Thursday, November 1, 2018

Kickstarter - The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax

There are a number of interesting Kickstarters on the gaming radar right now, and I'm going to do my best to get to them in a timely (meaning - still funding) manner.

The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax is what it says on the tin - this isn't a D&D focused documentary, instead it's focused on one D&D's co-creators (and the wind beneath the sails and sales of D&D - see what I did there?;)

I must say, it does look very interesting. I may be a bit gun shy after dueling D&D documentary Kickstarters spent years duking it out in court - and I still don't know what, if any, is going to see the light of day from either.

Here's the pitch:
Gary Gygax was one of the great minds of the 20th century – his innovations have influenced generations of artists and spawned tens of billions of dollars in global revenue. 
With Dungeons & Dragons, Gary crafted a vehicle for engaging the mind at a creative, analytical, social and even emotional level - all at the same time. There is truly nothing else like it. 
Gary's work has woven itself into the fabric of our culture, yet there is no monument to recognize him, not even in his own hometown. (wonder how that failed to happen?) We intend this project to be a filmic monument of sorts – a high-quality, emotionally engaging record of Gary’s story that can be appreciated by gamers and non-gamers alike for generations to come.
As a lifelong player of D&D, I feel this project has been a dream come true. I've met so many of my idols, made so many friends, and developed a deeper understanding of Gary Gygax and his magical game. 
This movie has been three years in the making and is now just months from being completed. We have dozens of interviews and hours of other great footage, and in a rough cut, it already tells a compelling story. 
With your support, we can bring it across the finish line by giving the movie high-end color grading, sound mixing and additional archival photos and video. We have a talented post-production team in place and ready to work as soon as we fund.
Please help us bring Gary's inspiring story to life and create a lasting addition to his legacy. 
- Pat Kilbane, Director
Watch the video on the Kickstarter page. It's less than 3 minutes long and I find it enticing. 

Still not sure I'm going to pull the trigger on this one, but it has funded and is hitting stretch goals.

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