Fantasy Role Playing Games have come a long way since the 1970s, when Dungeons and Dragons was the only game in town. It went from being a niche thing (wrongly labeled as evil or wrong) to being a nerd thing to, to the great surprise of many, to being not only mainstream, but even a little cool. With that evolution the game has also gone from something just played by socially awkward teen boys in their basements to something played out in game stores and living rooms, including both younger and older players and, increasingly, including female players. There was some growing pains with that, as many of the socially awkward teen boys did not know how to relate to women. Before actual women played, they would sometimes do strange things with women characters in game. I am making a gross generalization here – and really, such things aren’t limited just to gaming. The fact is, socially awkward teen boys do this sort of thing in general. One hopes that with many more women playing, such things will be left by the wayside. I say all this to preface this video because this video is really a teen boy dream gone wrong (or right, depending on your point of view).
More female involvement in gaming is a very good thing. This video is really just a bit of fun with the notion of teaching the game to people who know nothing about role playing, and taking advantage of that ignorance in a rather extreme, yet fun way. Boys not only getting to game with women, but with beautiful women, in fact, with five beautiful women. And not only are they beautiful, but, through the machinations of the game, they all end up naked. Not just in game, but in fact. Now, everyone who has gamed eventually ends up with a naked character at some point. This was probably especially true in the early days, when there was some particularly nasty traps. One particular module comes to mind that was a real death trap that included teleportation of characters one way and all of their gear another, leaving them naked and helpless, all of their gear at the end of the dungeon. I’m sure that early trap inspired many more. And beyond traps, there is capture, where one wants to separate adventurers from their magic items.
The game may have changed (and there are many more games now – Pathfinder, various editions of Dungeons and Dragons, and even the super cool Hackmaster) but the desire by game masters to put their players into nefarious predicaments naked has not changed. This video is a fun exploration of that combined with real, lovely naked women, for a treat that probably no real game will ever see – five completely naked models playing a fantasy role playing game. Well, one like this, anyway.
I had a notion of doing a video like this for some time, but for various reasons it was hard to set up. For one thing, shooting with so many models is very expensive. Plus on top of the lovely women, this video also required at least one trickster male GM (and luckily I had two!) So for the longest time, this video was just a vague notion in my mind, one that I never thought would come to fruition. But then, the stars aligned and I got the chance and jumped at it. What resulted has got to be the awesomest thing any teen (or formerly teen) boy (and many girls) ever could hope to see sitting around an FRPG tabletop. I will likely consider this video to be a signature achievement for that reason. Everyone involved did a superb job, and the storyline itself, while contrived, actually fits many actually-seen sorts of predicaments one sees in playing an FRPG. In addition to the nasty teleport trap noted above, there are other tropes as well. The invisibility is actually my favorite in that it actually is the one that seems most logical. Outside of FRPGs, invisible people generally have to get naked to get the benefit of their transparency, their clothes being still visible. So in that respect, the invisibility trick is the one that is easiest to pull off because actually, to a non gamer, having to get naked makes more sense than what is typically seen in game.
Now, a warning to all the role playing purists – the game they play as described doesn’t actually really fit any real game system. In fact, really, the explanation at times I think doesn’t make sense, but then, that is to the ear of a gamer. The whole point is, the two would-be game masters are messing with the female players, making up rules as they go just to get them naked. So to the extent you might get upset about no particular system being followed, don’t. The point is about tricking the women into getting naked, not into teaching them the finer points of gaming. Though to be fair (and to make this the video that it is) there ARE some pointers that are actually good. The need to keep watches. The need to keep the party together and not go off on your own. And so on.
I could go on and on about this (and may add more thoughts later), but suffice it to say, I am extremely satisfied with this video and if I never made another video again, I would feel I had reached my pinnacle with this release. (But don’t worry, there are many many more videos to come…)
Now, without further ado, here are images from this video (which can be direct linked through here):