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Dungeons & Dragons, a game that changed the world.
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D&D: A Doc update

Posted by Westpaw Films (Creator)

Dear all:

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates. We're disappointed that these updates need to include notes about legal strife. We get it: it's a bore.

We've been receiving a higher volume of notices and communication since Monday. Please understand, we did not plan for this and aren't set up with the amount of resources to respond to all in the kind of timely manner we would like.

From what we have read, we've seen a few sides expressed and we understand.

Here is our first pledge to you: we will update you regularly and with as much unbiased and transparent details as possible. Look for an update about once a month. Also, there is quite a bit of the legal negotiations that we can't speak about so that information will continue to be excluded. At one point during this past year, a (generously-hearted and fair) friend said to us: "People like games. People don't like it when their parents fight." We agree.

Therefore, our second pledge to you: in our updates, as we learn more, we will still seek to share with you some of the inspiration, humor, history and influences that D&D has cast throughout its communities over the past 40+ years.

Our third pledge to you: our team has not use your funds to pay for any of the legal bills.

Lastly, our position is this: if we could have avoided court and simultaneously carried this film to a healthy completion, we would have taken that road. (We'd kind of rather be spending our personal finances on making the film or on a vacation, or two).

Thank you for your interest.

Best, Cecily & the DnD Team

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    1. Westpaw Films Creator on

      Thanks everyone for the support. It has been tough couple years for everyone involved.

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      I'm one of the many who are with you, regardless of the diversions that plague many a (legal) Dungeon.
      Don't get me started on the legal "system". The only consistent feature of it is to keep the Guild employed.

    3. Lance Menthe on

      I'm so sorry this has become such a protracted legal odyssey for you all... For every negative comment you may receive, please know there are dozens of us who patiently wish you the best!

    4. James Kramer on

      Sounds like the legal process might make just as interesting a documentary as the DnD story.

      Patiently waiting the completed movie. You gotta do what you gotta do. And for what it's worth, if a Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary Legal Fund Kickstarter ever opened up, I would be likely to contribute something extra. Just sayin'...

    5. Greg Stuetze on

      I enjoyed the saga, personally. It was like stumbling into a beholder in a dungeon and experiencing the battle... Keep up the fight, strength and honor!

    6. Amanda Sigler on

      I appreciate your honesty, your updates and your dedication to this project. After the legal hoops and expense you've had to go though I don't think many of us would have blamed you if you just decided to walk away from the project. Thank you for your determination and dedication. I for one will add your names to the list of companies/people that I support whenever I can through kickstarter or whatever means you use to release your projects.

    7. Tina Tipton

      No matter how long this takes, I am with you. I enjoy receiving updates, as it helps me stay connected with you and the project.

    8. Marty Brown on

      Hey all, I was just wondering: are you blocked from releasing everything from the documentary? Can you release little vignettes, short interviews, scraps off the cutting room floor?

      Also, what's the chance there's enough "Making of" clips to make a separate documentary about your trials and tribulations making this one? I'm sure it would be interesting to your backers as well as anyone wanting to kickstart a documentary.

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      Sam Billington on

      Sucks that you're going through this mess. Best of wishes.