A fun fall awaits fancy fans – The Courier
A golden age of high fantasy is upon us, so grab your gear as we dive into the latest media
If you are a fan of fantasy, life is good and it’s about to get even better. Whether you love tabletop games, digital games, literature, movies, or television, there is now a treasure trove of fantastic dragon goodness, and more will be heading to us in the months and years to come.
Tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Scout and Warhammer 40,000 are experiencing a renaissance with fans young and old, as their rules continue to be refined and updated for a new generation of fantasy role players. The popularity of live-streaming role-playing campaigns such as critical role cemented the rise of swords and witchcraft in the mainstream. And the level of detail available with the miniatures makes viewing tabletop campaigns easier than ever.
Speaking of campaigns, if you’re a fan of the classic D&D tabletop adventure mods, you should know Goodman games, a west coast hobby shop that offers phenomenal hardcover reissues some of the best of all time, such as The Temple of Elemental Evil. Updated with the current 5th rules and filled with historical background information, you even get high-quality analyzes of the original versions of the module. Not for those light on the realm’s coins, these premium tomes are a fantastic find for any early D&D collector.
While the table is where many of these franchises and their incredibly detailed worlds began, they are thankfully no longer confined to basements and dimly lit dining tables. Triple-A video game titles such as Dungeons & Dragons’ Baldur’s Gate 3 and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous usher in a new era of isometric computer games with modern graphics and jaw-dropping amounts of content; Hundreds of hours of main storylines and side quests await intrepid digital adventurers.
Nowhere is the popularity of high fantasy more on display than on television. The gargantuan success of HBO’s Game of Thrones has led to a bumper crop of new incoming series, including Dragon house (HBO), The Lord of the Rings (Amazon), The wheel of time (also Amazon), and the second season of The witcher (Netflix), with many more series and mini-series in the works.
Hollywood has never been one to miss out on the latest trends in consumer viewing habits, so look for more fancy pricing as we approach 2022 and beyond. While there aren’t many officially announced movies, Paramount Pictures is betting big on the resurgence of fantasy and D&D in particular with the upcoming one. Dungeons and Dragons Movie.
Last but not least, books have long been the easiest way to teleport to a fantastic new realm, and that is true today. The gender and ethnicity balance found in modern fantasy is remarkable and encouraging, with some of the best new fantasies coming from women – Jenn Lyons’ A choir of dragons series and that of Susan Dennard The land of witches series – as well as international writers such as Tomi Adeyemi, who skillfully weaves modern undercurrents of racism and oppression with magical whimsy in his page turn Orisha Legacy series.
There are so many other amazing worlds for fantasy fans to explore these days, it’s a shame I can only focus on a few of the most popular and recognizable. If you have a fantasy world that you think our readers (and I) should know about, please let us know in the comments section. Be well and go happy!
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