20 thoughts on “This video from Matt Colville takes a while to get going, but the payoff was so worth it. It’s funny how such…

  1. I found this fascinating too. I wish the GM had stopped for a moment and asked the character what his gnome was thinking and feeling as he cast the spell that meant his friend would never return. That was a cool moment worth thinking about for a second.

    Interesting.

  2. < ![CDATA[I found this fascinating too. I wish the GM had stopped for a moment and asked the character what his gnome was thinking and feeling as he cast the spell that meant his friend would never return. That was a cool moment worth thinking about for a second. Interesting.]]>

  3. < ![CDATA[Judd Karlman What's weird (to me) is that the bard's plan was a secret, hence most of the table having no idea what was going on. It brings up the whole issue of secrets at the table.]]>

  4. I think it’s also worth noting that the whole “everybody missed it” aspect of this points to — what I consider — a problematic aspect of the style of play we’re watching. Look at the guy next to Sam (is that Joe Manganiello?) — he could give fuck-all what’s going on. And the rest of the players (save for Ashley, who seem to always be awesome) seem kind of exhausted and semi-detached.

    In that sense, how is this the amazing bit of roleplaying that Colville makes it out to be? Shouldn’t everyone be gaping in awe at what Sam has done? Why was his plan a secret… from the other players?

    This will sound like a dick move but — if this were a Burning Wheel game, everyone at that table would have been crying.

  5. < ![CDATA[I think it's also worth noting that the whole "everybody missed it" aspect of this points to — what I consider — a problematic aspect of the style of play we're watching. Look at the guy next to Sam (is that Joe Manganiello?) — he could give fuck-all what's going on. And the rest of the players (save for Ashley, who seem to always be awesome) seem kind of exhausted and semi-detached. In that sense, how is this the amazing bit of roleplaying that Colville makes it out to be? Shouldn't everyone be gaping in awe at what Sam has done? Why was his plan a secret… from the other players?
    This will sound like a dick move but — if this were a Burning Wheel game, everyone at that table would have been crying.]]>

  6. Mark Delsing I completely agree, but I’d also suggest it’s not the keeping of secrets specifically, but maybes it’s Paul Beakley​ ‘s “level of seriousness” at play. No one cared and everyone missed it because people wanted to make jokes and do kooky shit

  7. < ![CDATA[Mark Delsing I completely agree, but I'd also suggest it's not the keeping of secrets specifically, but maybes it's Paul Beakley​ 's "level of seriousness" at play. No one cared and everyone missed it because people wanted to make jokes and do kooky shit]]>

  8. Aaron Griffin Yeah, but I have to believe that if everyone were in on Sam’s plan, there would have been some bated breath as he decided to use the spell slot for something else.

    You could have even played it out — had a climax-of-movie-franchise moment where, in-ficiton, the bard looked to his friend as he cast the spell and said, amidst the din of combat, “I’m sorry, my friend.” That would have been fucking awesome.

    Instead we need Colville to do a separate blog piece where he edits and repeats the key moment that everyone missed.

    Mind you, I’m not trying to slam this video. I loved it. But I feel like my point is valid.

  9. < ![CDATA[Aaron Griffin Yeah, but I have to believe that if everyone were in on Sam's plan, there would have been some bated breath as he decided to use the spell slot for something else. You could have even played it out — had a climax-of-movie-franchise moment where, in-ficiton, the bard looked to his friend as he cast the spell and said, amidst the din of combat, “I’m sorry, my friend.” That would have been fucking awesome.
    Instead we need Colville to do a separate blog piece where he edits and repeats the key moment that everyone missed.
    Mind you, I’m not trying to slam this video. I loved it. But I feel like my point is valid.]]>