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A journey into the Realm of Dungons and Dragons

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A journey into the Realm of Dungons and Dragons A little over twenty years ago, an idea was born. That idea was to take the premises and principles of the bestselling TSR board game Dungeons and Dragons and turn it into a kids' cartoon. But the mere label of cartoon does not do justice to the creativity and controversy that the show inspired. From Christian concerns to critical gamers, the show was guaranteed to evoke a multitude of emotional reactions. And that doesn't even take into account the feelings of the fans! The role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons had many followers. Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson it had its genesis in the 1970's and was proving increasingly popular by the end of that decade. It was reasonable to imagine that any TV show based on the game was likely to get a good reception from the players. Opinion, even to this day, is sharply divided. ...read more.

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A sure-fire way to improve the ratings of the parent show was to split the episodes of D&DC in half; how many of us tolerated an hour of Gordon the Gopher and his sidekick Philip Schofield just to see the second half of our favourite show, I wonder? Much like our American friends, many D&DC fans can remember getting up early to watch the show, armed with our own bowls of breakfast cereal! However, the show's success was not enough to prevent its end. After three seasons, falling ratings and some controversy that initially started with the role-playing game being (unreasonably) blamed for some teen suicides across the Atlantic, the UK as well as the US waved goodbye to Hank, Sheila, Bobby, Eric, Diana and Presto. No more episodes were made, and, it would be reasonable to assume given the evidence, that the demographic that had so loved D&DC was growing older. There was no longer a space on prime time children's television for a show with only twenty seven episodes, and the children who had grown ...read more.

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In addition, The Requiem Project is a fan-based attempt to bring the final episode of D&DC to the screen. Fans from all over the world, and, rumour has it, one of the original voice actors, have shown an interest in making the final episode of D&DC a reality. For those of us who need the "closure" of a final episode, hopes are high that the project will be a success. There can be no doubt that in the twenty years that D&DC has existed, it has meant a great deal to a great many people. While some die hard gamers might argue that it was a way to cash in on an already successful RPG, there are others who argue that it deserves to stand alone as a piece of television history. Whatever your personal perspective, it is plain that the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon has stood the test of time. Fay Keenan (1022 words) Some good D&DC websites: The Realm: http://www.zaksrealm.net/The_Realm.html Fanfiction.net's D&D section: http://www.fanfiction.net/list.php?categoryid=945 Darkhaven fanfiction site: http://darkhaven.freewebpage.org/ Spooky's D&DC dungeon: http://www.spookysdungeon.homestead.com/index.html Tomorrowland: http://members.aol.com/DDrealm/ Cavern of Tiamat (one of the first D&DC sites) http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/2599/nikicavern.html ...read more.

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