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GOLD is a comedy series about Professional Role Playing Gamers, written and produced for the web, which premiered in November 2008. Season 1 (current season) has new episodes every month.
The World Goblins & Gold Role Playing Game Championship is only a few short weeks away. The perennial second-place American team has undergone an upheaval: their longtime team leader, Jonathan Drake, has suffered a tragic gaming-related accident. Maverick player and loose cannon Richard Wright takes the reigns and tries to wrestle his new team into shape before the competition, while despondent Jonathan battles his personal demons. Meanwhile, the World Champion British team, led by the crafty Oliver Crane and sultry Martha Thistlethwait, prepare for the Championship by enlisting a gaming legend as their new coach.
As the two factions battle internal and external strife, another threat rears its head: despite a fervent European following, in the U.S., Goblins & Gold is on the decline. Fewer and fewer players are picking up the dice in pursuit of this proud but aging sport, opting instead for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games and the seductive simplicity of console gaming.
Can Richard whip his new team into shape in time for the championships? Will Crane's Britons continue to dominate? And, if G&G loses its audience, will it all even matter in the end?
Join us this fall for the web series that dares to ask the question, "Can you take the hits?"
Richard Wright is a loose cannon; the arrogant American rockstar of the gaming world. Fast cars, loose gamer chicks, easy money—it’s all in a day’s work for Richard. He has a quick wit, and uses it to eviscerate both his friends and his enemies. If he weren’t a truly extraordinary gamer, he’d just be an asshole. Instead, among his peers he’s a god.
Jonathan used to be the leader of the American Goblins & Gold team. After leading the U.S. to Silver three years in a row, he suffered a tragic gaming accident in the semi-final round of this year’s tournament. The U.S. team was still able to defeat the Russians, but Jonathan was left crippled, both emotionally and, seemingly, physically.
Tim is another member of the American G&G team, the prototypical uptight “rules-police” gamer. Many would view Tim’s life as wasted - he just sees it as focused. In his mind, he’s sacrificed everything to the Game, eschewing women, alcohol and, indeed, anything outside of his G&G world—as a result, his gameplay is focused and disciplined.
Prior to Jonathan’s injury, Sam was the American team’s alternate. While he talks a big game and is often critical, sour and sarcastic, deep insecurity colors his every move. His quick temper and stubborn nature make him a natural for playing warriors ("tanks," in game parlance).
Charles is the American team’s new alternate. A longtime fan of the group, Charles has over the years been the team’s equipment manager, webmaster of the team’s website, and president of the team’s fan club. He’s a strong but tentative gamer with aspirations toward becoming a Game Master.
Jackson was the American team coach before Jonathan’s injury, and a big-shot Game Master in international gaming circles before a very public falling-out with the Goblins & Gold Gaming Rules Consortium over cross-gender play. Now he’s struggling to regain his former glory in the American RPG world.
Cissy is an actress who got her start as the sexy alien empath on the syndicated sci-fi cult favorite, Battle Planet. Now she is a mid-level daytime soap opera star, splitting her time between her blossoming acting carer and trying to help her husband, Jonathan, get his head straight after his tragic accident.
Oliver is the British G&G team captain. He’s highly charismatic, and a ruthless, brutal player. Unlike the American team, whose popularity is waning (along with interest in the sport) in their own country, the British team are celebrities in England, and Oliver is the Liam Gallagher to their Oasis.
Martha is the real brains behind the British G&G team. Her practical nature and even temper help to hold Oliver back from some of his more flamboyant ideas, and help keep the team focused on their work. Unlike Oliver, she’s motivated more by a desire to crush her opponents than a desire for fame.
The third member of the British team, Paul is an idiot savant. In everyday affairs, Paul’s intellectual capacity is somewhere between puppy dog and turnip. Miraculously, though, with a D20 in his hand, he’s among the most skilled gamers in the world. He’s incapable of hubris or even basic understanding of his celebrity.
Oliver’s trusted assistant, Persephone does everything from cooking his food to carrying his bags to arranging his appointments. She’s ruthlessly efficient and mind-bogglingly loyal, especially considering Oliver is almost constantly rude or dismissive toward her.
Alex is Jonathan’s sports agent, fast-talking, slick and confident. A wanna-be Jerry Maguire, Alex mostly represents RPG gamers, video-gamers and CCG players. Jonathan is his largest client.