ZERO CHARISMA Trailer (by Nerdist)
This indie comedy about a stereotypical D&D DM looks fun and I plan to buy it!
But the top YouTube comments are complaints about the choice to focus, yet again, on the nerdiest possible gamer rather than the many socially well-adjusted people who play RPGs.
It looks like the supporting characters are just such people—the crazy DM is just the most interesting type among them. And from what we can see in the trailer, this looks like a really exciting and funny movie about an interesting character. It’s not like good movies have to be documentaries.
While this film is clearly made with love by actual gamers, I see the desire for a story that focuses on gamers that normal people can relate to. Are there more non-sociopath-focused (but still well-made) movies and shows about tabletop gamers out there?
“The build relies on a particular interpretation of the Manipulate Form ability, which allows the user to raise a stat on another character to the same level as the user’s corresponding stat. Pun-Pun can only attain apotheosis if this refers to the user’s modified stat: the infinite-stats exploit only works if Pun-Pun can (1) give himself a stat bonus, (2) raise his familiar’s stat to the same level (permanently), (3) command his familiar to use Manipulate Form on Pun-Pun, raising Pun-Pun’s stat permanently, 40 goto 10.”
Researching D&D loopholes, I found this explanation of Pun-Pun the omnipotent level-1 kobold with a beautiful geek-pidjin button.