The ScienceWith our web series RPG Science, we explore the physics and biomechanics behind tabletop roleplaying games! Our hope is that the series will enrich your experience of play, help you better imagine what in-game action would look like, and help game designers formulate more coherent rule mechanics.
This research is very much in the spirit of the hobby's originators. Although having fun was always their primary goal, Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and their respective gaming groups undertook painstaking study of the battles they were simulating on the tabletop - a proclivity that led Gary to name his game company "Tactical Studies Rules."
RPG Science will also help gamers learn principles of math and physics by relating them to a subject they are passionate about.
The HistoryBy "history" we mean to honor and remember the pioneers of the hobby. Our current undertaking in that regard is a feature-length documentary about Gary Gygax and the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. We began shooting almost three years ago and are now in the home stretch with post production. With this film, we hope to inspire members of the gaming community and even help non-gamers understand the magic that underlies this hobby we love so much.
We will also make available all of our extended interviews with the giants of RPG history. The dozens of hours of interviews with crisp video and sound will stand as an archive that can be appreciated by gamers for generations to come.
In many ways I see this content as being for people like myself who can't get enough of the hobby. We're always searching for something new about the games we haven't seen before so we can feel that little burst of magic that we've known since childhood.
Thank you again for your interest. Please join us in this exciting and worthwhile project!
- Pat Kilbane
Here are some common questions we get:
What is Patreon?
Patreon is like Kickstarter, but to support content that is released regularly. With Patreon you back projects with a small amount every month instead of a lump sum and can cancel your support whenever you'd like.
Who are you?
I am Pat Kilbane, and most people know me from my years on Mad TV and my appearance as Bizarro Kramer on an episode of Seinfeld. The last eight years or so, I've been doing my work behind the camera writing and directing. As a gamer, I started in 1979 on the Holmes basic set and quickly moved to AD&D. I've also played a lot of Twilight: 2000 and a variety of home-brew systems. When I say "I" in the above text, I'm talking about myself, and when I say "we" I'm including our other team members, Melissa McQueen (producer), Matt Renoir (producer and director of photography), and John Bennett (producer and sound engineer).
What will the money be used for?
So far, the content has all been produced out of pocket and during spare time between other work. Your support for the project will primarily cover travel and equipment expenses. At higher goal thresholds, we will be able to do some fancier things with the productions, especially with graphics and archival footage.
When will the documentary come out?
Our first screening is tentatively scheduled for Friday November 9, 2018 at Gamehole Con in Madison, WI. The good news is that you will be getting content every single month, along with updates on the film.