcade videogame!

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As for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, rumor has it that early on the film was intended to be the official tie-in movie for the game. In 2007 however, the late Gary Gygax (co-creator of D&D) said in an interview: “To the best of my knowledge and belief, the producers of KRULL never approached TSR for a license to enable their film to use the D&D game IP.”

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While KRULL certainly has its flaws, there are plenty of other charming and even outright impressive elements that make it worth viewing. The sequences with the fire mares – gorgeous Clydesdale horses – are stunning; Lysette Anthony is adorable as Lyssa, although you might be surprised (as was Anthony) to learn that all her lines were dubbed by American actress Lindsay Crouse; and the sweeping score by James Horner is not to be missed and might well find its place in your game table soundtrack! And keep your eyes peeled for appearances by two young, fresh-faced actors named Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane!

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To learn a lot more about this film, check out CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM – written by G2V’s very own Scott Woodard (that’s me!) and Arnold T. Blumberg – in either print or e-book!

HELP US BY ORDERING THE MOVIE VIA THIS LINK!

Five Storied Swords – From Excalibur to Sting

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessIt was years in the making – a quest unlike any other – but now the exhaustive tome that is CINEMA AND SORCERY is available in print and e-book, penned by none other than the G2V Guys, Arnold T. Blumberg and Scott Woodard!

As we celebrate the release of our volume on the vast history of the sword and sorcery genre, we’ll be offering some extra insights here on the site – consider them side adventures in the midst of a bigger campaign – and first up, a little overview of five favorite swords from films that all received full chapters in our book! The journey begins…

MacLEOD SWORD

10499856_2Sure, we know there can be only one, but thanks to movie prop replica makers and lots of devoted fans, there must be several hundred copies of Connor MacLeod’s ivory-handled Masamune katana out there. Keep your head on your shoulders!

STING

lord-of-the-rings-sting-glowing-blueIt glows when Orcs are near, but if only it warned the production team not to revisit middle-Earth and give us the CGI-laden disasters that were the HOBBIT films. Ah well, we’ll always have the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy!

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imageYes, all right, this isn’t a sword really, but we couldn’t leave out this impressively forged implement from one of the greatest fantasy films of its era, featuring none other than the dragon of sword and sorcery cinema, Vermithrax Pejorative!

EXCALIBUR

excaliburA legend beyond film, beyond fantasy and folklore. This then is Excalibur, the blade of King Arthur, drawn from the stone and heralding the rise of a warrior hero! And it’s also good for playing catch with the Lady of the Lake.

THE ATLANTEAN SWORD

dvd1Discovered in an ancient tomb and used to dispatch ravenous wolves, this bastard sword (well, that’s what it’s called!) serves its muscle-bound master well and remains one of the most iconic weapons in fantasy film history.

Did I miss your favorite blade of destiny? Let me know what your favorite (or least favorite) storied sword is in the comments below, and remember that the quest is the quest! Now…onward!

Get CINEMA AND SORCERY now in either print or e-book!

Hear all about the genesis of the book on a special episode of the G2V Podcast!

Learn from Scott how to add some movie magic to your role-playing campaign!

Read Scott and Arnold’s tribute to the late great Ray Harryhausen!

For more information or interviews with Scott and Arnold, write to contact@g2vpodcast.com.

GAMING: CINEMA & SORCERY – THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM [UPDATED]

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessScott and Arnold have been hinting at this massive project for years now on social media, but at last the tale can be told – a tale of high adventure and triumph and watching tons and tons of sword and sorcery movies while taking copious notes!

roninlogo_nameboxComing from RPG publisher Green Ronin (Fantasy AGE, Titansgrave, A Song of Ice and Fire) in electronic form and now in print starting today, July 1, 2016, CINEMA & SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM is a massive 400+ page tome by Arnold T. Blumberg and Scott Alan Woodard covering the entire history of the sword and sorcery genre from its earliest beginnings to the latest blockbuster releases!

50 films are given in-depth chapters with details on plot, production, soundtrack, and detailed ruminations and reviews, while every other sword and sorcery feature-length film in existence is catalogued in a massive index cross-listed with alternate titles! PLUS: Tips on how to adapt characters, creatures, artifacts and more from your favorite films to YOUR gametable!

The project started many years ago from a simple conversation between the two pop culture experts, and now they’re bringing their love of cinematic high adventure to you!

“For me, the joy of working on these kinds of books is sharing that passion about film with fellow fans,” says Arnold (The “Doctor of the Dead” and co-author of ZOMBIEMANIA: 80 MOVIES TO DIE FOR). “These are movies we all grew up enjoying, and we hope that when you watch them next, you’ll take a look in our book and see what we have to say about them. It’s the next best thing to us sitting there and watching with you!”

“I grew up watching these movies and I grew up a gamer,” says Scott (G2V Producer, THE SIXTH GUN ROLEPLAYING GAME, DOCTOR WHO: THE JUGGERNAUTS). “Not only am I excited to share with other fantasy fans the best and absolute worst the genre has to offer, but also to give them ways to enhance their gaming experience with their favorite fantasy icons the same way I do.”

Read Green Ronin’s original announcement of the release of CINEMA & SORCERY!

Get a preview by learning from Scott how to add some movie magic to your role-playing campaign!

Read Scott and Arnold’s tribute to the late great Ray Harryhausen!

For more information or interviews with Scott and Arnold, write to contact@g2vpodcast.com.