I Hit It With My Axe: Episode Eight: Don't Tell Us, Right Now!

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Mariena:
Justine Jolie!

*swoon*

I second that motion.

Me: Ooooo... a redhead!

Plus see seems into it. Bonus! I don't even play D&D, but it's nice to see people who are interested in what they do.

Good stuff! This reminds me of a time when I DMed my group and they got stuck in a mystical forest that had no end... at least front to back, left to right. They eventually figured it out that all they had to do to get out was go up... 4 hours later! Oh the look on their faces! Good times XD I also like that they are using 3.5 (or I think they are). Don't like 4ed at all.

Kinda makes me want to join their group for all the rp greatness! I like the miniatures, but I have always looked to odd places for the ones I use. I even use some star wars monopoly pewter figures! The emperor makes a great evil mage :)

We use a homebrew hybrid of AD&D and 3.5.

mandymorbid:
We use a homebrew hybrid of AD&D and 3.5.

Right on! I kinda do the some thing for my group. I blend a mix of 2nd AD&D with 3.5, especially the monsters, magical items, and sometimes spells (more so the monsters). I have gotten used to converting the older monsters to 3.5 and sometimes (but rarely) 4ed too.

Keep up the awesome work! I might *cough cough* borrow some ideas for my group too LOL

Ha! I liked the show already but this is the best episode yet. :-D
Hilarious stuff happens and for once everybody seems really into it (including Justine). Keep it up!

funguses... lol, but yeah its getting better

Funguses is not incorrect. Look it up in the dictionary yourself if you don't believe us.

Lol... "I will not hit you!"

That was a very funny episode; keep it up - ten minutes is not too long.

Good episode - the opposite-talking shenanigans were quite amusing.

Excellent episode! Getting better with each one.

Gd Kim is violent, loved the gobbo impression zak lol.

also JJ is a upgrade from Sasha as she seems into the game more.

Marry me Mandy Morbid!
I'm digging this series.
EDIT after review of episode:
Marry me Justine Jolie!!

mandymorbid:
We use a homebrew hybrid of AD&D and 3.5.

Tell Frankie I love her...

Edit: OK, I know that's a little creepy, but she is really cute! I had mixed feelings about the show but I kept going back to see more of her and it's started to grow on me more, especially since the novelty of "OMG PORN STARS" has died down a bit and it's become more about watching people enjoying the game. (Which is odd because I know bugger-all about D&D and have never played it in my life...)

I'm really liking this show so far, but I especially liked this episode "Where isn't the princess?" "Never help us!" etc, also hacking off the goblins foot? Ha ha, he ain't walking on the ceiling any more...

Criticism: To satisfy my curiosity I wouldn't mind seeing what type of character each girl is playing. I'm pretty sure Frankie is a Rogue, KK is a barbarian and a Mandy is a cleric? Everyone else I haven't really been able to place.

A great way to start a new session. Also, great at the extended length, the more the better.

Anyway, I was wondering, if any of you from the show read the comments, if Zak's custom rules are viewable somewhere. Another thing I would like to see would be something similar to attachments with each episode perhaps showing off the map the players have, handouts or whatever else the players get to see. That little notebook looks pretty interesting.

Keep up the good work!

hehe, I dint get it was an opposite day theme until after the goblin liked getting his foot chopped off, which kinda freaked me out a little.
Funny stuff though, and DM's should always do more voices :)

Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

Wow, the energy level was off the chart this episode! Must be the mushrooms.

I enjoyed the inclusion of Justine. No offense to Sasha, but she didn't seem that into it. Justine is enthusiastic and instantly likeable.

Wow, this show has come a long way, the editing and sound is a lot better now. Entertaining episode.

I can see having to speak opposite will eventually end in violence - especially when trying to find out if you have just uncovered the secret entrance or possibly the secret exit!

II2:
Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

I think you are missing the point imo.

The subject is D&D, the hook is attractive women, but the main point is you add these two together and you have yourself one heck of a campaign.

It's irony and sarcasm at its best.

The stereotype for D&D is nerdy boys playing D&D with soda pop and cheetos while the DM is making Boris Karloff impressions. I would never have imagined a womens (especially the ones playing in "I Hit It With My Axe") group to ever play D&D. The other stereotype is that pretty girls don't play D&D, much less know what a d20 is, or what the term DM means (etc, etc, etc). The breaking of these stereotype is great fun, and dare I say, genius.

There are other undertones of irony but I don't want to outline an essay with a thesis, supporting topic sentences, or a paragraph of opposition ^__^

I know the editing was not quite what it should be, but that goes with anything, and I mean anything you do for the first time. There are always the rough spots, but as I and other musicians say when practicing "I need to spend time to woodshed it," and once you have the rhythm and notes down it's all about "polishing it."

It's just great to watch these players rp their characters and try and outsmart the DM! All the while, creating interest in D&D. This is a win win for sure!

Frankie is very attractive. Shame I have no interest in having any kind of relationship with anyone at all ^_^ Not that it would matter even if I did. LOL

Just reading some of these comments got me to wondering. How did this all start I wonder. Did the girls play regularly or even at all before the idea for the videos? I doubt it but possible. Or was it all planned out and their just playing along with no genuine interest.
Not that it really matters as people will still watch and so long as they watch the videos will still get made. But I'm just curious as to which came first.

neuroman42:
Another great episode, and you cannot beat beautiful girls playing D&D.

I beg to differ. Beautiful girls playing D&D and actually knowing what the hell they're doing is better. I'm sorry, but am I the only one who has a problem with how horribly this game is run? It's not D&D is some spastic distant cousin of D&D that WotC wouldn't acknowledge if they ran into it on the street. Seriously, the DM doesn't seem to know what he's doing, the players are COMPLETELY clueless. The only redeeming factor about this entire series was the backwards talking in this episode, and that even took them far too long to figure out.

I get that watching hot girls do nerdy things is awesome, but it's less awesome when they're doing it badly. In fact, it completely loses any semblance of awesome and just becomes annoying and very seriously stupid. I read these posts and thought that maybe the show got better, so I stuck with it, and my opinion remains unaltered. I'll be disappointed if another episode makes it. This series would be a steaming pile of shit, but it's not even fresh enough for the steam part. It's a stale pile of shit...

EHCM:

II2:
Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

I think you are missing the point imo.

The subject is D&D, the hook is attractive women, but the main point is you add these two together and you have yourself one heck of a campaign.

It's irony and sarcasm at its best.

The stereotype for D&D is nerdy boys playing D&D with soda pop and cheetos while the DM is making Boris Karloff impressions. I would never have imagined a womens (especially the ones playing in "I Hit It With My Axe") group to ever play D&D. The other stereotype is that pretty girls don't play D&D, much less know what a d20 is, or what the term DM means (etc, etc, etc). The breaking of these stereotype is great fun, and dare I say, genius.

There are other undertones of irony but I don't want to outline an essay with a thesis, supporting topic sentences, or a paragraph of opposition ^__^

I know the editing was not quite what it should be, but that goes with anything, and I mean anything you do for the first time. There are always the rough spots, but as I and other musicians say when practicing "I need to spend time to woodshed it," and once you have the rhythm and notes down it's all about "polishing it."

It's just great to watch these players rp their characters and try and outsmart the DM! All the while, creating interest in D&D. This is a win win for sure!

Comprehending social stereotypes non-issue. Been DM/Storyteller for 25+ years running. Familiar with the industry, its publications and patrons.

Irony and sarcasm, yes, but not noteworthy. Exercise in realizing obvious "opposite" anticipations.

Aware being a grumpy, critical cynic deprives me of the enjoyment, so good on them if they're having fun making their game video, but this doesn't fit my preferance.

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edt: Concede, vicariously, Ms. Morbid has -goddamn- beautiful features and skin.

pornstars playing nerd games what more could you ask for?

I soo want to be a part of this, or soemthing similar

II2:

EHCM:

II2:
Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

I think you are missing the point imo.

The subject is D&D, the hook is attractive women, but the main point is you add these two together and you have yourself one heck of a campaign.

It's irony and sarcasm at its best.

The stereotype for D&D is nerdy boys playing D&D with soda pop and cheetos while the DM is making Boris Karloff impressions. I would never have imagined a womens (especially the ones playing in "I Hit It With My Axe") group to ever play D&D. The other stereotype is that pretty girls don't play D&D, much less know what a d20 is, or what the term DM means (etc, etc, etc). The breaking of these stereotype is great fun, and dare I say, genius.

There are other undertones of irony but I don't want to outline an essay with a thesis, supporting topic sentences, or a paragraph of opposition ^__^

I know the editing was not quite what it should be, but that goes with anything, and I mean anything you do for the first time. There are always the rough spots, but as I and other musicians say when practicing "I need to spend time to woodshed it," and once you have the rhythm and notes down it's all about "polishing it."

It's just great to watch these players rp their characters and try and outsmart the DM! All the while, creating interest in D&D. This is a win win for sure!

Comprehending social stereotypes non-issue. Been DM/Storyteller for 25+ years running. Familiar with the industry, its publications and patrons.

Irony and sarcasm, yes, but not noteworthy. Exercise in realizing obvious "opposite" anticipations.

Aware being a grumpy, critical cynic deprives me of the enjoyment, so good on them if they're having fun making their game video, but this doesn't fit my preferance.

--

edt: Concede, vicariously, Ms. Morbid has -goddamn- beautiful features and skin.

I love how you break this down :)

Still not my thing, but the show is getting better

EHCM:

II2:
Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

I think you are missing the point imo.

The subject is D&D, the hook is attractive women, but the main point is you add these two together and you have yourself one heck of a campaign.

It's irony and sarcasm at its best.

The stereotype for D&D is nerdy boys playing D&D with soda pop and cheetos while the DM is making Boris Karloff impressions. I would never have imagined a womens (especially the ones playing in "I Hit It With My Axe") group to ever play D&D. The other stereotype is that pretty girls don't play D&D, much less know what a d20 is, or what the term DM means (etc, etc, etc). The breaking of these stereotype is great fun, and dare I say, genius.

There are other undertones of irony but I don't want to outline an essay with a thesis, supporting topic sentences, or a paragraph of opposition ^__^

I know the editing was not quite what it should be, but that goes with anything, and I mean anything you do for the first time. There are always the rough spots, but as I and other musicians say when practicing "I need to spend time to woodshed it," and once you have the rhythm and notes down it's all about "polishing it."

It's just great to watch these players rp their characters and try and outsmart the DM! All the while, creating interest in D&D. This is a win win for sure!

Eh? Maybe it's just me, but I know plenty of hot girls that play D&D. This isn't a new thing. I'm a girl, I wouldn't say I'm hot, but then no girl would, that's what we do. Anyway, there are no stereotypes (in my opinion) being broken. They're being enforced. Girls who play D&D play rogues and wizards almost exclusively with the occasional experimental class. This show is just showing what I see multiple times a week, and it's doing it badly. It's not particularly ironic, and it's really fucking stupid.

Arlyn:
I'm sorry, but am I the only one who has a problem with how horribly this game is run? It's not D&D is some spastic distant cousin of D&D that WotC wouldn't acknowledge if they ran into it on the street. Seriously, the DM doesn't seem to know what he's doing, the players are COMPLETELY clueless.

WotC didn't have anything to do with creating D&D, and the two gentlemen who did create D&D didn't run it in a way WotC would acknowledge today. Have you ever even seen what Original or 1st Edition D&D was like? It's pretty much like Zak's D&D.

Perhaps, before you announce how clueless and terrible the DM is, you might consider checking out his blog. If you are a serious student of D&D - which I am -- it's impossible to read the blog and conclude that he's anything but an extremely gifted gamer. Zak understands more about what makes D&D tick than most pro game designers. Whether you like his DMing style or not is a different issue, but suggesting he's not running real D&D because you don't like his style simply makes your other opinions seem moot.

Archon:

Arlyn:
I'm sorry, but am I the only one who has a problem with how horribly this game is run? It's not D&D is some spastic distant cousin of D&D that WotC wouldn't acknowledge if they ran into it on the street. Seriously, the DM doesn't seem to know what he's doing, the players are COMPLETELY clueless.

WotC didn't have anything to do with creating D&D, and the two gentlemen who did create D&D didn't run it in a way WotC would acknowledge today. Have you ever even seen what Original or 1st Edition D&D was like? It's pretty much like Zak's D&D.

Perhaps, before you announce how clueless and terrible the DM is, you might consider checking out his blog. If you are a serious student of D&D - which I am -- it's impossible to read the blog and conclude that he's anything but an extremely gifted gamer. Zak understands more about what makes D&D tick than most pro game designers. Whether you like his DMing style or not is a different issue, but suggesting he's not running real D&D because you don't like his style simply makes your other opinions seem moot.

I'm not going to dis 1st ed it was the groundwork for a functional game system, but it was just the ground work. More rules were implemented, changed, and improved upon because the game system is flawed, just like Zak's DMing is, in my opinion. In any case, he wasn't even running a 1st ed game. Or he was running a 1st ed game using newer books, which seems less than effective. And in any case, my main issue is with the girls playing. No, I do not like the way Zak runs, but his players don't know enough about the game for him to run it properly. They'd all die every five seconds and the majority of the campaign would be character creation. Everyone would get bored.

And I wasn't saying WotC had anything to do with the creation of D&D. I was saying that they are what made D&D what it is now. If you don't like what they've done with it, that's completely fine by me. I think they made a huge mistake with 4th ed. Just like I think they've completely destroyed MtG in the last few years. But I do believe they improved upon the original system.

II2:

II2:
Don't understand purpose. Candid exposure of people contrary to tabletop gaming expectations? Attractive girls, counterculture chic - titillating audience, but otherwise just as exciting as sidelining any other D&D game.

Does this exist to entertain, or forward subculture propagation? Does neither successfully.

Don't think creators thought much before turning on new digital camera.

Weak delivery needs tightened production to realize latent potential. Show is broken, not bankrupt.

Comprehending social stereotypes non-issue. Been DM/Storyteller for 25+ years running. Familiar with the industry, its publications and patrons.

Irony and sarcasm, yes, but not noteworthy. Exercise in realizing obvious "opposite" anticipations.

Aware being a grumpy, critical cynic deprives me of the enjoyment, so good on them if they're having fun making their game video, but this doesn't fit my preferance.

Why does your writing remind me of Doctor Mordin from Mass Effect 2?

On the topic of the show: It just keeps gets better! Opposite day is a hilarious idea, I wish my DM was that inventive. Or is he and just waiting to pull out the big guns for the right moment like Zac seems to be doing?

I have tried watching every single episode and I just can't make it past the 2 min mark, it is dreadfully boring and to be honest the concept is less than original, cool, or anything else on those lines. I am bored by this so much I just registered to say I don't think this could be any less amusing. Pornstars REALLY? Because someone who is 15 would want to see pornstars playing a tabletop game? Urealms was great, ZP is great, LRR is and always has been hilarious, Unskippable is almost always funny I nearly died the first episode, D&A is raising it's already pretty decent level of entertainment, but this is just so BAD and mindless god forbid I am in a nursery and it is on!

Archon:
Have you ever even seen what Original or 1st Edition D&D was like? It's pretty much like Zak's D&D.

I got hooked in the AD&D days. And I can vouch that the playstyle we see here is deep in the strangeness and puzzle-love that marked the style of Gary Gygax's dungeons, one of those two co-creators. Can I give a shout-out for anyone who's ever run or DMed the Tomb of Horrors? Even Hickman's stuff was more whimsical and puzzliscious back in those days. I'm thinking back to one of the rooms in the module "Pyramid" where the players had to figure out how to operate a lifting chamber that was controlled by four command words - all just backwards English. No check to read languages, just quick fun brain candy for the players. Once you figured out what the command words were, you still had to figure out with that toolbox how to cross the room, so it was a puzzle to unlock another puzzle. Again, quick, whimsical brain candy.

Tracking down that blog turns out to be as easy as googling "zak dnd pornstar" and following the link from the first article it hits. It illuminates a few questions asked here, too.

Chaya:

Anyway, I was wondering, if any of you from the show read the comments, if Zak's custom rules are viewable somewhere.

This entry, which you get if you hit the "rules" link on the page has a summary. It also answers another question...

Kyouki1980:
Did the girls play regularly or even at all before the idea for the videos?

Yup, they were playing before the show. Except Ms. Jolie, who was playing for the very first time in this episode. And not wearing pants. (Pants intel gleaned from the current top blog post, not the linked one.)

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