“HarmonQuest” is for those who remember the good ole days. Those were the days when “Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)” were three manuals: Player Handbook, Dungeon Master Guide and Monster Manual. You sat at a table wielding dice, graph paper and a pencil. One common question from outsiders who didn’t play D&D was, “Where is the game board?” The response from insiders who played D&D was, “It’s in your head, use your imagination.”
Insiders thought you were cool. Outsiders thought you needed psychiatric help, or at least an exorcist. “HarmonQuest” changes all that. It visualizes what insiders are imagining for outsiders to see.
“HarmonQuest” is plain, goofy fun among friends. Co-Executive Producer and host Dan Harmon play old school D&D with Co-Executive Producer and writer Spencer Crittenden, Erin McGarthy and Jeff Bryan Davis. Every episode introduces a new special guest star into the medieval fantasy role playing game.
The interactive adventure begins in the village of Earthscar, during the Festival of Earth Restoration. The Dungeon Master or Game Master (Spencer Crittenden) introduces viewers to the player characters, starting with Fondue Zoobag (Dan Harmon). Zoobag is a half-orc ranger. Next, there is Bone Weevil (Jeff Davis), a goblin rogue. Finally, Beora Shift of the Scorching Clan (Erin McGathy) joins the group with her Only Friend, her trusty battle axe.*
What makes “HarmonQuest” fresh is the game is presented as an animation based on what is happening during the actual game. There are cut scenes back to the group with a live studio audience. The reactions and comments at the gaming table are added to the cartoon.
“HarmonQuest” is a Seeso Original Series. Seeso is owned by NBC Universal. It will be streamed on Amazon Video beginning July 14, 2016. A Seeso subscription is $3.99. You may watch the first episode for free. Also, enjoy the trailer teaser provided below. It is not as impressive as episode one, but it does provide basic information about “HarmonQuest.” Please be warned, some of the language is crude. “HarmonQuest” is not for children.
“HarmonQuest” is funny, unpredictable and addictive.
*Author apologizes for any misspelling of player characters’ names.