The end (or start) of endless geek arguments: a D&D Pronunciation Guide.
Back in 2005, when we were playing our Science Fiction game, Empire of Doors, a certain recurring villain was a barbarian warlord on the planet Conan who recruited an army to conquer other planets (traveling through those eponymous doors). Israel dubbed him Schweinsteiger. He ended up permanently mind-swapped with Bo’s PC, Aedapp.
Flash forward to this year’s World Cup, and apparently there’s someone prominent on the German team called Schweinsteiger. I do not follow the Football, but I noticed this flurry of tweets from Warren Ellis:
- I believe that goal should be ascribed to Schweinsteiger because his name is Schweinsteiger. Der Schweinsteiger. 30 minutes ago
- Schweinsteiger should be striding across Germany right now, judging the guilty and impregnating women with his uncanny foot 27 minutes ago
- New rule: if someone dispossesses Schweinsteiger of the ball, Schweinsteiger is allowed to execute them on the spot. 21 minutes ago
- Half-time. Uruguayan team discover that the mere presence of Schweinsteiger has turned their gonads into ovaries. 7 minutes ago
All this is further proof (as if any was necessary) of our game’s ability to
predict generate reality.
Some filmmakers get their start making shaky home movies, others catch the bug in a high school drama class or maybe through an art institute where they put paint to canvas. Favreau has more of an eight-sided education.
“It was Dungeons & Dragons, but I wouldn’t have owned up so quickly a few years ago,” Favreau said sheepishly.
“It’s rough. It’s one of the few groups that even comic-book fans look down on. But it gave me a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance. You’re creating this modular, mythic environment where people can play in it.”
Maybe there should be a new Hollywood respect for eight- and 10-sided dice and a talent for troll tales: Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert and Vin Diesel have all professed their passion (past or present) for the role-playing game.