It’s post 100! To celebrate this enormous milestone, I’ve been planning a tribute to what is probably the best webshow ever created, Geek & Sundry’s The Guild!
I love The Guild. I only discovered it in April this year, having been only periphally aware of it before then, but was absolutely overjoyed that I did! The product of the excellent Felicia Day, who plays the lead Cyd Sherman/Codex, the show depicts a small group of MMORPG gamers who meet up in person, and the havoc that is unleashed thereafter. Innovative for its time, it was perhaps the first breakthrough show to be released online.
The show debuted on July 27, 2007, with the first three episodes being filmed entirely on the producers’ own money. However, it proved so successful that it was picked up for another seven episodes. Subsequent seasons ran to twelve episodes, with these episodes often running longer and longer as time went on.
The first three seasons have been released on DVD in the UK, though the final three are still on their way. At least they’re freely available online, though I do enjoy having the physical product of course! Keep an eye on Geek and Sundry’s website for further releases!
In addition to the webseries, there are numerous tie-ins related to the show such as comics, music videos, and even game tie-ins! A “season 0” comic series was released that showed us how Codex got into The Game (which is clearly based on World of Warcraft). A series of one-shots was the released showcasing the other members of the Guild, followed by another one-shot showing what happened to Fawkes and the rival guild Axis of Anarchy between seasons 4 and 5.
Of the three music videos they’ve done, the first, ‘(Do you wanna date my) Avatar’ is definitely my favourite, it’s just so much fun!
Released to promote the third season, two more videos were released – ‘Game On’ to promote season 4, and ‘I’m the one that’s cool’ followed to promote the launch of Geek & Sundry itself.
It’s a fantastic show! If you’ve made it this far without watching any of these linked videos, then shame on you! Go back and watch them all – it’s the best few hours you’ll spend online, I’m sure you’ll agree!