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Take one hopelessly inept wizard and add an insane knight who’s taken one too many blows to the head, one undead cleric, one standoffish elf, one talking sword and mix together with a generous helping of shenanigans that can only come from so ragtag a group pursuing the same quest together, and you have the perfect recipe for a laugh-out-loud romp set in a fantasy world.
Oh, and let us not forget the long-suffering bard who valiantly strives to record the exploits of the questing group for the epic she has been tasked to write in order to earn her bardic degree.
“Following a group of dysfunctional adventurers on a quest to discover and destroy the mythical Sword of Fighting, JOURNEYQUEST is a comedic adventure through the fantasy world of Fartherall, where intellectual orcs, incompetent wizards, and holy zombies form the living (and not-so-living) backdrop to an epic story of unrequited love, burning passions, and severely reluctant heroism. And running away. Lots of running away…”
Produced by Dead Gentlemen Productions and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, JourneyQuest premiered in 2010 and is a web series that takes place entirely in a fantasy setting; and, true to the form of Dead Gentlemen Productions, gags abound and laughter is never in short supply. One example that springs to mind is the grammatical discussion that takes place (entirely in Orcish, I might add) during the course of a heated stand-off.
Of course, the trash-talking Sword of Fighting (if you think I’m kidding about that, watch the series) is sure to be a quick favorite for all viewers.
“Why does he smell like ‘crying’?!”
Following the exploits of Perf, the wizard, Carrow, the cleric, Nara, the elf and Glorion, the knight as they reluctantly journey together in search of the legendary Sword of Fighting, Season 1 of JourneyQuest spans a total of seven episodes which follow an almost Quentin Tarantino method of filming. The first episode begins after all of the battles and conflicts of the season have taken place in which the viewer is filled in with Wren, the bard as she hurries to catch up with all of the action she missed. From there on in, all of the blanks gradually get filled with each episode.
If you’re familiar with the past works of Dead Gentlemen Productions, you will no doubt recognize several of the actors and actresses from past web series as well as the two Gamer movies, and the list only promises to grow with Season 2.
Current Cast of Charactors:
JourneyQuest is completely creator-distributed and fan-supported. Writer and director of the series, Matt Vancil (who subsequently wrote and directed both of the Gamer films), is very proud of the fact that because of this method of distribution, he doesn’t have to deal with network bureaucracy and there’s no chance of the show getting cancelled because of low ratings. Now, I don’t know about you, but that is true dedication to a project, and it is worthy of some serious applause because the end result is truly a result of the creator’s blood, sweat and tears.
However, because the series relies solely upon donations and contributions from fans, it took a little while for Season 2 to get off the ground, but things are now rolling and progressing. While Season 2 has not yet aired, those who tune in and watch it once it does will be guaranteed many laughs all throughout the course of the season.