The Gamers: Episode I – Kickstarter Pick, 071416

The Bad Boys of Gaming are back in a new adventure! Only Dead Gentlemen can bring you this level of absurd and imaginative comedy about tabletop roleplaying with this level of quality.

“I wanna steal his pants!” The classic tabletop gaming comedy returns for an all-new adventure, based on Matt Vancil’s THE GAMERS.

We’re funding the 45-minute pilot episode of a comedy about tabletop roleplaying games, based on Matt Vancil’s cult classic THE GAMERS. Preview Season 0!

 “I backstab him with a ballista.” – Nimble, the Thief

“Someone finally understands us.” – Gamers at every convention ever

Fifteen years ago, Dead Gentlemen Productions introduced the world to Matt Vancil’s comedy about tabletop roleplaying gaming where the heroes were ordinary people playing the game that we all love. They were sympathetic, funny, and real. Nobody had ever seen anything like it…

…and we’ve been telling stories in that world ever since!

At the end of THE GAMERS, fantasy stereotypes Rogar, Nimble, Newmoon, and Ambrose… sorry, “Magellan”… accidentally stepped through a portal into our world, where they defeated their own players. They’ve been stuck here ever since, without direction or purpose. Until now.

A new gaming group has uncovered the group’s old character sheets and the original GM’s campaign notes. Now, the new players will set out to finish the story of the original Gamersas our heroes…

  • encounter minions of The Shadow who have infiltrated our world
  • search for a portal back to Fartherall
  • apply a dose of fantasy justice to evildoers across the multiverse

Cutting back and forth between the players at the table and the game, this first episode abuses line-of-sight rules, wrestles with grappling tables, and explores what happens when retro gaming meets sophisticated rules lawyers and when fantasy-world characters try to defeat modern villains.

Featuring the returning talents of Nathan Rice (Newmoon), Justin McGregor (Magellan), Phil M Price (Nimble), and Matt Shimkus (Rogar), we are also proud to introduce a new group of players:

  • Megan – Anna Clausen, the gamemaster
  • Zach – Jay Irwin, Rogar’s player
  • Charlie – Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe, Newmoon’s player
  • Jamie – Magellan’s player (currently casting)
  • Brad – Nimble’s player (currently casting)

Plus a special appearance from Russell Hodgkinson (Z-NATION) as The Professor.

But this isn’t just a show about the original film, THE GAMERS. While this series can stand entirely on its own for new gamers and fans to enjoy, it is also the next part of the meta-story, a saga that we’ve been telling for fifteen years. This series runs concurrently with the events of THE GAMERS: HANDS OF FATE and leads directly into THE GAMERS 4, which will conclude the adventures of Joanna, Lodge, Cass, Gary, and Leo. 

If you’re a hardcore Gamers fan, this is where we lay the final pieces into place for the explosive GAMERS 4 finale. In this show we’ll uncover The Shadow’s mysterious agenda, explain the link between Fartherall and our world, and reveal secrets and connections that we set up in THE GAMERS and DORKNESS RISING. In other words, the pay-off begins! 

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