I Hit It With My Axe: Episode 10: Trying To Kill The King Has Consequences

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Episode 10: Trying To Kill The King Has Consequences

The party tries to escape the goblin palace, but it isn't easy...

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To be honest the GM could narrate with a bit more character and colour, i liked how the miniature really "landed" on her.
The colored models are nice too^^

Best episode yet, Couldn't stop laughing. Loved the whole werewolf part and when he was pulling out the new miniatures near the end, was awesome!

Anxiety is the least of your problems if you decide to play D&D.

As I found out, sleep and nutrition are also quite large problems.

What would other Escapists do if they are asked to play in this game?

Couldent think of much to say unless it involved badges i think this is what the series needs now.

Pretty good episode but you need to stop with the boob shots. We get it, they're Women.

I agree. I think this series needs some IHIWMA Badges.

Maybe people could make suggestions.

@ Jaranja: Yeah, and they have big boobs. For some people, that's what they're watching the series for.

This show is great, I love every minute of it

Jaranja:
Pretty good episode but you need to stop with the boob shots. We get it, they're Women.

This is about the only issue that's still around.

The show has very much improved since Jolie joined, though I don't neccessarily think it's just because of her. The whole production crew seems to be getting more of a hang of this.

It's bugging me that they still haven't figured out how to walk on the ceiling...or, the floor, as the case may be. "Don't say the magic words!" That was the hint, wasn't it?

To the people complaining about the boob shots, the description of the show is "It's D&D. With pornstars and strippers." That's really one of the main appeals.

Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio. Rest in peace.

I watched the first two eps, and decided to give the show a few more eps before I'd resume watching, to see if it ever caught its stride. This is what, episode 9? 10? It's just like it was when it came out, and I cannot stand it.

GM person, you have no character or color to your world. You have "dudes" on a table, numbers on a paper, and that is all. Lose the "and these guys are all like, 'Aaaah,'" and act a little. Get into a persona or two.

What's more, your players are unfocused. They ARE having a good time, and that's important. But your lack of Character doesn't give any world for people to immerse themselves in, and as a result, you get players more likely to be unfocused, with bland characters of themselves.

I will give you another 9 to 10 weeks and check back. :)

Psst, "D&D with strippers" is a pretty disrespectful tagline. While I can't speak for how your players feel about it, the tag doesn't speak very highly of how you view them as people, as women, and as your players. Something worth considering.

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EchetusXe:

Firia:

Psst, "D&D with strippers" is a pretty disrespectful tagline. While I can't speak for how your players feel about it, the tag doesn't speak very highly of how you view them as people, as women, and as your players. Something worth considering.

It's their job. It would be like having a series called 'I hit with my wrench' and filming a bunch of plumbers playing D&D. I would expect, neh DEMAND, the occasional tool shot *cough*.

Since my little post script comment has drawn more attention than the critique of your show and GM habits itself, I'm going to address it, post this whole thing in my original post, and call it good, since I'm rather tired of people making assumptions about what I meant by a "disrespectful tagline."

I'd like to lead off with stating for the record that I used to work in a strip club myself as a waitress. I often fooled around with one of the girls there, and later dated another that starred in many of the home grown pornographies that was even shown on in house TVs. I have no disrespect for the profession of exotic dancing, porn, or the sex industry.

When I say "disrespectful tagline," I'm looking at it as how I would try to promote a show. That icon hasn't changed since episode 1, some weeks ago, which tells me that you were trying to grab peoples attention... with sex. Yes, they're women- very attractive women. Yes, they work in the sex industry. That is also very sexy. I base this next part on the three episodes I've seen, but, it's a show about women playing D&D. There is no apparent connection with these womens profession, and D&D. So when I say that it's a disrespectful tagline, I say that you're using these women as sexual icons to sell your show. I see the tagline, and I read "these women are sexual objects; come see them roll dice!"

Now, some of your players have replied to me, telling me they don't find the line disrespectful (and they enjoy your style of GMing). And if they don't mind being used to draw in viewers, more power to them. I just know that I would demand more respect than that of myself to draw in viewership.

You don't have to appease me. I'm done with your show. If I'm the only one that finds your advertising methods questionable, then that's more power to you.

And that's it. Not replying to any more comments on the topic. I am in fact deleting any and all quotes I get from this thread. While I haven't been swamped with replies, I've gotten more than I care for in varying degrees of hate. I've addressed it, and I am done with it.

Nice twist. I hope Justine Jolie can stick around, she's a good addition to the team.

Loved it.
Highlights for me
KK sudden new ability with dice once she's rolling against her own party.
"That's the cutest thing ever" about the beetle-riding goblins pushing a hydra towards you.
"Tiamat!" Heh. Frankie's been reading the Monster Manual (or perhaps watching Saturday morning cartoons), but her identification skills could use some work.

Firia:

Psst, "D&D with strippers" is a pretty disrespectful tagline. While I can't speak for how your players feel about it, the tag doesn't speak very highly of how you view them as people, as women, and as your players. Something worth considering.

Just fyi, they aren't shameful about their day jobs; they wouldn't have let the video production crew put up a tagline like that if they were shameful. Remember, it's all a matter of perspective as to what is disrespectful.

Firia:

Psst, "D&D with strippers" is a pretty disrespectful tagline. While I can't speak for how your players feel about it, the tag doesn't speak very highly of how you view them as people, as women, and as your players. Something worth considering.

It's their job. It would be like having a series called 'I hit with my wrench' and filming a bunch of plumbers playing D&D. I would expect, neh DEMAND, the occasional tool shot *cough*.

Great episode! The werewolf part with Kimberly hitting the low rolls to fail saves against becoming a werewolf, then rolling the 20s when going berserk - hilarity.

Who're Frank Franzetta and Ronnie James Dio? Hmm, maybe I'll wiki them later.

It amazes me how easily it is to get wrapped up in the story when watching these episodes.

Also allow me to continue to fawn over Justine. She's even more lovely with glasses on. *fawns*

R.I.P Frank and Ronnie... two of the greatest artist of our times!!

fnartilter:
Who're Frank Franzetta and Ronnie James Dio? Hmm, maybe I'll wiki them later.

Are you kidding?

fnartilter:
Great episode! The werewolf part with Kimberly hitting the low rolls to fail saves against becoming a werewolf, then rolling the 20s when going berserk - hilarity.

Yes, that was rather amusing, and reminds me how my usual group rolls - when it's important, we can't hit the broad side of a barn, but when we're asked to make some silly dice check, oh hey, natural 20!

fnartilter:
Who're Frank Franzetta and Ronnie James Dio? Hmm, maybe I'll wiki them later.

... Oh boy was that ever something you should have just wondered to yourself, now everyone will question your geek credentials!

But to answer, Frank Frazetta was a fantasy artist of great repute - his iconic Conan covers in particular redefined the standard for sword and sorcery artwork, and Ronnie James Dio was a heavy metal legend.

Next you'll tell us you've never heard of Boris Vallejo or something.

Great to see the girls enjoying themselves so much.

Great to see them take it so seriously. Even if they are very naive compared to more experienced roleplayers, I really like to see the passion they bring.

Awesome that Justine is really getting into the game. Fun to see the most desirable female on the planet playing D&D.

Man I wish I was the GM for this group.

Great episode! Zak I loved seeing some of your drawings during the credits. One of my favorite aspects of this series is how thorough you are as a DM. I like the story of the campaign and KK rolling the 20's at the wrong time was awesome. We've all seen the dice make us or break us. :)

Firia:
GM person, you have no character or color to your world. You have "dudes" on a table, numbers on a paper, and that is all. Lose the "and these guys are all like, 'Aaaah,'" and act a little. Get into a persona or two.

Are we watching the same show? He's spent half of the recent episodes talking in goblin upside down and backwards. We've had a half-medusa hiding in the party, and another player whose lycanthropy has caught up with her. And best of all he backs off and let's the players take the limelight. Beats having a DM who's in love with the sound of his own voice and who narrates everything to death while accenting every third word, don't you agree?

Boyninja616:
Anxiety is the least of your problems if you decide to play D&D.

As I found out, sleep and nutrition are also quite large problems.

What would other Escapists do if they are asked to play in this game?

Although I don't have my original papers I'd may bring back either my Elf or my Fighter Wizard unless Zak has a character that is needed like the Half-Medusa for Justine. My favorite parts were Kimberly's 20's, turning her back into a human with a purple and orange mushroom, and finding out the plot of the Medusa Queen and the Goblin King. For the end part if I had to choose fighting against a grub monster and that hydra I'd choose the grub monster too.

One suggestion for the future would be to have a little cartoon visualising the player's characters fighting goblins and what not. I know this would take away the visual of stunningly beautiful women, but maybe it could switch between real life and cartoon, y'know?

This is one of my favorite weekly "things" here at the escapist.
I've wanted to play at least some form of D&D for a long time, but mainly not knowing anybody that plays it in my area (or has invited me) and time constrains have kept me from even have a taste of this game.

It's kinda cool that the players, like me, don't know much of what can happen in this sort of things.

Nomnomnomitron:
I also know not to play serious D&D/RPG campaigns with women. It's the difference I am trying to convey. Each player I looked up with a bio showed to have a great professional appealing personalty and assets (ya sorry about the pun).

It's not the players faults they are losing our interest when trying to play a pro-dominant mathematic game. No, that doesn't mean women are bad at math and I don't devalue talent on the screen. Paper RPG's require imagination to stay enthralled into the game. It feels like your substituting it for beautiful ladies and it's starting to insult us all.

P.S. Please ask one of the players to motor-boat (yes with a bra) the GM. I would hope this would be entertaining to us all for 20 seconds and give him a more enthusiastic tone for him.

I'm a 25 year old female graphic designer who's played her fair share of pen and paper rpgs amongst other things and I think that was an incredibly offensive and generalized statement. Sometimes I'll play a game lightlyheartedly, sometimes deadly serious - it depends on the gm, the party, the story, etc.

More on topic: The initial idea of this show didn't really appeal to me, but I was curious and it's definitely hooked me in. It's also awesome seeing the production quality go up every episode. Keep up the awesome work, guys!

Love the episode, keep 'em coming.

"Aaahh! People are turning to stone! This is fucked!" was my favorite line of this episode.

Tom Roberts:
"That's the cutest thing ever" about the beetle-riding goblins pushing a hydra towards you.

This, was my favourite* line of this episode. Quite frankly, it was a cute miniature. It's a miniature that reduces the need for needless goblin killing in players. Join the Goblin Rights Advocacy Komittee!

Also: the collective "Ewww!" at the end and the notebook credits were nice.

*Different spellings causing me to be able to have two favo(u)rite things.

I loved it how Mandy (I think) goes "Is Connie hurt?" with genuine concern, by the Werewolf falling on her. In any other D&D game I don't think anyone would have given it a second thought.

Justine is so ace; I love her enthusiasm.

Poor KK; I know what it's like to turn into an uncontrollable monster.

Jebus Crow, has Kimberly's Rage paid off even once this whole game?

Justine seems definitely more into this than Sasha. That could be because she's not constantly getting boned by the dice like Sasha was... or because her character is actually tied into the setting... who knows?

Frankie: "I wasn't afraid, I just didn't want to deal with it" =(

Again, this was the best show yet. Keep up the crescendo and hopefully we'll get a big cymbal clash at the end.

Also, the post on D&Dw/PS explaining the setting was great.

Nomnomnomitron:
Like many, most of us were excited, by that we held our manhood and boldly clicked the first episodes. Who can blame us chasing an entertaining profit? Adult entertainers + D&D = Profit? This has to work, right? Let's clear the goblins, sphinx's, gazers, and whatnot in the room to help Escapist pitch a more effective revision to their subscribers.

I'm 27, male, and work in IT. I enjoyed playing paper based RPG's in my teens and now apathetic to the video game constructs they attempt to make now. I've also dated a stripper and have had plenty of social experiences to see the attempt here that allows such a high resistance. I'm obviously also not your target demographic your shooting for. What is it by the way, 18-25 and FEMALE? I feel compelled to speak out on content like this to help us all.

Okay, fess up Zak Sabbath and Escapist, you thought everyone would just willingly accept the two dimensional hotness your splaying out like a Bards spell of Irresistible Dance. But just like summoning 'BOOBS' you quickly learned the stun effect wears off. It's somewhat entertaining to hear the players personalities. I also know not to play serious D&D/RPG campaigns with women. It's the difference I am trying to convey. Each player I looked up with a bio showed to have a great professional appealing personalty and assets (ya sorry about the pun).

It's not the players faults they are losing our interest when trying to play a pro-dominant mathematic game. No, that doesn't mean women are bad at math and I don't devalue talent on the screen. Paper RPG's require imagination to stay enthralled into the game. It feels like your substituting it for beautiful ladies and it's starting to insult us all.

P.S. Please ask one of the players to motor-boat (yes with a bra) the GM. I would hope this would be entertaining to us all for 20 seconds and give him a more enthusiastic tone for him.

What the HELL, dude. This comment is comprised entirely of fail and jackassery.

EDIT: I went on to further insult this person and tell them off, but then realized that I was flaming and that's not cool, so I am self-censoring. /EDIT

"Actually, they'd be like 'People aren't turning to stone, everything is cool'", heheh

And a hydra? Oh man, bad news...

i wanna put goblin beatal riders into my campain now :P

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