"When the first post on your thread is not even a "First" leading to a suspension, but a link to another series that does what you are attempting to do but better, which is posted a good 15 minutes after your video... your show has failed."
Well, either that or you and he are plants trying to direct traffic to that site. Reminds me of Amazon.com, where you see a review of a book where the (plant) person says "Yeah, that book was good, and if you liked it you'll LOVE this one!" I'm sure the producers of I Hit it With My Axe thank you for thinking so highly of their work that you feel it will drive traffic to the videos of people playing the current edition of the world's most popular RPG. Or maybe you're trying to start a useless edition war. Or some other juvenile thing. Heck, maybe you're just pissed that you didn't get to see boobies.
"... i can only take the ditsy girls for so long"
Hey dude, whatever floats your boat. But slamming the girls like that--didn't your mother teach you basic manners and how to act towards women? I guess you never felt any desire to play a Paladin or Cavalier, huh? Those pesky Chivalry rules kept getting in the way?
The Robo Chicken stuff looks good, if you like that sort of thing. But somehow I can't relate to the guys playing. It all seems so sterile. Where's the real people making do with whatever is at hand for a miniature? Plus, WTF is with those chairs right out of the Godfather? Looks like what Al Pacino used in his mansion in Scarface. Shit, even Tony Montana had a wee bit of coke on the table in front of him. Where's the chips? Soda? BEER!? ? Messiness? The METAL! playing in the background?!?! Where's the crude jokes and Star Wars tangents? Where's the scrounging for table space on a small table? Where's the shit that normal D&D groups have strewn about? I gotta say that, minus the women, my game looks a lot more like Zak's than the Robot Chicken people's game.
That being said, to each his own. I like the real people playing real games in their combo-living room/bedroom/kitchen, crackin' wise and playing a game with old friends, more than watching what's essentially a marketing video.
Zero Patern said:
"Christ, I'm so tired of people writing it off simply because it has porn stars in it, and as such must be a devious plot by the shady escapist staff to get views through exploiting our sexual frustration.
It's watchable, but it really doesn't stand out that much to tell you the truth."
See, I agree with this and with your later comment, and I think that's why people are saying they're through with the series after episode 5. What really goes on in people's minds while watching the episodes is:
"Maybe we'll finally see a tit, or some girl-on-girl action this time. Shit. Was that a boobie? Damnit! He cut away too fast! I couldn't see it. Lemme slow mo...pause...nope, no boob. Damnit! What's the sense of watching Sasha Grey if I can't whack off! Another choppy glimpse...Hold the camera still! Is that an ass cheek? No, a kneecap. Grr.. Ok, maybe next week."
Next week rolls around, lather, rinse, repeat. "Damnit! 5 episodes, 30 minutes, and still nothing to spank it to! This sucks! I quit!"
Now, what comes out of their keyboards as their reasons to stop watching are "Yeah, the video is choppy, and they're boring and dizzy people."
"Their awkwardness of what to do and their limited imaginations make this rather painful. In concept having stripper and porn stars doing anything is cool. But the concept falls flat on inception. We wnt to watch strippers and porn stars use their 'skills' in variuos other tasks, in this case play D&D. If they don't strip and or 'porn' (used as a verb) then there is no difference in watching just normal, actually cute or hot girls play."
Sooo...you don't like a video of strippers and porn stars playing D&D, because you don't want to watch strippers and porn stars play D&D...makes me wonder why you watched something billed as strippers and porn stars playing D&D then. I guess its one of those mysteries of life...like the Bermuda Triangle, the Sphinx, and how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop. I betcha if you watched one of the girls attempt to lick the Tootsie Pop while playing D&D you'd like it a lot better...
Hurr Hurr Drp said:
"I agree this was the best episode yet. Still not great, but good enough to make me give this show a second chance."
Unlike you Hurr Hurr, there are a lot of people bailing after just a few 5 minute episodes. You remember a show called All in the Family from the 70's? One of the most controversial, groundbreaking, culture-shaping shows of a generation? They went the whole first season, and the network was on the verge of cancelling it. Lucky they gave it more than 20-something 30 minute episodes to find an audience and find its voice...
For the record, I think Zak is up to a total of 30 minutes in 5 episodes now.
(first of all, his name fits the comments)
"I have to agree with the lack of imagination mentioned earlier.
To pull a Yahtzee, it feels like Im watching some exotic birds struggling painfully to breath in a cloud of the pollution tainted air over Beijing.
Only the pollution is 100% pure nerd agent. And the birds do anal.
Blah, Im getting off topic.
Suggestion, should you ever try this again:
Let em play themselves as level 20 'whatevers'.
And throw em into the City of Brass.
At least they'll know what to do when a bunch of ugly creeps try to turn them into sex slaves.
And it'll be alot more interesting than watching a group of chicks whose primary defense mechanism is 'roll onto back, spread legs' feebly trying to come up with combat strategies to defeat amorphous blobs and/or expressing their utter disinterest in something that isnt a sex organ."
Sounds like somebody has some mother issues, huh? Point on the dolly to where Mommy touched you...
Before you get to the point of "It rubs the lotion on its skin," why don't you go seek some professional help buddy, and not look for S&M stuff on a video advertised as a few people playing D&D.
Void(null) chimes in yet again with:
"The problem with the show is that the focus is not the D&D, or on what the players are doing... but rather the point of focus is the players themselves.
Too much "Look, we have strippers" and not enough "playing D&D." "
Seems like you're making the focus the players day jobs, while thinking of other kinds of "jobs". Other than the hostess getting her friend the drink, and a few seconds of texting, I don't think there was much else to the vid OTHER THAN playing D&D. Now it may not be the same D&D played by Funky Chickens in the harsh cold sterile environment of the Modrons, where it looks like Felix Unger arranged everyone's character sheet on the massively oversized table that wouldn't fit in any 3 rooms of my house, but it's D&D nonetheless.
"This series is an embarrassment to the Escapist."
Focus on the Family---in the HOOOOUUUSSSSE!
"The plot WAS to use the porn stars to boost interest, devious or otherwise. They're not witty, smart people, or talented actresses: they are porn stars. That's why they are porn stats. They're in the show as a spectacle. While I don't watch these other DnD shows by PA and whoever these folks are linking, my assumption is the focus is the DnD game...not the spectacle.
As for this episode...I watched about thirty seconds. Mostly skipping around scene to scene. The DM remains in my opinion: ridiculously bad at his position.
If you really want success with this show, Escapist - get a good DM. Someone who will keep the flow of the video and conversations at a level that's ACTUALLY entertaining. You can leave the spectacle in, but don't keep it the focus."
Assuming you're right, and its all about the spectacle and the DM sucks eggs...you're right. No one in America cares about spectacle at all. Who would watch a show of any type just for spectacle? (TMZ, Perez Hilton, Reality TV Shows, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Tabloids, Nascar Crashes, Fox News, Sarah Palin----nothing but substance there...)
Assuming you're wrong, and you secretly like spectacle as much as the next guy, it makes me think you just didn't see the spectacle you were looking for. Perhaps you focused a bit too much on the porn stars and less on the D&D, and were left like Hedwig and his Angry Inch, flacidly wanting more...
Plus, who's a better DM? One who can wing it no matter what the characters decide to do, like Zak? Or someone who spends half the session telling the players how the rules dictate how they are able to respond to things, hence limiting their imaginations?
I like the show. I like the folks in it---they're regular people, having a good time. They have different day jobs than you and I, but who cares? If you come to the series looking to cum, you'll be disappointed. If you come to watch a group of friends playing D&D, and perhaps are able to let go of some of your anger issues with women (Dark Reaction) through doing so, because it triggers 16 years of intense psychotherapy visits, then so much the better. That's one less woman who ends up in a wood chipper or buried under your front porch.
I'm looking forward to the next episode...