Written by Jimmy McMichael, Nathan Rice, and Matt Vancil
Directed by Ben Dobyns and Don Early
Since the most ancient days of the world, the forces of Evil have gathered minions of all kinds—from syphilitic ninja vampires to werebadgers, and demons of all varieties—to wreak havoc on the mortal plane. The forces of Good responded in kind, forming an organization of warriors who fight to prevent Hell on Earth. The Brotherhood of the Celestial Torch! But most people just call them Demon Hunters.
Dead Gentlemen Productions, creators of The Gamers and its sequel, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising have joined forces with Margaret Weis Productions to bring the gaming community an RPG filled with action, horror, and off-kilter humor. Every copy of the Demon Hunters RPG ships with a DVD that includes a short film introduction to the world of the Demon Hunters and a DVD-ROM section with bonus game features.
With the success of The Gamers and the impending release of The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, the Dead Gentlemen had started to make friends with people in the gaming industry. One of those friends, Jamie Chambers, worked for Margaret Weis Productions. Jamie must have had some dirt on Margaret, because he convinced MWP to produce an RPG based on a pair of low-budget, college films that hardly anybody had ever seen.
The Demon Hunters RPG was my first paid writing job. I’d never actually played an RPG before, but fortunately there were other people to handle the technical stuff. I was there for worldbuilding. It was a great opportunity to reexamine the old films and separate what worked from what didn’t. It wasn’t necessarily a full reboot of the series, but it was a much needed refresh.
Not only did I contribute to the book, but Nathan Rice and I wrote the first couple drafts of the Orientation Video screenplay, before Matt Vancil came in and Vancilled the crap outta it. The Orientation Video turned out great. These characters and this world have never looked better. Many of the characters were recast, but somehow I managed to hang on to Herr Doktor. I like to think the accent was an improvement this time around. I tell myself all kinds of lies so I can sleep at night.
The print edition of the Demon Hunters RPG is almost sold out, but there’s still a few copies left at Paizo. Or you can buy the digital edition at DriveThruRPG. We’re currently developing a brand new edition of the RPG, updated to reflect the style and storyline of the comic. Look for more information about that project this fall.
The Demon Hunters are back in a new weekly comic from Dead Gentlemen Productions! We’re taking things back to before the beginning with a new format, new stories, and a few surprises along the way. This is Demon Hunters the way it was always meant to be seen—without the limitations of a college film budget. Join the hunt on April 1st at Demon-Hunters.com!