No, this movie isn't a game. It's a joke.Dungeons & Dragons
is a film released in 2000, based on the Dungeons & Dragons
fantasy roleplaying game.
Set in The Empire
of Izmer; mages rule with iron fists whilst the commoners are lowly slaves
. Empress Savina (Thora Birch
), wants equality and prosperity for all, but the evil, overacting Archmage
Profion (Jeremy Irons
) is plotting to depose her and establish his own rule. The Empress possesses a scepter which controls Izmer's Golden Dragons. To challenge her rule, Profion must have the scepter, and tricks the Council of Mages into believing Savina is unfit to hold it. Knowing that Profion will soon get his hands on her rod and use it to wreak chaos, Savina seeks the Rod of Savrille which controls red dragons, a species even mightier than the gold. Two common thieves, Ridley (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans), plus a mage named Marina (Zoe McLellan) somehow get embroiled in these matters and end up embarking on a scarcely-coherent quest for the Rod themselves. Along the way, they're joined by the requisite elf and dwarf. Profion sends his henchman, Damodar (Bruce Payne) (who wears bright blue lipstick for some reason
), after them. Do they succeed in their quest? You get three guesses.
So, how much does any of this actually have to do with Dungeons & Dragons
? Well, a Beholder is seen very briefly, acting Out of Character
, and at one point a "feeblemind" spell is mentioned, and... that's about it.
The film was almost universally despised by critics and roleplaying fans alike. To fans it's almost worse than a malicious slandering of the games as something evil; it makes the mainstream think their favorite games outright suck.
In 2005 a made-for-TV sequel titled Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
premiered on the Sci Fi Channel
. It was low-budget but was much better received than the original despite that, mainly on account of it actually bearing some resemblance to the game unlike the original. It spawned another Non-Linear Sequel
in 2012, Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness
Dungeons & Dragons provides examples of the following tropes: