Peter Adkinson launches The Devil Walks in Salem Kickstarter campaign

The Devil Walks in Salem is going to be a short film based on a gaming session. They’re looking for funding over on Kickstarter.

From the campaign:

A narrative film inspired by the Salem witch trials. The screenplay is an adaptation of an actual roleplaying game session.

If you’re a fan of roleplaying games, then you’ve undoubtedly experienced one of those magical nights, when every player is on their best game, and when it’s over, you say, “Wow, that would make a great movie.” Well, that’s what we’re doing! Last year we filmed about 30 roleplaying game sessions, and one of those stood out above the rest as a session with a clearly cinematic story. What’s unique and exciting about this project is that the screenplay is an adaptation of a story and characters created through roleplaying.

Don’t play roleplaying games but like dark tales? You’ll love this film, too! It contains bitter family rivalries, unexpected betrayals, a nasty and manipulative villain, lies and deceit, and perhaps a horrifying hanging…or two. For fans of dark works, it’s delicious! Naturally, this project only succeeds if what we create is appealing to someone who doesn’t care at all about games. If you’re a film buff, it’s crucial we create a work you find compelling on its own merits, and we believe we can do just that.

  • Soulfinger

    When I was a little kid, I read Weiss and Hickman’s Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which many of you will recall was also based on a role playing game session. I had a lot of fond memories of that book and recommended it to my wife many years later. Her “WTF is wrong with you” response prompted me to reread the book myself. I couldn’t even get halfway through, it was so awful. All of those fond memories were shot right out of the water, and I realized that my 4th grade self had very poor taste in literature.

    Hearing about a role playing game session is kind of like when you visit your musician friend and he talks your ear off about this great song that he recorded last night (while he was stoned) — describes it for a whole hour, which is every bit as painful as having someone at your FLGS tell you about their D&D character or Vampire LARP. Then you hear the track, and it is this twenty-minute long jam that just goes on forever without really accomplishing anything. I have a feeling that this movie will be like that.