The brave teen heroes of the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon never got home. Why not? It wasn’t because Dungeon Master let them down, but because the bean counters did, and the show was cancelled just before the end of season three.
Requiem, the final episode in season three, would have lined up significant events for season four which is when the kids probably would have finally got home. It’s in Requiem that we discover Venger is Dungeon Master’s corrupted son.
The script for Requiem was released, though, and it was performed as an audio drama in the BCI Eclipse DVD edition.
This isn’t new news, but it’s fresh on Boing Boing today, that fans and actress Katie Leigh, who does the voice of Sheila the thief, animated the final episode.
It’s a clever piece, with bits clipped from previous episodes, new backgrounds and new voice acting when needed.
As part of ongoing celebrations for D&D, just this weekend, Wizards of the Coast used Twitch to stream the series. Yeah, it’s a reminder that a whole generation of people might not have encountered Saturday morning toons, thanks to Netflix. These poor new gamers have never tried to wash down breakfast while a sibling shouts “It’s on!” in a rush to get to the TV.
My favourite and utterly unaffordable piece of D&D nostalgia comes from Iron Studios, though, with 1/20th scale Tiamat battle.
The most surprising twist, though, might these early Dungeon Master prototype drawings which look very different from the small and red-robed Dungeon Master we know today.
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