Vin Diesel Loves Dungeons & Dragons

Vin Diesel Loves Dungeons & Dragons

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The Guardians of the Galaxy and Fast & Furious 7 star told Jimmy Fallon about his love for twenty-siders on The Tonight Show.

There's not a lot of Hollywood stars who proudly let their geek flag fly, but Vin Diesel is among them. Rumored to have run a Dungeons & Dragons game for the cast of Riddick , Diesel has played tabletop roleplaying games for over twenty years. He even penned the introduction to the D&D retrospective 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. Talking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Diesel credited D&D with his becoming an actor. "I kind of became who I am because I played Dungeons & Dragons," says Diesel. "We acted! Every time we played, for the first couple hours we would just be talking, shooting the shit, and then, once we started getting into the game, everything changed!"

"I was lucky, because I grew up in artist's housing in the village, called Westbeth," says Diesel. "There were a whole bunch of out of work artists, and if you made more than $10,000 a year you were kicked out of the building. So all these children of artists were, you know, fantasy roleplayers and we started playing Dungeons & Dragons."

Like most tabletop roleplayers, Diesel says he has played many different characters, but one stands out from the rest. "There was a character named Melkor at one point," says Diesel, who drew the name from J. R. R. Tokien's The Silmarillion. During the filming of xXx, the name Melkor was one of the fake tattoos that his character, Xander Cage, sported. Tigon Studios, the game developer founded by Diesel, has produced games based Diesel's characters, like Riddick. A game based on Melkor was in development by Tigon Studios, but the studio has been inactive since 2009.

Diesel's next film has him playing Groot, a sentient alien tree, in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens August 1. Diesel is likely to return for the sequel, announced July 26 at San Diego Comic Con. Diesel also recently wrapped filming on Fast & Furious 7, which was delayed by the tragic death of co-star Paul Walker in car accident.

Source: The Tonight Show

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This is old news. His love for D&D and other geeky stuff should be known to most gamers by now.

I love to throw this factoid in my girlfriends face when she comments on how much of a dork I am for playing D&D.

Heh, I've sometimes wondered what class and alignment Diesel would consider Riddick. My guess would be a chaotic neutral rogue (given his stealth, use of knives and criminal background) or a lawful neutral monk (given his skill at hand-to-hand combat, having something of a personal code of conduct, and survival skills).

Yeah what's that line Daenarys's handmaidens use? Oh yeah 'This is known' That's the fella.

I don't find it that hard to believe that an actor likes to pretend..

Adam Jensen:
This is old news. His love for D&D and other geeky stuff should be known to most gamers by now.

Yeah, this is a real slowpoke.jpg moment. It was years ago the public found this out, he's stated his love for D&D on numerous interviews.

Weaver:

Adam Jensen:
This is old news. His love for D&D and other geeky stuff should be known to most gamers by now.

Yeah, this is a real slowpoke.jpg moment. It was years ago the public found this out, he's stated his love for D&D on numerous interviews.

I love this one because of how into it he gets even just talking about it, and in the end its a nice way of explaining how D&D can be more then just another game and give kids a good way of learning about storytelling.

Mr.Diesel needs to get an old school, high fantasy role, I wanna see what he can actually do with this sort of thing.

And in other news, Guardians of the Galaxy is freaking awesome, lets just say that Groot's role at the end of the film is particularly awesome/adorable.

In other shocking headlines:
John Travolta and Tom Cruise are scientologists
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are friends
Kevin Smith is a nerd
Lindsay Lohan is a bitch
The sky is blue

Please, tell me more. I mean, I had no idea that he's a DnD nerd, he only wrote a foreword to 30th anniversary handbook and convinced dame Judi Dench to have a game with him ten years ago.

Mike Fang:
Heh, I've sometimes wondered what class and alignment Diesel would consider Riddick. My guess would be a chaotic neutral rogue (given his stealth, use of knives and criminal background) or a lawful neutral monk (given his skill at hand-to-hand combat, having something of a personal code of conduct, and survival skills).

While looking up a bunch of different things about this or that on Riddick and Dungeons & Dragons, it's been argued that Riddick is very much a Chaotic Neutral character that easily fits into the rouge class. Though if you dropped the magic bits of it, he could also fit snugly into the shadow dancer sub-class.

...and now I feel weird for geeking out so much. Oh well.

Mike Fang:
Heh, I've sometimes wondered what class and alignment Diesel would consider Riddick. My guess would be a chaotic neutral rogue (given his stealth, use of knives and criminal background) or a lawful neutral monk (given his skill at hand-to-hand combat, having something of a personal code of conduct, and survival skills).

Dying_Jester:

While looking up a bunch of different things about this or that on Riddick and Dungeons & Dragons, it's been argued that Riddick is very much a Chaotic Neutral character that easily fits into the rouge class. Though if you dropped the magic bits of it, he could also fit snugly into the shadow dancer sub-class.

...and now I feel weird for geeking out so much. Oh well.

The official Complete Guide to Scoundrels lists Riddick as Chaotic Evil

RealRT:
In other shocking headlines:
John Travolta and Tom Cruise are scientologists
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are friends
Kevin Smith is a nerd
Lindsay Lohan is a bitch
The sky is blue

Please, tell me more. I mean, I had no idea that he's a DnD nerd, he only wrote a foreword to 30th anniversary handbook and convinced dame Judi Dench to have a game with him ten years ago.

As someone who didn't know Diesel was into D&D I resent those remarks, it is possible to not know (especially when not in America where most of these interviews etc happen)

RicoADF:

RealRT:
In other shocking headlines:
John Travolta and Tom Cruise are scientologists
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are friends
Kevin Smith is a nerd
Lindsay Lohan is a bitch
The sky is blue

Please, tell me more. I mean, I had no idea that he's a DnD nerd, he only wrote a foreword to 30th anniversary handbook and convinced dame Judi Dench to have a game with him ten years ago.

As someone who didn't know Diesel was into D&D I resent those remarks, it is possible to not know (especially when not in America where most of these interviews etc happen)

I'm not in America either, so what's your excuse? One visit to his Wikipedia or TV tropes page or one of the many, many "celebrities who are into geek stuff" lists.

You don't say fella.

I was trying to think what exactly this article was going to add, like that he literally makes love to D&D or something and was disappointed to find this common info.

RealRT:
I'm not in America either, so what's your excuse? One visit to his Wikipedia or TV tropes page or one of the many, many "celebrities who are into geek stuff" lists.

No excuse is needed, I don't generally care what actors are into I watch the movies and leave it at that. To assume everyone goes out of their way to find this stuff out is rather presumptuous, there's no need to insult people who don't care enough to look. (last part was referring to other posters not yourself)

kyosai7:
The official Complete Guide to Scoundrels lists Riddick as Chaotic Evil

This is actually the most surprising thing I've read in this topic. I totally would've pegged Riddick for CN

Also, I'd say Riddick is actually a Ranger (sans divine spellcasting). This is keeping in mind his apparently vast survival skills (see: Opening of Chronicles, and the opening of Riddick) and animal ken (recall his interaction with the guard dogs in Chronicles) penchant for dual-wielding those knives of his, and his stealth. He also receives a level adjustment for his Furyan heritage, which grants him darkvision and rage (the barbarian class feature) as a racial ability, similar to orcs.

UberPubert:

kyosai7:
The official Complete Guide to Scoundrels lists Riddick as Chaotic Evil

This is actually the most surprising thing I've read in this topic. I totally would've pegged Riddick for CN

Also, I'd say Riddick is actually a Ranger (sans divine spellcasting). This is keeping in mind his apparently vast survival skills (see: Opening of Chronicles, and the opening of Riddick) and animal ken (recall his interaction with the guard dogs in Chronicles) penchant for dual-wielding those knives of his, and his stealth. He also receives a level adjustment for his Furyan heritage, which grants him darkvision and rage (the barbarian class feature) as a racial ability, similar to orcs.

I also find it surprising that he would beisted a CE rather than CN. CN value personal freedom over most anything else, much like how Riddick has only really killed anyone who has gone after him or gotten between him and his personal freedom. A CE however usually boils down to killing someone simply because they are weaker, which we've seen Riddick avoid doing throughout all three movies.

Hey....hey...Escapist? Are...are you Kotaku now?

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Daedrin:
Hey....hey...Escapist? Are...are you Kotaku now?

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I love that image as I recall what that book is referencing. I'm still to this day confused on why an article of that nature with its links was doing on kotaku, but I don't really read much of their articles so maybe its the norm there I don't know.

This is incredibly old news. Like by several years.

Yeah, he's mentioned this before. I don't know why anyone gets surprised when an actor (or writer) likes tabletop RPG's.

And apparently, he got Judi Dench to DM some quick sessions for himself and a few others during the making of Chronicle of Riddick. Role that around in your dice shakers!

Dying_Jester:
I also find it surprising that he would beisted a CE rather than CN. CN value personal freedom over most anything else, much like how Riddick has only really killed anyone who has gone after him or gotten between him and his personal freedom. A CE however usually boils down to killing someone simply because they are weaker, which we've seen Riddick avoid doing throughout all three movies.

More than that, in each movie he's offered to help lead complete strangers (sometimes even his previous hunters) to safety, with the condition that if they slow him down he'll leave them behind (which he even went back on in certain cases).

If I had to imagine any rationale for it, it might come down to his behavior in the video games, which I have yet to fully explore. He might be "evil" on the simple merit of it being a video game where the player is expected to commit mass murder as game play.

I knew he was into DnD, but I didn't know about that housing situation, or that DnD played such a large part in his becoming an actor.

Rozalia1:

Daedrin:
Hey....hey...Escapist? Are...are you Kotaku now?

I love that image as I recall what that book is referencing. I'm still to this day confused on why an article of that nature with its links was doing on kotaku, but I don't really read much of their articles so maybe its the norm there I don't know.

I haven't seen that before. What is that book referencing?

Dying_Jester:

UberPubert:

kyosai7:
The official Complete Guide to Scoundrels lists Riddick as Chaotic Evil

This is actually the most surprising thing I've read in this topic. I totally would've pegged Riddick for CN

Also, I'd say Riddick is actually a Ranger (sans divine spellcasting). This is keeping in mind his apparently vast survival skills (see: Opening of Chronicles, and the opening of Riddick) and animal ken (recall his interaction with the guard dogs in Chronicles) penchant for dual-wielding those knives of his, and his stealth. He also receives a level adjustment for his Furyan heritage, which grants him darkvision and rage (the barbarian class feature) as a racial ability, similar to orcs.

I also find it surprising that he would beisted a CE rather than CN. CN value personal freedom over most anything else, much like how Riddick has only really killed anyone who has gone after him or gotten between him and his personal freedom. A CE however usually boils down to killing someone simply because they are weaker, which we've seen Riddick avoid doing throughout all three movies.

Yeah, I'll just quote Complete Scoundrel's entry:

"Chaotic Evil: Scoundrels of this alignment take whatever they can, disregarding the needs of others. Unlikely to plan, they don't think about future necessities or gains, but take what's immediately available. Because these scoundrels care for nothing, sometimes not even themselves, they risk everything for even the slightest gain. Such soundrels might be incorrigible con artists, assassins, or cat burglars.
Examples: Carl Denham from the King Kong film, Riddick from Pitch Black"

Really folks? We show you an interesting clip that happened within 24 hours of a newspost, made it clear in the story that this is something everyone knows, and you respond like this?

The Tonight Show clip is new. That's not old news. That's what we're reporting on. I expect better of you all.

And Man:

I haven't seen that before. What is that book referencing?

Couldn't find the article but typing up "Kotaku Tifa" fetched the below.

http://loltaku.tumblr.com/post/31086497905/kotaku-discovers-pornography-roughly-10-000-years

Basically Kotaku seemed to find out about hentai and did an article on a Tifa Doujin saying how horrible it was even providing links to pages from the book. The comments predictably were full of lols, and thanks for the hentai which Kotaku for some reason decided to link.

JonB:
Really folks? We show you an interesting clip that happened within 24 hours of a newspost, made it clear in the story that this is something everyone knows, and you respond like this?

The Tonight Show clip is new. That's not old news. That's what we're reporting on. I expect better of you all.

I think the point is that as you said. It's pretty much well established about Vin Diesel being a big fan of D&D and gaming, so this is basically treading old ground really. New clip or not, it's not really anything that people don't already know I'm afraid :/

Would love to know what gaming sessions with him would be like though, that would be pretty sweet.

The negative nancies are out in force today!

So you knew in advance. Good for you.

 

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