D&D: A Fantasy Roleplaying Mix Inspired by Freaks & Geeks
I was never a Dungeons & Dragons kid, but I get the fantasy appeal; my fantasy world during my awkward adolescence revolved around music (obviously), and there are a few forgotten VHS documents buried somewhere of me and my friends in weird wigs playing endless jams around songs like “Dazed and Confused” on our Fender Squiers to attest to our roleplaying.
By the time somebody tried to get me into something called RIFT, I was older and it all seemed too complicated. Perhaps if I had been introduced to the brilliant Tom Hanks warning film Mazes & Monsters earlier, I would have been on board.
But one thing about D&D culture that I was always about was the proggish epic metal that began to accompany it. Songs filled with the dwarves and gorgons and ancient forests of elves that either inspired the game’s makers or were later inspired by the magic campaigns. Included in this FishMixing are songs old and new that could soundtrack the most perilous of campaigns through the Elder Woode of Monkberry Commons (or Pennypack Park if you wanna be a dick about it).
But I also wanted to include the perilous campaign of the awkward suburban teenager, and what better way to encapsulate that wonderful/awful experience with the guidance of Freaks & Geeks?
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of watching this amazing series, I’ll put it this way: if you would never in a million years refer to high school as “the best years of your life,” then you owe it to yourself to check it out. In the last episode, a wary Freak joins the Geeks in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, and the result is enlightening:
Please enjoy this fearsome campaign, and check out some Freaks & Geeks clips below that inspired some of the song choices (including the “I Am One” clip, which in a mere couple minutes encapsulates my entire being and all of my adolescent years).