I Hit It With My Axe: Episode Four: A Lot Of Spiders

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As someone who is learning how to play D&D, I like the idea of watching players play the game. I however dislike the editing in this show. It shows snippets of the adventure, general chatter and is broken up by music snippets.

This show may be enjoyable to watch if you simply want to watch the players say quirky things. I think my search for instructive/enjoyable D&D game session videos goes on.

I finally watched the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th episodes last night. Much better. The first episode wasn't too good, but now that we've moved past the introductions...

I like it. A lot.

_Nocturnal:

PapaJoeMambo:
3) -snip-

I do agree that some of the responses are indeed unhelpful, there are those that have been giving constructive criticism since the beginning that I feel he may have overlooked when he decided to type that out..

Even with the more offensive posts, things like editing and continuity are the majority of things brought to attention as a problem with the show. While they can't really do much for those that say "I'm out! Not for me." or "get hotter chicks kthnx." I think it would be foolish to ignore and exclude those that say "Hey, what's going on? I don't understand the show because of the way it's being edited." Especially when it seems like the majority of the people who decided to take the time to post on these threads share the same overall problem.

If anything I think those that say "BOOOORING!" are either those that just come to the escapist asking the site to make them laugh, or they misunderstand what they really want from the show.. If it had more rhythm to it and more of a flow, then they wouldn't feel as if it was boring to them.

That and you'll have to excuse me a bit, I always forget that not everyone sees constructive criticism in even the most destructive of opinions. If some one were to say "I hate this PoS!!" But gives even the tiniest reason as to why, I see that as some form of constructive criticism that may or may not be used to improve the quality of the show.

Wiezzen:

khaimera:

Wiezzen:

historybuff:
Game Dogs and now this. The women are not really particularly clever or enthusiastic or anything.

This makes Game Dogs look like solid gold comedy.

At least there are cute girls to look at. Game Dogs has zero reedeming qualities. Thsi show has one in my opinion. Not that this series is any good, but saying that Game Dogs was better than anything made my heart hurt.

What cute girls? They all look fugly and used up, in my opinion.
I'm not much of a fan of Game Dogs either but this series is just so fucking awful, at least episode 3 of Game Dogs was funny.

Mostly, but Sasha is cute in my opinion. And I gave up after episdoe two of Game Dogs. I bet three was funny in that it was compared to the previous entries. OMG there's talking dogs. What a concept.

What is the point of this? am I supposed to be turned on or something? should I care about how dumb these girls seem? (not that women are dumb mind you, just these no-brainers)

Honestly, the best thing so far are all the mean comments about the vids, and the hate they get - lol.

The only reason these kids want to watch it has the do with the "huge tracks of land" these girls own (little monty python ref for you).

ThaBenMan:

ThatTallGuy:
It seems to be getting better, but what was up with the random few seconds of metal music in the middle of the video?

She said "Who wants my throwing axe? I'm getting too weighed down with stuff." and the music clip went "How heavy this axe" (from the song of the same name) - see what they did there? I thought it was hilarious (I'm a huge fan of The Sword, the band that made that song)

Best episode yet, I think. I'm one of the few who liked it pretty well from the beginning...

Ah. I understand now. I couldn't hear what was being said in the song. I see it now.

I liked this episode so I'm watching next week.

al502:

Mad Stalin:
everyone who think this is entertaining should search "robot chicken D&d" on youtube for a show worth watching

you right this is funny and this is what i hit it with my axe needs.

Yeah it is what they need, but the possibility of them doing so let alone pull it off is beyond minds grasp.

Zak, please quit saying "like" every other word.

I find nothing interesting about this but the combination of D&D and porn stars keeps bringing me back, I'm such a tool....

Forgive my bluntness but what the hell was that? I can't believe I wasted those 7 minutes. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but no. The girls are somewhat attractive, but they have this goth shit going on that no one likes except other goths. Normally I like trying to be constructive with my criticism, but that would be like trying to make a turd edible.

Maybe I don't get it.

Spiderwerewolf
New monster class!

PanicxBoss:

al502:

too true, i do think that a large number of comments were in poor taste. it's like they're the kind of people who look at a piece of art with a naked person in it and accuse it of being porn. It's just nice to know i'm not the only person not watching it because some of people may be or have been pornstars.

Well, uh, that was kind of the premise that they launched it with. That's not why I watched it either, but the hook for the community was "pornstars playing D&D". Says so in the site description. And the way you played that metaphor, you made it seem like this is art... It ain't. This is an amateur video of several average-looking women with intriguing hairstyles sitting around a table rolling dice. Which, in my opinion (and in art terms) puts it somewhere below Cassius Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker". I mean, this is like an average person filming their average D&D session and posting it online... it's boring to watch, but fun to participate in.

Um, my first comment here, so please excuse if I'm not doing the writing and quoting correctly. These are my sentiments exactly, I mean seriously, they are a bunch of normal looking and dressed girls, playing a game, where sometimes funny and interesting things happen. In my oppinion they are not showing anything to complain about, boobs or other scary girly parts, I mean it's not even touched on, that is not the point of these shorts and even an existing problem one should be focused on. It's marketed well, but it has something to stand on when you actually see it. The background of these girls is provocative enough to want to see it, yes, but that, again, is just a tagline, outside of which there is nothing, only a few sentences in the first episode. After a while you start to see why it could be interesting to watch and it is the furthest thing from porn, stripping, hair-cutting or whatever. I don't inderstand what the big deal is and what other people see that I don't. Perhaps it is because I am a female myself, which explains a lot. Sorry it's so long.

xxxx1234:

PanicxBoss:

al502:

too true, i do think that a large number of comments were in poor taste. it's like they're the kind of people who look at a piece of art with a naked person in it and accuse it of being porn. It's just nice to know i'm not the only person not watching it because some of people may be or have been pornstars.

Well, uh, that was kind of the premise that they launched it with. That's not why I watched it either, but the hook for the community was "pornstars playing D&D". Says so in the site description. And the way you played that metaphor, you made it seem like this is art... It ain't. This is an amateur video of several average-looking women with intriguing hairstyles sitting around a table rolling dice. Which, in my opinion (and in art terms) puts it somewhere below Cassius Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker". I mean, this is like an average person filming their average D&D session and posting it online... it's boring to watch, but fun to participate in.

Um, my first coment here, so please excuse if I'm not doing the writing and quoting correctly. This is right on my sentiments, I mean seriously, they are a buch of normal looking and dressed people, playing a game, where sometimes funny and interesting things happen. I'm a young woman, in my oppinion they are not THAT amazing looking, but that's not the point at all and not the thing one should be focused on. It's marketed well, it has something to stand on when you actually see, the background of these girls is provocative enough to want to see it, but that, again, is not the reason people like it. It doesn'T even have so much boobs in it to see and to complain. Sorry it's so long. Me firs time, haha.

Can anyone look amazing to everyone? OoO

Why are you sorry? o~o

That it is so long. This is more like it. By "amazing" I ment "to be focused only on that and forgetting it is not that the idea".

xxxx1234:
That it is so long. This is more like it. By "amazing" I ment "to be focused only on that and forgetting it is not that the idea".

Its pretty short compared to what you will see.

as the great marketers have said in days of old "woman sell." OoO they should try it with male adult entertainers, maybe the results will be the same ^o^ or worse.

The ones complaining about the girls' looks are the funniest:

"Naturally, I'd expect the woman types in my Escapist videos to look hot, possibly be naked and do their absolute best to turn me on.
Because if they don't do those things, then they're obviously just put here because they have boobs, aren't they?"

I actually like it

and I like Game Dogs too.. which says all sorts of things about me..

and for me, the editing is part of the charm..

it's kinda surreal... I mean, you got girls.. from the adult industry no less.. playing DnD... only way this could get weirder is if they were all nuns...

surreal RPGing ftw! :D

Seriously these girls dad's were obviously not around much, can't imagine the stench of cheap perfume and ciggarettes in that room

Set up at least three cameras on the tripods around the table, use less cutting and it would be watchable. The interest factor is not so high, I barely watched 30 seconds before first skipping and then closing the tab.

it seems to me that a lot of you have lead sheltered little lives devoid of any realism, and dont actually know what you're watching. you're looking for something to "get" or "understand".

understand this: people have friends(if its a concept you're not familiar with bear with me) if they want to videotape the time they spend with them, thats all it is, if you dont find these girls interesting unless they're naked then you've clearly spent too much time touching yourself :)

Paradoxial:
it seems to me that a lot of you have lead sheltered little lives devoid of any realism, and dont actually know what you're watching. you're looking for something to "get" or "understand".

understand this: people have friends(if its a concept you're not familiar with bear with me) if they want to videotape the time they spend with them, thats all it is, if you dont find these girls interesting unless they're naked then you've clearly spent too much time touching yourself :)

O.O This is realism? Do you know that reality shows, are not realism. "zak" the DM and creator of this series has stated on his blog that he wants this to be a reality series. Hint hint it is a bunch of people being paid (Called "actors") to do a video series. Its a show, if you want bloody realism go outside(the place with a bright light known as the sun, and has people to interact with. Do not be afraid it is not deadly as it seems) and drive/walk/bike to the nearest game/comic store, that has tabletop groups playing there then you will 'UNDERSTAND' what realism is. And if you do not "GET" it; or if the big bright scary place overwhelms you, go back to the safety and shelter of your "Dwelling".

"Money makes the world go round!"

Bloodysoldier:

Paradoxial:
it seems to me that a lot of you have lead sheltered little lives devoid of any realism, and dont actually know what you're watching. you're looking for something to "get" or "understand".

understand this: people have friends(if its a concept you're not familiar with bear with me) if they want to videotape the time they spend with them, thats all it is, if you dont find these girls interesting unless they're naked then you've clearly spent too much time touching yourself :)

O.O This is realism? Do you know that reality shows, are not realism. "zak" the DM and creator of this series has stated on his blog that he wants this to be a reality series. Hint hint it is a bunch of people being paid (Called "actors") to do a video series. Its a show, if you want bloody realism go outside(the place with a bright light known as the sun, and has people to interact with. Do not be afraid it is not deadly as it seems) and drive/walk/bike to the nearest game/comic store, that has tabletop groups playing there then you will 'UNDERSTAND' what realism is. And if you do not "GET" it; or if the big bright scary place overwhelms you, go back to the safety and shelter of your "Dwelling".

"Money makes the world go round!"

notice i never said the show itself was actually real. i was more trolling on the comments on the poor editing rather than reality tv. instead of realism i should have referred to it as something along the lines of indie or homemade or some such thing. however, good rant, dont see a lot of tasteful stuff anymore.

on a side note i personally think they all get into it quite well except Sasha, she doesnt seem to be enjoying herself at all and i think its hilarious

Paradoxial:

understand this: people have friends(if its a concept you're not familiar with bear with me) if they want to videotape the time they spend with them, thats all it is

Hah... you DO realize you're basically insulting both the Escapist and Zak (the creator of the video) by saying this.

This isn't YouTube where any crap can get posted. This was meant from the beginning to be a LOT higher quality and much more valuable than a guy video-taped his friends out of boredom and slapped it up on the web for shits and giggles. I personally know for a fact that Zak has spent A LOT of effort into putting the whole thing together and making it funny and awesome (by his own standards), including going back and re-editing the first episodes from scratch several times.

And yet you saunter up and try to defend it by basically saying "OMG you guys just it's just some random dude who videotaped his friends one day that's ALL IT IS!!". That's just fricking hilarious. I'm sure everybody involved in the video is gonna be THRILLED to hear you say that. LOL.

Tropico1:

Paradoxial:

understand this: people have friends(if its a concept you're not familiar with bear with me) if they want to videotape the time they spend with them, thats all it is

Hah... you DO realize you're basically insulting both the Escapist and Zak (the creator of the video) by saying this.

This isn't YouTube where any crap can get posted. This was meant from the beginning to be a LOT higher quality and much more valuable than a guy video-taped his friends out of boredom and slapped it up on the web for shits and giggles. I personally know for a fact that Zak has spent A LOT of effort into putting the whole thing together and making it funny and awesome (by his own standards), including going back and re-editing the first episodes from scratch several times.

And yet you saunter up and try to defend it by basically saying "OMG you guys just it's just some random dude who videotaped his friends one day that's ALL IT IS!!". That's just fricking hilarious. I'm sure everybody involved in the video is gonna be THRILLED to hear you say that. LOL.

woah, i never complained about the quality, in fact if you knew how to read i just replied to a comment previously where i was actually ripping on the people who didnt like the quality. and wheres all this crap about "some random dude" and "shits and giggles" come from? i see a lot of words coming out but not a lot that i said

maybe if you were actually literate like the last guy you would have an argument but as it is you're just full of yourself, very, very full of yourself....have you thought about taking a poop lately?

Paradoxial:
it seems to me that a lot of you have lead sheltered little lives devoid of any realism, and dont actually know what you're watching.

Sorry, unable to type much today. (I am setting up my new Aquarium)

That short sentence can be (and probably is by most people) seen as if you are saying that this video series is realism.

Paradoxial:

Bloodysoldier:

Paradoxial:
sniptastic

snipgasim

notice i never said the show itself was actually real. i was more trolling on the comments on the poor editing rather than reality tv. instead of realism i should have referred to it as something along the lines of indie or homemade or some such thing. however, good rant, dont see a lot of tasteful stuff anymore.

on a side note i personally think they all get into it quite well except Sasha, she doesnt seem to be enjoying herself at all and i think its hilarious

An Indie series I can go with and will agree to that.

My new aquarium calls to me ^o^

i LOVE THIS SHOW <3333

all i can say is..... you should really get an experienced 3rd edition player to play with them. they are defenantly just all over the place with everything.

Please put this show out of its misery

septemris:
Gave it a second chance.
Nope. As boring as before. Couldn't watch it all.
There's really nothing interesting in this.

I agree
this is the first show on the escapist that i'm gonna give up watching

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Hey they know who to call for backup!

Anyway. it's...okay. No harm no foul. It seems a little thrown together. Like a couple of nerds on youtube recording. I mean they really need a steady camera and a few shots. Jumping around makes it very hard to see and random guitar riffs and cutaways to the girls make it more and more confusing.

Good, but feels like there is no rhyme to any reason.

Some of the respondents don't realize that this group was not assembled to make a show. They were already a D&D group. The show is trying to capture the way they play. For those who argue they should have got people more to your taste for the show, that would defeat the point. These are real people, really playing D&D, first and foremost.

For those whose criticism is that the show still needs better editing or other technical issues, hey, thanks for contributing with constructive criticism. Some of the constructive criticism since the first episode has been right on target.

For those disappointed that the show involves these specific people, I'm afraid you're missing the point. This show is about these people and what they do together, which is play D&D. Surprise! Porn stars don't exist solely for your gratification. They are real people and have real lives, and some of them play D&D.

For those disappointed that the show is about D&D, that's okay. There are other shows for you to watch: a lot of other shows. This one is for us.

As for this episode, we are definitely improving. There were more extended sequences of dialog, making the plot easier to follow. Continue reducing the rapid cuts, steady the camera some more, and above all lengthen the episodes, and this documentary will be on solid ground.

Rick Marshall:
Continue reducing the rapid cuts and above all lengthen the episodes, and this documentary will be on solid ground.

amen.

Rick Marshall:
Some of the respondents don't realize that this group was not assembled to make a show. They were already a D&D group. The show is trying to capture the way they play. For those who argue they should have got people more to your taste for the show, that would defeat the point. These are real people, really playing D&D, first and foremost.

That doesn't change the fact that these people aren't very entertaining to watch. It's great that they're "showing it how it is", but the concept overstayed its welcome after episode 1. I'm sure the folks in the videos go "aaaah, good times..." whenever they watch them, but we don't have that kind of emotional connection because we weren't there and we don't actually know the players.

Call it crap if you want but secretly everone loves Frankie

Bullet Alchemist:
Call it crap if you want but secretly everone loves Frankie

The guy from 'Everybody loves Raymond'? Yeah your right! Secretly everyone loves Frank Barone, now mister Bullet Alchemist make me a sammich!

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