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The famous 1984 anti-Dungeons and Dragons comic, Dark Dungeons, is now coming to video! We'll show just how evil RPG's can be!

We reached all our stretch goals and are fully funded!

Thanks to your backings Dark Dungeons: The Movie! will now go from being an idea to being a reality. 

For future updates on Dark Dungeons: The Movie! please check out the website (which will be up and running soon);

www.darkdungeonsthemovie.com

Thanks again!

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I won the lottery.  Not the jackpot, "just" a thousand bucks, and being a typical middle-class middle-manager a thousand dollars is nice, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't going to change my life.  So I decided to do something special with the money.  I decided I wanted to spend it to bring something that would last;  I would spend it to try and bring Jack Chick's epic 1984 graphic novel / tract to film.

I wrote Chick Publications explaining this to them and I'm super-excited to announce that I have obtained the video rights to make a movie based on Dark Dungeons.

Dark Dungeons: The Movie
Dark Dungeons: The Movie

If you're not familiar with Dark Dungeons you can read it in its entirety here;

DARK DUNGEONS:  THE COMIC

But all you really need to know is that it sets out to show what Jack Chick knows to be the truth behind role-playing.  It shows that;

*Playing RPGs can make you gain real life magic abilities

*If you gain a high enough level you will be invited to join a secret cult

* Gamers whose characters die are in danger of committing suicide. 

* That DM's are vile temptresses that are out to corrupt their players to the forces of evil. 

Given all those startling claims it's amazing that the crusade against RPG's has not been more successful!  In fact, the last movie to crusade against D&D was Tom Hank's 1982 classic, "Mazes and Monsters."

We are going change all that. I'm already investing all of my lottery winnings in this project but it's just not enough to get it filmed and that's where you come in. 

If the idea of seeing a movie where all the anti-RPG arguments above are made with every last drop of drama and conviction I can wring out them appeals to you, then I want you to invest today and make this movie a reality. 

Please check out the video above to see what we are capable of and remember that you are only charged if we meet our funding goal.  If the project does not receive it's complete funding you are charged ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! 

NEW REWARD:  Backers of every level will receive their name on the movie credits if they wish.  Size of that name depends upon level of backage.

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UPDATE: I am thrilled to announce a partnership myself and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (makers of The Gamers and Journey Quest)!!!

Our mission is to combine our powers to develop, produce, and distribute Dark Dungeons: The Movie!

Zombie Orpheus will be working through multiple versions of the script until we get the story that we know needs to be told and will be providing directing, filming, and acting talent as well!

Just think what ZOE can do with the Dark Dungeons story!

Please spread the word about this partnership, as I know that together with ZOE we can all make the movie that you want to see.

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Update:

WE are funded! Dark Dungeons: The Movie! is now going to be made. I want to give a big thanks to all our backers out there who shared my dream to bring this to life.

But there is no resting on our laurels as it's time to announce some stretch goals:

Stretch Goal #1: $18,500 - the Necronomicon and Cthulhu mythos are all too real, according to Jack Chick's website, so if we reach our first stretch goal I will be glad to expose the Cthulhu threat in Dark Dungeons the Movie!

Stretch Goal #2: $21,000 - One of the most powerful ways to get across the powerful emotions that a serious drama like this raises is through song. I'd like to include a dream sequence where Debbie visualizes her internal struggle through verse:

(Debbie, in a sad, thoughtful singsong:)
"Is this God in my hand, or is it just a d4?
Oh can anyone tell me what I'm rolling for?
Are there traps and daggers, magic missiles galore?
No, this ain't God in my hand, it is just a d4."

(Ms Frost, cackling:)
"You have mastered the magic, you have mastered the spell,
You are ready to unleash the powers of hell!
You have God in your hand, and you have your d4."
Now I hope that you know what you're rolling for."

Stretch Goal # 3: $25,000 - Dark Dungeons the Movie! is a fictionalized account of the oh-so-very-real dangers of Role-playing but we would like to include a short documentary on the DVD about the fearless crusaders who have stood up to "Big Gaming" in the 1980s and find out why the crusade did not enjoy more success and where it stands today.

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I am the best person to make this project work because I am the only person who CAN make this project work. There is no guarantee that Jack Chick will allow anyone else to make a movie based on his work in the future either. He might, but he might not. But I have the right to make a movie about Dark Dungeons right now and I have the ability to make this happen. The time is now. The place is here. The power is mine.

The quality of the movie will probably be very similar to that of my introductory video; that's the best we can do with what we have. So please take a look at that to judge what type of movie we are capable of making.

The fact is, we are going at this with an ultra-low budget and that makes things incredibly harder. When the million and one things go wrong I won’t be able to throw money at the problem but will have to improvise as best I can. I also will be making the plot fit the budget, rather than the other way around. This includes simple things like not setting any scenes at night (lighting can be expensive and time consuming), no large crowd scenes (more people mean more complexity means more money), and showing puppet demons fleeing Debbie instead of using CGI demons.

But I feel that the epic story of a girl who wants to be Debbie instead of Elfstar deserves to see the light of video and will put all my time, energy, and love into making this film and will do everything it takes to get it done.

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    1st Level Backer: The satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to a film explaining that if you play D&D you could end up casting real magic spells. PLUS you will be included in our special mailing list to update you with behind the scenes updates of the project. Please share our campaign with ten friends!

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    5th & a Half Level Backer: Due to popular demand backers at this level will receive a personally signed photograph of the cast of Dark Dungeons the movie in addition to a DIGITAL version of the content on the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD which includes; commentary track, documentary on the making of Dark Dungeon’s and bonus features not available on the vanilla DVD or digital download. PLUS you'll receive a digitally signed certificate of merit; proving your worthiness by your contribution to this sterling project.

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    5th & THREE QUARTERS Level Backer: Due to popular demand backers at this level will receive a personally signed photograph of the cast of Dark Dungeons the movie in addition to a BOTH a Deluxe DVD and a digital version of the content on the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD which includes; commentary track, documentary on the making of Dark Dungeon’s and bonus features not available on the vanilla DVD or digital download. PLUS you'll receive a digitally signed certificate of merit; proving your worthiness by your contribution to this sterling project.

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    6th Level Backer: Jack Chick created Dark Dungeons and other proselytizing comics because he was too shy to proselytize face to face. 6th Level Backer's will receive the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD plus NINE copies of the vanilla DVD's to give to your friends and family and even strangers who you need to warn about the dangers of pretending to be a Dark Elf.

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    Level 7 Backer: Feedback! High level backers get to be involved in the creative process. Once you reach this level you will receive the shooting script 2 months before filming is set to begin. You can read about the scenes, the plot, and consider if you think we are properly showing Debbie's motivation (Her motivation is that she ultimately wants to be Debbie instead of Elfstar). We can then have a 5-15 minute conversation on Skype or over the phone and you can tell me any concerns or about any problems you see or any changes you'd like me to make and I promise to take your concerns seriously. In addition you’ll receive the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD, the satisfaction of donating, the pdf of the shooting script, behind-the-scenes updates, and a digital version of the movie.

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    Level 8 Backer: Name a character! Did you ever have some character name you wanted immortalized on the screen so that others could learn from your deep dark past of role-playing? Well, 6 different named RPG characters appear in this movie. As a Level 8 Backer you get to choose what one of those characters is named! (Within reason and the bounds of good-taste and no copyrighted names). In addition you’ll receive the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD, the satisfaction of donating, the pdf of the shooting script, behind-the-scenes updates, and a digital version of the movie.

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    9th Level Backer: Play RPGs are Evil: The Role-playing Game with the Writer & Director & Producer of Dark Dungeons: The Movie! You and up to five of your friends get to enjoy a 4-hour Skype session with the writer and director of Dark Dungeons as you play - RPG's are Evil: The Role-playing Game! I was unable to get the merchandise rights to Dark Dungeons so keep in mind that this does NOT take place in the world of Dark Dungeons. Rather it is simply a world where role playing is a gateway to the dark arts, DM's seek to dominate their players lives like cult leaders, and all RPG's are just tricks to get players to worship evil. So nothing special, really. Rules and character creation take only 5 minute after which DM and players have a fast by-the-seat-of-your pants adventure. Players will roll up characters for a group of Freshman college friends. Like all colleges, this university is run by the role-playing crowd who dominate all aspects of campus life. But you and your friends begin to suspect that something is not-quite-right when the head cheerleader mysteriously vanishes from a raging all-night RPG kegger party. Will you be able to solve the mystery? Will you be able to survive? Find out! In addition you’ll receive the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD, the satisfaction of donating, the pdf of the shooting script, behind-the-scenes updates, and a digital version of the movie.

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    12th Level Backer: Your own 2 minutes of filmed alternate ending! Have you ever thought you could write a better ending to a movie? Now you can! You will be given the shooting script 2 months before filming. In that time you can write your own ending to Dark Dungeons: The Movie! Now there are some restrictions, you have to only use characters and scenes that are in the shooting script you receive. Hiring new actors or filming in new scenes is just a no-go financially speaking. But other than that, the cast and crew of Dark Dungeons: The Movie! will film what you write (within reason - your ending must be within the bounds of good taste) and you'll have your very own alternate ending to Dark Dungeons: The Movie! to keep and show to all your friends. In addition you’ll receive the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition DVD, the satisfaction of donating, the pdf of the shooting script, behind-the-scenes updates, and a digital version of the movie.

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