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Aeson

Hero
Because we already have LotR. Or The Witcher. Or a hundred other straight fantasy stories.

Sure, they could do it straight, but, then, how is it not just "generic fantasy movie"? What makes it a D&D movie?
The way I see it, I would like the movie to show what I've only been able to imagine for the last 30 years. Seeing people play the game is reality and takes away from the fantasy. If you have scenes with people in the real world it takes you out of the fantasy. This will unlikely win new converts to the game. In case it does, have some merchandise tie-ins at the ready. Keep the meta stuff out.
 

Ryujin

Legend
The way I see it, I would like the movie to show what I've only been able to imagine for the last 30 years. Seeing people play the game is reality and takes away from the fantasy. If you have scenes with people in the real world it takes you out of the fantasy. This will unlikely win new converts to the game. In case it does, have some merchandise tie-ins at the ready. Keep the meta stuff out.
I"m not so sure about that. If it was done in the way I mentioned previously, as an intro to the players and characters just at the beginning of the movie, it might help to draw people into the idea of participating in the fantasy.
 


aco175

Legend
I could go for a Monty Python reference. Castle of Arrrrrr... Maybe say something like "Of course it's behind the rabbit, what are you an idiot."
 



Ryujin

Legend
This would be meta and kind of dumb. But characters talking in their alignment language? That might be interesting.
Thieves Cant and Druidic are one thing, but I always thought that alignment languages were problematic. An alignment would be a very personal thing. How do you know that it's 'safe' to use your alignment language with someone? Around others, in general? You're potentially revealing an awful lot about yourself, whether or not the other person can understand what you're saying. Just because I don't understand Russian, that doesn't mean that I don't recognize that you are, in fact, speaking Russian.
 

Thieves Cant and Druidic are one thing, but I always thought that alignment languages were problematic. An alignment would be a very personal thing. How do you know that it's 'safe' to use your alignment language with someone? Around others, in general? You're potentially revealing an awful lot about yourself, whether or not the other person can understand what you're saying. Just because I don't understand Russian, that doesn't mean that I don't recognize that you are, in fact, speaking Russian.
I'd say alignment languages are the same as thieves can't or druidic. Only those who are supposed to know it can. Doesn't mean someone that can converse in an alignment language won't use what you say against you, but neither do the other two.
 

Ryujin

Legend
I'd say alignment languages are the same as thieves can't or druidic. Only those who are supposed to know it can. Doesn't mean someone that can converse in an alignment language won't use what you say against you, but neither do the other two.
Only those who know an alignment language can understand it, however, that doesn't mean that revealing yourself to be True Neutral is going to be overlooked by the True Neutrals around you.

When it comes to the others Druidic isn't likely to be used outside of religious ceremonies, or meetings of the clergy. Thieves Cant, by its very nature, is a set of clandestine codes, gestures, and even urban tagging that is used to communicate things that you don't want to be known by the general public. I see those as being very different from walking up to someone and saying, "Wasn't that slaughter last night wonderful?" in Chaotic Evil.
 

Only those who know an alignment language can understand it, however, that doesn't mean that revealing yourself to be True Neutral is going to be overlooked by the True Neutrals around you.

When it comes to the others Druidic isn't likely to be used outside of religious ceremonies, or meetings of the clergy. Thieves Cant, by its very nature, is a set of clandestine codes, gestures, and even urban tagging that is used to communicate things that you don't want to be known by the general public. I see those as being very different from walking up to someone and saying, "Wasn't that slaughter last night wonderful?" in Chaotic Evil.
I see all 3 as secret languages, but that's just my opinion. In any event this probably isn't the thread to discuss the mechanics or interpretations of such.
 




Niafel

Explorer
(My dream would be for a D&D movie organized as if it were a heist movie rather than a high fantasy movie. Oceans 11 crossed with the Temple of Elemental Evil. Probably too much to ask for, but one can hope...)

THIS.

And/or maybe a bit of Indiana Jones flair.
 




Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
The characters meet a shadowy figure in the corner of an Inn in a small town
A barbarian named Bobby
a retired guard who took an arrow to the knee
 


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