I thought I would throw up some more screen-shots from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon along with some general observations. Sorry – no more nude shots.
No. 1: While watching an episode tonight it struck me that Venger really has strong shades of David Warner from Time Bandits.
No. 2: Many elements in the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon are patterned directly after Star Wars. Dungeon Master is a Yoda-clone (he even says lines in a Yoda-like cadence sometimes) and the score (though exceedingly good) owes more than a nod to John Williams. The one thing that the cartoon really didn’t need to bite off was Lucas’s baser marketing instincts and those loveable Ewoks. Regardless of how bad I wanted to be an Ewok every Halloween from ages 7-12, the “Cloud Bears” are totally uncalled for. It does occur to me though that the Cloud Bears may have not been Ewok copies, but Care Bear or Shirt Tails knockoffs.
No. 3: Finally here is a snap of a bona-fide water clock. If you look real close you can see a drop of water about to fall. I’m really impressed by this. Wizards of the Coast or whoever owns D&D ought to feature this picture in one of the handbooks. I never knew what one looked like until I saw the cartoon. And that really would have helped me in gameplay, because water clocks were one of the more pricey things you could buy, so I’d always try to own like 3 of those suckers, even though there was no way I could have carried even one along with my 20,000 GP, 50,000 SP and 342,493,835 CP.
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I always figured that a water clock was about the size of a stand-up grandfather clock.
See the picture would have been helpful.
Hey check this out… I just Googled waterclocks and found a water clock that might use electrophoresis to work… it says it has a fuel cell.
Dragon what do you think?
It only costs $19.99.
I never really pictured what it looked like. Nice find.
While the clock pictured is pretty neat I suspect it is a more fantastical version than real water clocks would have been. Or even more fantastical than originally presented in the D&D game (IIRC the water clock in the equipment list was so massive it would need it’s own wagon to be moved).
A little perusing seems to suggest that real-world water clocks tended to be monsterously huge things:
Dragon: Did you check out that other water clock I posted in reference to electrophoresis and fuel cells?
Additionally, the Su Sung looks pretty snazzy, but the only problem I see with it is that if water clocks were in fact bigger than the one featured in the cartoon, it would seem to suggest that D&D isn’t based on living breathing fact. And that’s absurd because everyone knows D&D is real.
Speaking of which, I was considering going into the sewers this evening to slay some beholders. If any of you guys are up for it, let me know.
Re Electric Water Clock: I suspect that the electric water clock pictured works sort of like the “potato clocks” you sometimes see for sale. Basically the stuff you put in the clock doesn’t matter too much (be it potato or cola).
The power comes from the fact that there are two electrodes in the clock made of different metals (typically zinc and copper I think). IIRC the difference between the two metals causes Oxidation/Reduction reactions to occur so that one electrode gradually corrodes.
A variation on this set of reactions is what takes place inside any battery. In the case of the clock you pointed out the water (or the cola or the potato as the case may be) is necessary to the process but the water is not actually supplying the power, the electrodes are supplying the power as they undergo a chemical change. So basically in cases like this they make the water or potato really prominent because it looks cool, and (in my jaded opinion) to take your attention off the fact that your electrodes are slowly decaying.
Re REAL D&D:
Yah, the D&D cartoon is full of lies that lured me in to the game but then disillusioned me. Like that cool bow that shoots an endless supply of glowing arrows; I never saw that anywhere in the game!
I’d love to take part in your sewer project. I’ll try to stop by your place later and help out, right after I learn a few more “real” spells.
Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure I thought the water clock listed in the PHB was huge because of the price tag. 2000gp, wasn’t it?
Water clocks are called clepsydra. (Greek for “water thief”.)
The one in the screen grab is from ‘The City At The Edge Of Midnight’ episode and there’s a beautiful little sequence where Sheila sheds a tear and the scene fades to the clepsydra with Shiela’s tear now becoming a droplet of water powering the clock.
(Wonder if the writer knew that that fade out scene would involve two “thieves”?)
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