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Posted by WJWalton on Fri 22 of July, 2011 07:33 PDT
Some of you may know that I am a big fan of live theatre, and I have long wanted to see some sort of mature and realistic treatment of roleplayers in the arts. Recently, a fellow named Alfred posted on the Escapist's Facebook Page about a play called Of Dice and Men that is looking for funding:
β€œThe world of six thirty-something Dungeons and Dragons players is thrown into disarray when one of them announces he has enlisted in the Marine Reserves, and will soon be deployed Iraq. In this blisteringly funny and deeply affecting play, playwright Cameron McNary examines why we game, what it means to grow up, and what true friendship looks like.”

The playwright's story on his inspiration for writing the play is worth reading. You can read more about the play, and possibly make a pledge to help make it happen, on its Kickstarter page.

While I'm on the subject of fan-funded art, my good friend (and author of God Loves the Freaks) Steve Racer is producing a unique film titled Broken Spirits that will feature live-action performances by several anime voice talents:
Broken Spirits is a sci-fi/action independent feature film about four young people who are pulled into an alternate dimension within our world and must fight their way back.

Many of the cast are American actors – including Vic Mignogna, Richard Epcar, Spike Spencer, and Cristina Vee – widely recognized for their roles in high profile Japanese animation films and series such as Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. We expect strong interest in marketing the film in the US and abroad.

Andy McPhee from Sons of Anarchy has recently joined the cast.

If you would like to help fund this project, visit their pledge page at

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