Trivia / Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons is the Trope Namer for:

Dungeons & Dragons is the partial Trope Namer for:

Dungeons & Dragons is the Trope Codifier for:

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The game is also the subject of the filk musical Tripod Versus The Dragon.

The Movie

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $45 million. Box office, $33,807,409.
  • Corpsing: When Profion goes "My destiny!", you can see Bruce Payne (Damodar) desperately try to contain his laughter.
  • Creator Killer: Courtney Solomon's directing career took a critical hit with this movie. He did not get another screen credit for 5 years and has only directed twice since.
  • Deleted Scene: Found on the DVD, with commentary. Some were removed to stop plot-holes.
    • Though there's also the scene of Ridley and Marina in the map, which was removed despite containing the setup for the entire story. Some very awkward exposition was shoved in afterwards instead.
  • Executive Meddling, Screwed by the Lawyers: First-time filmmaker Courtney Solomon tells a harrowing tale of meddling by TSR's owner (who rejected several famous directors, including James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola), by the threat of a lawsuit from Wizards of the Coast who were trying to reclaim the movie rights; the terms of the settlement required, among other things, that he use an old script that had been approved by TSR years ago instead of an updated version that he had wanted to use. Source.
  • Follow the Leader:
  • Franchise Killer: Well, the tabletop game didn't suffer, but another film wouldn't come for another five years - as a made for cable film. A new theatrical release has seemed impossible, though that has changed in recent years.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Jeremy Irons rather famously took the role of Profion to pay for the refurbishment of a castle he had just bought (how appropriate). On the other hand he seems to be having a wonderful time playing an EVILLLL wizard. Certainly more fun than the audience is having.
  • Running the Asylum: Courtney Solomon's credentials consisted of being a D&D fanboy and spending ten years trying to get a D&D movie made. This does raise questions about why it has nothing to do with the source material.
  • What Could Have Been: There were a lot of things that had to be cut because they didn't have the money to pull them off. Some of these unfinished scenes are on the DVD. Also, see Executive Meddling above.
    • Note that the most expensive cut scene actually contained the entire set-up for the main plot! Solomon was then forced to shoehorn in some awkward expository dialogue in the scene directly afterward.
    • Another cut scene featured a Creator Cameo by Dave Arneson (one of the original co-creators of D&D) playing one of a group of mages fighting a dragon.

The Animated Series:

  • Executive Meddling: Not much, but still present. Eric turned out the way he did because of this.
  • Exiled from Continuity: It was one of the few Hasbro-related cartoons to not air on Discovery Family (formerly The Hub), as Disney owns the rights to the series.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Wasn't released on DVD until 2005, thanks to a number of changes in ownership (Disney bought the series along with Marvel Productions' library from Fox as part of its purchase of Fox Family Worldwide Inc. in 2001). Said DVD went out of print several years later due to the distributor ceasing operations. It's now available via Mill Creek Entertainment (though without any of the special features of the previous set).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: When BCI Eclipse first released the series on DVD in 2005, all of the original music was replaced with generic music due to Disney being unable to gain clearance for it. When Mill Creek re-released the set in 2009, all of the original music was restored.
  • What Could Have Been: The script for the unaired final episode.

The Pinball:

  • Prop Recycling: The "Magic Save" feature was originally used on Bally's BMX and Hardbody games, both designed by Ward Pemberton.