Monday, July 11, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Top 20 - #11 - Bearded Company – Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign

An improvised fantasy adventure where fate is decided by a 20-sided die. Dragons will be slain, dungeons will be explored and, nerd or not, there’s something for everyone.

This is another one that I can’t believe wasn’t already on a previous pre-Fringe Top 10 or Top 20 list.  I’ve seen this improv concept in action from the Bearded Company three times now, twice live in the Fringe in 2017 and 2019, and then again in the first virtual Fringe in 2020 during the pandemic.  I enjoyed Swords & Sorcery every single time.  So, of course, I’m going again.  They basically use the whole Fringe run of five shows to create an epic tale (no worries, they recap if you’re coming in at the middle of the run before they launch into the next improvised episode - I saw the epic conclusion one time without seeing anything prior to that and I still had a blast).  It’s just a heck of a lot of fun watching them create characters, relationships, perils and battles, and just keep building on everything that came before.  I’ve never played one of these games myself, but it’s a kick to watch them turn it into a live action comedy-adventure, completely made up on the spur of the moment, always depending on whether they get a high or a low roll of the dice to tilt the outcome in unexpected ways.

(You can click on the following links to see a set of links to the full Top 10 list, the Top 11-20 list, a list of returning favorites, and the full coverage of the 2022 Fringe on this blog.) 



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