Roleplay Retcon re-imagines famously disappointing movies by making them into tabletop RPG mini-campaigns injected with action, adventure, and comedy. You can listen to each series in any order, as long as you start at the beginning of that series!
Each series also uses a different RPG system! We do a special tutorial episode at the beginning of each series called Roleplay Rookie Camp. Though not required listening, these episodes could be considered the beginning of each series because we sometimes go in-depth into our characters.
Each series ALSO partners with a different band/composer/musician to create the soundtrack for the movie!
Between each series we do a one-shot episode called Righters Room where we bring on special guests to brainstorm how we would remake a movie. These are more like classic movie podcast episodes and don't have any RPG elements in them.
Questions That Would Be Frequently Asked if Anyone Asked Us Questions
Do I need to watch the movie?
The short answer most of the time is no. We're kindof an anthology series that uses the premises of failed movies as jumping-off points, so there's no expectation that you have knowledge of the movie to enjoy the story. A couple of remakes are probably a little confusing without source material knowledge, like The Bodyguard and Arrested Development. Our Rehash and Righters' Room episodes also talk about the original movie, so watching them before listening to those episodes might help. Of course, watching a movie can only enhance the experience, so we do recommend it, but don't let it stop you from firing up the next episode if it's from a movie you aren't familiar with.
How do you pick the movies? The honest answer is that we don't have a real set of criteria. The best rule of thumb we have is that the movie has to have some sort of wide reputation for being a failure in some way; it can't just be a movie we don't like as a group. But, that criteria changes in specific ways from series to series. For instance, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull actually has a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and was a financial success-- but obviously, it had a reputation of being super unpopular with audiences. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie, on the other hand, is almost the complete opposite: It was critically panned and a flop at the box office, but it's become a cult classic in the years since.
So, the short answer is that we don't have a concrete set of criteria. We go with our guts.
We also don't do "B" movies because that seems mean and bullying. We do big Hollywood releases that had every advantage, but were flops anyway.
Can I be on the show? Maybe! Each series has a guest player/actor that's usually our friends, family, or an acquaintance from another podcast or show. We also invite guests on for our one-episode Righter's Rooms. That can be you! Just get in touch with us and we can come up with some information to give you.
Or, maybe you're an indie musician/composer, or a member of an indie band? We partner with musicians to provide the soundtracks for our series; if this sounds like something you'd like to do, get in touch with us!
I made an RPG. Will you use it on the show?
No promises, but we'll certainly talk to you about it. Just get in touch. If you send us a copy, we'll thank you and plug you in our mid-roll or end-roll breaks, regardless if we actually use the system or not.
Can I suggest a movie?
Yes! Tag us on social media when you do, please! Keep in mind that we like to do famous/infamous films for our remakes, but more obscure films are good candidates for Righter's Room!
Why do you keep railroading/being terrible at RPGs?
It's true, we do a lot of things that would probably usually be considered poor choices for players and GMs. This is usually because what makes a fun/good game doesn't always make a good show.
You guys seem cool. Do you want to be friends?
Come hang out with us in our Discord! We talk with our fans a lot there. Plus, we host Watch Parties once a month there and watch movies together!