“Ever heard of Dungeons and Dragons? I would assume so, based on the fact that you’re here reading the show notes on a liveplay D&D podcast. In case you haven’t, though, it was started by Gary Gygax way back in the 70s.
Michael Witwer wrote a book chronicling the life of the king of all nerds. We convinced him (with sufficiently high diplomacy checks) to come on the show and answer some questions with us.
We will be having a giveaway of some copies of the book soon (maybe with other podcast swag? We shall see I suppose!)
Origins Game Fair (formerly known as the Origins International Game Expo) is an annual gaming convention, which was first held waaaaay back in 1975.
At this year’s convention, those lovely peeps the WormholeRiders had an exclusive video interview with our Sam, in which he spoke about one his of most favourite things in the whole wide world ever ever – gaming!
So sit back and relax, and enjoy Sam’s WHR interview in full HERE.
“Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive biography of the mythic icon among geek and gaming culture, Gary Gygax – and the complete story behind the invention of Dungeons & Dragons.
The godfather of all fantasy adventure games, Gary Gygax, has a life story that has only been told in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax’s magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and ’80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming…”
Star Wars Rebels season 2 – image courtesy of the Walt Disney Company
“There was a ton of excitement back at Star Wars Celebration in the spring when it revealed that Season 2 of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ would bring back Captain Rex and two of his fellow Clone Troopers, Wolffe and Gregor…”
Read IGN’s article – and watch the trailers – IN FULL HERE.
Sam Witwer voices the Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Rebels.
‘Tales of Halloween’ poster, courtesy of Epic Pictures
“Rejoice! The kick-ass horror anthology Tales of Halloweenwill be haunting cinemas this October, and if it’s playing near you – BELIEVE US – this is one trick you’re gonna want to treat yourself to! Look for it in limited theatres, on VOD, and via iTunes on Oct.16…”
You can read Dread Central’s article and review IN FULL HERE.
Kim Newman of ScreenDaily.com reports: “Tales of Halloween is a ten-story omnibus (from 11 directors) in which all the stories take place in the same (especially troubled) archetypal suburb (and a grittier neighbourhood across town) on a busy Halloween night…
“The Ransom of Rusty Rex’, directed by Ryan Shifrin (Abominable), is a horror twist on O. Henry’s The Ransom of the Red Chief’ (filmed by Howard Hawks for the 1952 omnibus movie Full House) with Sam Witwer and Jose Pablo Cantillo kidnapping a masked tyke only to find his millionaire father (John Landis) uninterested in paying a ransom or even in taking the abductors’ calls – and then discovering something nasty under the mask…”
Original post – with podcast interview – from Steele Wars :
“Sunday is always a bittersweet yet relaxed day at Comic Con. We cruise the floor and catch up with the animated Emperor himself Sam Witwer, the Comlink’s David Collins, Brian at Super 7 and the MakingStarWars.net crew…”
You can listen to Steele Wars’ Comic Con Sunday podcast interview HERE.
A trailer for the anthology movie Tales of Halloween was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, featuring contributions from 11 directors with a knack for the terror and scares and gooey, gory fun we fans of fear live for.
You can read more about Tales of Halloween, including a full rundown of all of the directors and cast involved, and watch the trailer below.
Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces come together to bring you the ultimate Halloween film event with horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
Directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace).
Cast includes Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Barry Bostwick as well as horror staple, Insidious’ Lin Shaye and Heroes’ Greg Grunberg, while the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green stepped in for cameos as well as next-gen genre actors have joined the project, including Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Marc Senter (The Devil’s Carnival), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Grace Phipps (Dark Summer), Sam Witwer (Being Human), and Graham Skipper (Almost Human).
Tales of Halloween will be released on October 16th.