Wednesday, February 24, 2010

DiceCast™ Special Episode: We must ban everything!

It has been recently reported that someone who was a member of a university RPG club many years ago, allegedly committed a murder. Reporting of this in the media reflected a shocking level of ignorance that serves to remind RPG enthusiasts that as far as we have come since the Dark Dungeons days of the 1980s, much work remains to be done. Many hobbies are misunderstood, but very few misunderstood hobbies are so frequently targeted by popular hysteria.

We posted this reaction for humor value, more than anything else. It almost need not be said that nobody at Polymancer® Studios, Inc. actually believes anything being said here. Naturally, the invocation of the name of one infamous historical figure was not a violation of Godwin's Law, simply because, again, it was all meant in good fun.


The classical music compositions that were used in this special episode can be downloaded from the following sites.

  •, an excellent source of public domain classical music recordings, including many that have been recorded professionally, on modern digital equipment,

The compositions, in the order of appearance, are:

  1. Piano Sonata No, 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 by Frédéric Chopin, 3rd movement, "Marche funèbre: Lento." Often popularly called "The Death March."
  2. "Ride of the Valkyries" from the beginning of Act III of Der Walküre by Richard Wagner. This piece is frequently referred to as "The Flight of the Valkyries." Many people will be familiar with it from Apocalypse Now and Looney Toons.
  3. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig Von Beethoven, 4th Movement: Allegro. Not as well known as the symphony's famous first movement, this is still one of the best musical expressions of triumph ever written, and a good way to end the show on a high note.

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