JourneyQuest, the ongoing and award winning fantasy series from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) is back… or at least it will be if its kickstarter for Season 4 is successful. The show follows the exploits of a dysfunctional adventuring party, drawn together by destiny and fated to change the shape of the world, even if they’d rather not. During the course of the first three seasons JourneyQuest has developed not only its protagonists but the world of Fatherall and its Fourth Age into a fully realised setting that rivals the likes of Middle Earth or Westeros.
But what’s special about JourneyQuest? Well have you heard of The Gamers, perhaps the most famous creation from the combined genius of Dead Gentlemen Productions and ZOE? The Gamers is a love letter to the gaming hobby as a whole, focusing on players and the frequently absurd hijinks that they get their characters into. The Gamers is where you find a thief turned lawyer obsessed with stealing trousers, a bard that dies a dozen times a session or a monk that spouts such wisdom as:
He who stumbles around in darkness with a stick is blind. But he who… sticks out in darkness… is… fluorescent!Brother Silence, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
Where The Gamers is about celebrating the hobby JourneyQuest is the epic saga celebrating the fantasy genre itself. It’s everything that the many failed D&D movies should have been. A consistent fantasy world that exists beyond the current scene, with a sense of both history and future and that manages to portray a serious story without sacrificing its sense of humour. It’s a show that deserves to be hailed far and wide not only for its world and storytelling but for demonstrating what independent creators are capable of when they push for excellence every step of the way.
Having crossed the half-way mark with Season 3 the remaining two seasons of JourneyQuest promise to up the ante as the tales of Perf, Nara, Carrow, Glorion, Wren and Rilk come to a head. This is a series that derserves to be finished and ZOE can’t do that without a successful. The show is, and always will be, in the hands of the people that fund it – the fans. While it is available for streaming via Amazon Prime, YouTube and The Fantasy Network it remains a Fan supported, Creator distributed production. That means there are no network executives or external distributors deciding on its fate. There are just regular people, like you and me.
So if you’re still not sure or you’ve missed the first three seasons then go watch it for free on The Fantasy Network before checking out the Kickstarter video below: