Sunday, January 08, 2012

a blast from the past

For some reason I was thinking about Mazes & Monsters again today.

Lot item from the GaryCon II silent auction: one (1) VHS copy of the Tom Hanks classic Mazes & Monsters and one (1) claw hammer.

Jason Cook, creator of the video, writes "So, I won the Mazes & Monsters + hammer silent auction at Gary Con II, but the results were announced too late to have an audience big enough to smash the video in front of, so we decided to do something creative. It was all shot in only about an hour, but was a lot of fun. Make sure to watch the entire 2:30 for the full effect."

I would be remiss if I posted this stuff and didn't link to Blog of Holding's efforts to reconstruct the original M&M rules. It's pretty awesome.


  1. Anonymous10:00 PM

    I attended a midnight screening of the movie at Origins last year with about thirty people who surprisingly stayed through the whole show. The audience provided commentary and the event was extremely entertaining. "Pardue, is that you"

  2. Anonymous2:40 AM

    I'm down to play some D&D in a cave. For serious.

  3. Awesome! :D

    And great tribute to Office Space and Family Guy (tributing the same scene). ^_^

  4. Tears of laughter... Oh how I HATE that movie. Burn F****r, burn! LoL

  5. Mmmmh... I 'm not really sure that burning tapes in the "good olde auto-da-fé" fashion is the best way to prove thet D&Ders are NOT the basement-dwellers the movie describes and behave better than the bigoted people who believed that crap.

  6. You're probably right, but being a stick in the mud about a silly two minute video isn't going to help either, dude.

  7. Anonymous10:15 AM

    If there's a person that can think of some movies that are missing from my "big list of 1980s fantasy movies", that person is you. Am I missing any? Maybe some obscure gem? An obvious one?

  8. Dang! That's pretty exhaustive!

  9. Anonymous2:13 AM

    It never seemed to me like the movie was anti-D&D, only that certain uninformed characters in the community were worried about it (as similar people were in real life.) It's clear that (spoiler!) the Tom Hanks character is suffering mental problems having nothing to do with the game, but related to his missing brother. The other kids seemed to deal with gaming just fine.

    I know their game sessions and terminology seems weird and silly too, but that, to me, was a good way of getting across just how weird/silly our stuff must sound to the non-initiated!

  10. "but being a stick in the mud "

    Apologies, I was not intended to sound like one.