Monday, November 23, 2009
The Guild, written by and starring Felicia Day, is an online sitcom about the lives of the members of an online guild, The Knights of Good. Together they battle and level their way through a World of Warcraft-esque MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). Everything starts to fall apart when Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh) mistakenly convinces himself that he and Codex (Felicia Day) are in love and shows up on her doorstep and suddenly the guildies online and offline lives begin to blur together.
Felicia Day plays the online priestess, user name Codex, who begins each episode speaking to the camera, filming an entry for her vlog talking about her life which mostly revolves around her gaming addiction and therapy. The guild is conveniently made up of all local members, allowing for them to find themselves becoming involved in each others AFK (away from keyboard) lives after Codex first calls them together to help her get rid of Zaboo. The other members of the Knights of Good are guild leader and fighter Vork, high schooler and rogue Bladezz, neglectful mum of three and mage Clara, and the ranger Tinkerballa a pre-med student.
Currently into it's third season, The Guild was inspired by Day's own experiences playing World of Warcraft and with gaming addiction. The first season was funded by donations but The Guild is now being distributed by Xbox Live and Microsoft and sponsored by Sprint.
While the plot is centred around gamers and gaming, you do not have to be one to follow the show. There is some gamer-speak but much of the humour is centred around the social awkwardness of these internet shut-ins as they begin for the first time to meet each other face-to-face and encounter other people and real life situations as they venture out into the sunlight.
Click here to go to The Guild website and start watching now!
Apologies about this review isn't more detailed. I am still pretty under the weather, unfortunately.