I Hit It With My Axe: Episode Two: F*ck. A Medusa.

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It's still just a group of girls playing D&D, nothing special, boooorrrring

Terrible and boring. The only way to salvage it now is to turn D&D into a sex game. With pornstars. Win.

I say kill the Inn keeper, that bastard has had it too good for too long.

haha just all bad all the time. I gave it a fair chance but im afraid this is not for me.

As a GM myself... this is painful to watch D:

While I could see this having potential you need to cut a lot more out. Over the course of this episode they got a quest from a Medusa (I think). I know a lot of random shit goes on in DnD sessions but most of it isn't all that interesting unless you are a part of it. Also it was kind of confusing what was happening. I didn't remember where the previous episode left off so I was confused as to what was happening when this one started. Maybe you should show a little recap of the previous stuff ("last time on 'I Hit it with my Axe'" and then show some clips).

this is probally the most boring clip i have EVER seen..

I too really want to like this show, but the DM is terrible and the result is a mess. Does it get better?

I've already given my constructive criticism above, so this is more of a general (and personal) note about hosting this series at the Escapist (which, oddly enough, I had never heard of before seeing it referenced on Zac's blog):

Regardless of how much this site's founders/editors may enjoy table-top RPGs, a series like this will not appeal to the majority of its subscribers. For many youngsters, the debt of current video games to DnD and other table-top pursuits is neither readily apparent nor particularly relevant to their interests - hit points and using mathematical formulas to simulate physical action are a given to this audience and they have certainly never viewed the computer/console as an inferior substitute for weekly (in-person) gaming groups. When I watch something like this, it reminds me of how much fun it was to make shit up with my friends (both adventures and rules) when the only 'gaming' alternative was an Atari 2600 - I've kept my 1st ed. Dnd books; the Atari went into the trash heap a long time ago. It's unrealistic to expect anyone who isn't a child of the 70s or 80s to feel anything like that nostalgia when looking at these videos.

I'm sure they feel much like I do when reading previews/reviews/etc. fawning over the latest video game title to promise an 'immersive' experience. Sure, I can appreciate just about anything done with creativity and talent (including porn!) - but the history of video game development, in which the underlying RPG-inspired mechanics have become less and less recognizable, is as much a tragedy as a triumph from my viewpoint. In other words, I'll play Arkham Asylum or God of War - all the while wishing I could know Batman and Kratos' Thac0.

My point, I suppose, is that this series will probably never click with the core demographic of the escapist magazine and that's not really anybody's fault. If the site managers want to keep the series here for personal reasons, I totally appreciate that and will be a loyal viewer for as long as it lasts. Hopefully less and less people will feel the need, though, to announce publicly that they're not the target audience by denigrating either the game to which they owe their digital fun or Zac and his friends who probably get more than enough shit from people for their day jobs.

This video belongs in the cesspools of boring YouTube videos. It's about as exciting as watching a guy play Guitar Hero but you can't see the tv.

This is just like DnD, fucking boring...

Undercover:
What the hell do you guys want? Here's a thought, how about instead of bitching like a bunch of whiny fanboys you actually suggest how the show could be improved? This is a rare opportunity to actually HELP a production rather than just shit all over it, and none of you are taking advantage.

Every new show goes through some growing pains, and I'm not ready to give up on this one yet. Lighting: MUCH better. Pacing: Getting its stride. Editing: a lot tighter.

Zak et. al., you're not there yet, but you're getting the right idea.

I know I'm going to get flak for this like I always do when I disagree with the self-important geeks around here, but if I actually cared what any of them thought, I'd never speak my mind.

Unlike the majority of commenters, I know what its like to produce a show and edit video & its bloody HARD TO DO.

So let them feed their own egos by dumping on your ideas, if that's all they can bring to the table then too bad for them for their lack of imagination or creativity. Its a whole lot easier to tear something down than to try and help improve it.

okay here we go. how about. they actually, and bare with me on this one, do something entertaining? sure its hard to produce and edit yatti yatti, but i dont see what thats got to do with the show being a POS? I, for one, dont mind poor edits or unsteady cameras, but the content of this is just so dull it makes my brain freeze up. How about they roll the dice, read what ever happens and then cut to them actually roleplaying in, I dont know a forest or something to show whats going on

i have to agree with majority of people here, it pretty boring, but add in some more gameplay a bit of quick funny animations and better filming and it could be quite interesting. i see potential here with a bit more effort put into each episodes and maybe some...Ahmm...if you get what i mean, nah i joke that's what the rest of the internet is for.
still i'll give it three more episodes and if it's not interesting by then i'll stop vouching for it.

Undercover:
What the hell do you guys want? Here's a thought, how about instead of bitching like a bunch of whiny fanboys you actually suggest how the show could be improved? This is a rare opportunity to actually HELP a production rather than just shit all over it, and none of you are taking advantage.

Every new show goes through some growing pains, and I'm not ready to give up on this one yet. Lighting: MUCH better. Pacing: Getting its stride. Editing: a lot tighter.

Zak et. al., you're not there yet, but you're getting the right idea.

I know I'm going to get flak for this like I always do when I disagree with the self-important geeks around here, but if I actually cared what any of them thought, I'd never speak my mind.

Unlike the majority of commenters, I know what its like to produce a show and edit video & its bloody HARD TO DO.

So let them feed their own egos by dumping on your ideas, if that's all they can bring to the table then too bad for them for their lack of imagination or creativity. Its a whole lot easier to tear something down than to try and help improve it.

Improvement!HAH!!!!!! Good One!

Ya see the problem here is the concept is terrible!The writing is also terrible!The show is TERRIBLE!!!!

There is a reason most porn-stars don't have successful acting careers!!!!

Also... you try understanding when they like kinda like y'know and your all like "Hey man..like what are you like...doing?"and there all like "Dude!!! WTF Are you saying ? like

i just don't get it. does anyone find this enjoyable but the people in it.

Nerd out burst time
It's called a gorgon
Medusa was just one of them the creature is a gorgon.

I snickered several times. Thus I declare ep.2 a success.

I'm liking it. There's certainly room for improvement, but I could see it getting a lot more interesting once the game takes off a bit. Keep at it!
I do think that most of the other comments are a bit too severe, but this is the Internet. *sigh*

I like it, it's something different. Just wish there could be more content per episode so I could get to know the people more.

This is dreadfully boring, but somehow I'm still enjoying it.

I think it's just my mind rejecting the idea that D&D + porn stars could be boring.

Hmm, still not sure about it. It seems to meander a bit, but it could get better.

avouleance2nd:
Nerd out burst time
It's called a gorgon
Medusa was just one of them the creature is a gorgon.

Actually, you're wrong.

If this was Greek mythology then you'd be right, but this is D&D. In D&D a Medusa is a standard monster type that's based on the mythological creature, but it's a race of monsters and not one particular creature.

i honestly do not know y i find this so comical XD one of those things that makes no sense that just makes me giggly.

a group of fairly good looking women with one of the shittiest DM's in known history. wtf, escapist? you can't be this desperate for content. seriously, his total DMing skills amount to "there's a city over there" "she has a mask thing on a stick" and my favorite, his one npc that sounds like it has throat cancer. I think this is kind of insulting to female gamers, as all of them are strippers, etc. Is that the only way for female gamers get on camera? if they only happen to be "adult entertainers" ?

so, not watching this again.

this is lame. good looking women with the lamest DM of all time, his narrative is so boring I would probably hit myself in the face with a tomahawk just to liven things up a bit.

Undercover:
What the hell do you guys want? Here's a thought, how about instead of bitching like a bunch of whiny fanboys you actually suggest how the show could be improved? This is a rare opportunity to actually HELP a production rather than just shit all over it, and none of you are taking advantage.

Every new show goes through some growing pains, and I'm not ready to give up on this one yet. Lighting: MUCH better. Pacing: Getting its stride. Editing: a lot tighter.

Zak et. al., you're not there yet, but you're getting the right idea.

I know I'm going to get flak for this like I always do when I disagree with the self-important geeks around here, but if I actually cared what any of them thought, I'd never speak my mind.

Unlike the majority of commenters, I know what its like to produce a show and edit video & its bloody HARD TO DO.

So let them feed their own egos by dumping on your ideas, if that's all they can bring to the table then too bad for them for their lack of imagination or creativity. Its a whole lot easier to tear something down than to try and help improve it.

You'd only get flak because of the way you decided to grab the attention of the other viewers.. I too know what it's like to be on set. It's something I've done since high school, went to school for, and heck, I was even an extra in a movie, which is something I'm aiming to do again very soon...

I gave this show a second chance, and I'm sorry, it's just not appealing to me, but just because I know what it's like to be behind the scenes and in front of the camera, I'm not going to act like I should be sitting at a higher level than the other viewers..

You say you don't care, but you lash out anyway... After reading the previous comments, none of them seemed all that bad... Considering that you end up reading comments like that everywhere, why let it bother you? Sure they could be more productive, but to take the approach that you did? It's not going to help your cause at all...

Forums are here for people to voice their opinions... Not all of them are going to find the show appealing enough to want to help it out. All I can suggest is, if it bothers you that much that you talk down on other viewers, don't read the forums at all... Because you're creating flame-bait... You may not care, but the mods will see it as a problem if it keeps up.

magnuslion:
a group of fairly good looking women with one of the shittiest DM's in known history. wtf, escapist? you can't be this desperate for content. seriously, his total DMing skills amount to "there's a city over there" "she has a mask thing on a stick" and my favorite, his one npc that sounds like it has throat cancer. I think this is kind of insulting to female gamers, as all of them are strippers, etc. Is that the only way for female gamers get on camera? if they only happen to be "adult entertainers" ?

so, not watching this again.

Actually, Mr Magnuslion, I'm a Comic Book Illustrator who happened to strip and do porn for a couple of years of my life. The Idea of the show is that girls like to play D&D too... Even Porn Stars and Strippers and Hairdressers. Maybe you'd like to watch a show that has all Female Paralegals playing D&D? Either people like watching other people Play Dungeons and Dragons or they don't. Personally I love watching people play D&D and listening to various D&D pod casts. Its not for everyone and we know this. If you didn't like the idea in the first place, why would you watch it? The TV show the Bachelor doesn't interest me at all but I don't go on the Bachelor's forums going on and on about how much it sucks. Why would any one waste their time commenting on a show that they wouldn't watch no matter who was cast in it?

RougeWaveform:
I'm liking it. There's certainly room for improvement, but I could see it getting a lot more interesting once the game takes off a bit. Keep at it!
I do think that most of the other comments are a bit too severe, but this is the Internet. *sigh*

Thanks a bunch! When I play other people's D&D Shows/Podcasts I like it when its long and I listen to it/watch it in the background when i'm working. My personal opinion is that this show should be at least 10 minutes long if not 20 minutes with "previously on ..." commentary at the begining of the show so you can really get into what is going on and connect with the characters better. But I'm not the editor or producer. Its really up to them.

Well its still infinetly better than Game Dogs. I like reality tv though. It would help for this show to focus on something interesting. It could be used to show that the game is fun but instead makes me think of how boring playing D&D is.

I think it would help to focus on the theme of non D&D players trying to get into the game. Thats why Sasha Grey is my favorite. I can relate most to her. The porn star novelty is wearing off for this show to be truly entertaining beyond its first episode. Even the guys in the background seemed bored :P

Yeah I do have to wonder about all those people who don't care about the premise... why the hell are you still watching?

Personally I love it. It's not the kind of thing to make me roar with laughter, but it's this sort of continuous stream of gentle entertainment. I think the editing could be a little better though. It's definitely a good thing that you don't show the whole thing continuously because that would be very boring, but I think it would pay to show just a tad more roleplaying.

Keep the basis of just skipping to the more important and funnier bits, but don't make the skips quite so sudden as now.

I guess a lot of people are having some incorrect expectations, this isn't porn just because it has adult entertainers in it and it isn't a DnD experience just because it has DnD in it. It's a bunch of fun people playing a game that has plenty potential for confusion and funny arguments. If that doesn't appeal to you, stop torturing yourself by watching something you know you won't like. (And stop torturing others by complaining about it)

Undercover:
What the hell do you guys want? Here's a thought, how about instead of bitching like a bunch of whiny fanboys you actually suggest how the show could be improved? This is a rare opportunity to actually HELP a production rather than just shit all over it, and none of you are taking advantage.

Every new show goes through some growing pains, and I'm not ready to give up on this one yet. Lighting: MUCH better. Pacing: Getting its stride. Editing: a lot tighter.

Zak et. al., you're not there yet, but you're getting the right idea.

I know I'm going to get flak for this like I always do when I disagree with the self-important geeks around here, but if I actually cared what any of them thought, I'd never speak my mind.

Unlike the majority of commenters, I know what its like to produce a show and edit video & its bloody HARD TO DO.

So let them feed their own egos by dumping on your ideas, if that's all they can bring to the table then too bad for them for their lack of imagination or creativity. Its a whole lot easier to tear something down than to try and help improve it.

There is ONLY one improvement that can be made to this show. Cancelling it. Or killing it with fire. Either works.

Also funny you follow this line "Unlike the majority of commenters, I know what its like to produce a show and edit video" with "So let them feed their own egos"

DarkSaber:

Undercover:
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There is ONLY one improvement that can be made to this show. Cancelling it. Or killing it with fire. Either works.

Yes I can sympathise. This annoying viral show keeps dragging in my mouse pointer, forcing me to click it and watch the entire length of it before it will let me do anything else as well.

As a DM myself I'm still enjoying it, I can watch people play D&D and still be interested. It's also a little disappointing to see people criticize Zak's DMing style based on 5 minutes of video instead of looking at his blog.

Yeah, some DMs don't get really theatrical, that doesn't mean they can't run a good game. The important things that need to be done when DMing D&D actually has very little to do with whether or not you choose to voice act all the NPCs, but more to do with how you do your world-building and whether you can put together an adventure that keeps your players interested.

I sat through the first one thinking it would get better. I mean plenty of shows I like have started off slowly so, like, give it a chance, right?

Ugh. This is just bad. Even worse than the bloody dogs.

I feel like it's attempt to pull off another Felicia Day thing ala The Guild. That is, attractive women do nerdy things and put it online to build nerd following. The key difference being that The Guild is bland and sort of endearing, with a mixed and cutsey boy/girl-next-door vibe, while this is just straight boring with girls who, while hot, are kinda gross.

TazTheTerrible:

DarkSaber:

Undercover:
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There is ONLY one improvement that can be made to this show. Cancelling it. Or killing it with fire. Either works.

Yes I can sympathise. This annoying viral show keeps dragging in my mouse pointer, forcing me to click it and watch the entire length of it before it will let me do anything else as well.

lol, exactly.

Nobody is forcing any of you to watch this. If you don't like it, don't watch it. Quit your bitching and leave the show to those who can enjoy it.

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