Even though Riddick
has only clocked half as much big-screen time as Fast
, it’s well and truly a multi-platform phenomenon, taking in video games and graphic novels that have kept the “IP”, as Diesel puts it (that’s intellectual property to the folks at home), ticking over. Given this, I see my chance and ask him if he would ever consider turning Riddick
into a roleplaying or tabletop game. He is, after all, one of Dungeons & Dragons
' most high-profile adventurers.
"Very much so," he says, only barely restraining his enthusiasm. "Um… I would love to do it. You mean like classic roleplaying?"
Well yes, I respond, I’m a D&D player.
"Are you??" he says, before breaking into the cheesiest grin and double thumbs up this side of Wayne Campbell saying "Zang!" Then he pulls back from the brink of deep nerd and side-eyes me. "But you’re probably a new generation D&D player."
No, actually, I say, for years we played 1st edition AD&D [Advanced Dungeons & Dragons to you], and our DM [dungeon master to you] only recently decided to bring us into the 4E [4th edition to… you get the picture] world. His eyes widen and I know we’re about to get into it.
Here follows the next few minutes, as my fellow journalists’ eyes glazed over:
Vin: “What’s that like? I never made that transition.