Monday, August 15, 2011

Cleared: Black Death

Well that was about the bleakest, grimmest thing I've watched in a long time. The movie paints everybody as bad. The warriors are bad, the priest is bad, the villagers are bad, society is bad, it's just plain awful. There's nobody and nothing to like or root for and innocent people die all over the place. It's well-executed and well acted, but I really can't think of a good reason to watch it. It's just way too grim. I have no desire to ever see this one again.

RPG notes: This movie contained a couple of excellent examples of simple tricks and theater standing in for actual sorcery. It could be worth it, now and again, to trick PCs with what seem like magical opponents who are nothing of the sort. Also, if you want to run a grim, all-shades-of-dark-gray game, I guess this would serve as useful inspiration.

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