The five classes in ‘The Green Knight’ RPG are reflective of the characters in the film, creator Timm Woods says.A24
The game also has its own classes that differ from Dungeons & Dragons. In The Green Knight, players take on any of the five roles: Knight, Noble, Hunter, Sorcerer, and Bard. That’s a tad different from D&D‘s classes of Fighter, Rogue, Wizard, Paladin, etc. “If you’re a D&D player, they’ll feel familiar,” Woods says, “but there are distinctions.”
The Knight is not just a Fighter, for example. “The Knight handles honor in a military way. The Knight has a code they need to follow.” The Hunter, too, is not just a fusion of D&D‘s Rangers and Rogues. “The Hunter is less about ranged and sneak attacks, it’s the way they handle Honor. They’re getting the job done in ways that are not necessarily honorable. All the twists we put on the classes highlight ways Honor plays into the narrative.”
Before the pandemic, Woods expected most people to see The Green Knight (a movie he enjoyed and describes as “like Midsommar“) and then play the game. But that’s not possible in 2020. Still, Woods’ RPG is a way to “dive in” the world of Lowery’s movie without spoilers. The Arthurian tale is, after all, many centuries old.
“It was a possibility people might play this game without context of the film,” Woods says. “We built this so whether you’ve seen the film or not, or know the Green Knight’s story, you’ll be able to dive in. It does to a degree follow the film, but is not at all a spoiler. You’ll see the connections and DNA without us taking you through the entire adventure.”
Despite the sophistication of online gaming, analog games like Dungones & Dragons have never been more popular. Even in a pandemic. “RPGs are more popular than ever,” Woods says. “We associate them with the ’80s, but we’re seeing the biggest hype for RPGs [now]. A24 recognized this film had a lot of relationship to the foundations of RPGs as we know them.”
It’s not up to Woods when A24 releases the movie. Even he doesn’t know when other people will finally see it for themselves. Until then, Woods’ RPG is just one way of engaging with a very old story in a new way. “Lord of the Rings led to D&D, but Lord of the Rings exists because of Arthurian myth. It’s going back to the very early roots that made RPGs exciting.”
The Green Knight: A Fantasy Roleplaying Game is available now for pre-order on A24. It will be released on August 29.