November is the time for snuggling under a blanket, sipping hot cider, and watching beautiful D&D campaigns come to life. When I first dove into the world of D&D, Relics and Rarities was there to catch me. Deborah Ann Woll has a way of captivating her audience through storytelling, world-building, and crafting loveable NPCs. I heard about Woll’s one shot Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge through the grapevine and knew I’d be watching it; however, when I heard they were partnering with the Autism Society of America, I was ecstatic. Before my love for D&D emerged, I worked with children with ASD for several years. To have both of my passions come together in one night, was awe-inspiring.
Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge came to life because of the wondrous and curious Dungeon Master, Deborah Ann Woll. She led our heroes Rikki Huckster (Xander Jeanneret), Rosie Beestinger (and Kate Welch), Beadle (Matthew Lillard), Mal’gre Maugre (TJ Storm), Vlahnya Um’vairar (Satine Phoenix), and Veznas (Luke Gygax) through a series of magical fairytales. You see, they were plucked from their respected worlds by the Tale Weaver to help save the Book of Knowledge, which is erasing its own beloved stories.
Woll has a way of bringing the story to life and truly makes the audience feel immersed in the world she’s woven. As the team shifted between one story to the next, gorgeous artwork danced across the screen, and fans of Relics and Rarities heard some familiar voices. Tommy Walker and Jasmine Bhullar narrated the fairy tales bringing forth a sense of wonder, only adding to the immersion experience. The show was indeed a sight to be seen, even from the comfort of the live stream.
Rikki, Rosie, Beadle, Mal’gre, Vlahnya, and Veznas may have come from different worlds, but they worked together like a well-oiled machine. Well, when Beadle wasn’t jumping into the water anyway. They kept me laughing, and even though I wasn’t at the Alex Theater, I felt included. These guys did terrific jobs also if some of their dice rolls flopped.
Overall, Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge exceeded my already high expectations. The best part of this event is it’s the heart of the documentary, A World of Dungeons & Dragons. D&D can help children of all ages, on or off the spectrum, foster creativity, enhance their social skills, and allows them to have a great time. In the end, I look forward to the next installment, Lost Odyssey: The Red Scribe and the release of the documentary.
If you haven’t had a chance to checkout, Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge, be sure to click here! There is still time to donate to the Autism Society of America, and receive some cool D&D swag, just click here. You have until January 2020 to give, let’s reach their goal and help a fantastic charity in the process.