"Kevin, this is Reese. Before you erase the message, just hear me out. I want a truce, okay? You win. We're even. You don't kill any more of my characters, and I'll stop registering you as a sex offender."
—Reese, on Kevin's answering machine (in the DVD menu)
Gamers is a 2006 mokumentary that follows the lives of five friends (well, four friends and Reese
) as they approach the 23rd anniversary of their roleplaying group. The guys are about to break the record for the longest running game of Demons, Nymphs and Dragons
, if their various neuroses and personal issues don't tear the group apart first.
The group consists of:
- Paul: A telephone relay operator who lives with his parents. Paul is the most concerned with preserving the group's streak and doesn't want anything to get in the way of that.
- Gordon: A low-level public television employee who lives with his parents. Gordo is the only one who seems to be trying to improve his life, with mixed results.
- Kevin: The GM. A musician (in the loosest sense of the word) who rents a room from his grandparents. Kevin insists on never fraternizing with the players outside the game.
- Fernando: Sent to America from Argentina after he embarrassed his family by sucking at "the soccer". Fernando supposedly learned English by playing DND. Lives with his girlfriend but suspects correctly that she is cheating on him. He jerks off horses for a living.
- Reese: A late addition to the group who none of the other players much care for. Fills just about every stereotype of the annoying and creepy gamer. Lives in a one bedroom apartment with his mother.
This film provides examples of:
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Even some RPG veterans aren't aware that at one time there were solo campaigns for the truly anti-social geek.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Leave the DVD menu screen on long enough and Reese stops ranting at Kevin and starts ranting at the viewer for not making a selection.
- Butt Monkey: Pretty much the whole group, but especially Reese.
- Chekhov's Gun: Early in the film Kevin records some songs and asks if the bizarre lyrics are for real. Near the end we learn that those songs were actually commissioned by Reese to screw with Kevin.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Johnny at the DMV.
- Fridge Brilliance: It takes a while to realize that Paul deliberately sent Veronica into the Chipper's room.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Even the four who like each other tend to abuse one another a lot.