Monday, June 8, 2009

The Knights of Good

If you consider yourself a geek yet have no idea what The Guild is, consider your title revoked. The Guild is the funniest web based show online today. But is The Guild for you? If you are into MMORPGs, watch it! If you are a fan of Buffy, watch it! If you are a fan of Dr. Horrible, watch it! If you like a good laugh, watch it! The Guild is about a group of people who play an MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game) together. If you've never played an MMORPG, they are online games, the likes of WoW (World of Warcraft) or EQ (Everquest) or DoA (Dark Ages of Camelot). Basically the show puts it best when comparing it to a first person shooter: "[We] kill things too only with prettier outfits." These games immerse you in their world wherein you find friends and form guilds together all for the purpose of exploration and kicking ass. Of course, speaking from experience, the line between real life and game life become blurred, often resulting in total addiction to the game and referring to other players by their character's names. And here is where The Guild comes in. The Knights of Good is a Guild of six people who play online together, Codex (The Healer), Zaboo (The Warlock), Bladezz (The Rogue/Theif), Tinkerballa (The Ranger), Vork (The Guildmaster) and Clara (The Mage who oddly plays by her real name). The first season revolves around Zaboo showing up at Codex's house and declaring his undying love for her (even though they've never met before). This results in Codex calling an emergency meeting IRL (in real life) where they come together and work through their problems culminating in a boss fight with Zaboo's mom. Season two picks up right after Codex gets evicted because of Zaboo's mom and what happens when the guild starts mingling more in person and less online, sometimes out of necessity because of server shut-down!

If this doesn't sound funny, let me assure you that it's because of my inability to capture the awesomeness of the show. There's something for everyone from blackmail to keggers to fights, and if you ever were or still are a gamer, it's even funnier. I've played Dark Ages of Camelot (Corde, Rogue), City of Heroes (I Heron, Knife Expert and I could fly), Star Wars Galaxies (Micah, Bounty Hunter/Entertainer) and EverQuest II (Pettigrew, a Rogue Rat and member of Sodalitas de Veritas), and let me say, this show perfectly walks the line between making fun of someone but not being mean about it. Felicia Day, who stars in and writes the series knows where this humor is coming from, she is also an online gamer, being a WoW person herself. So do yourself a favor and check this out. You can watch it online at The Guild's website, on X-Box live through their exclusive deal with Microsoft, or you can get the first two seasons exclusively from Amazon. Watch for the third season sometime this fall.


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