UpUpDownDown’s Rollout Features D&D With WWE Superstars
There has been a resurgence in the popularity of tabletop roleplaying game juggernaut Dungeons and Dragons and shows like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone have captivated gamers and fans alike. Gaming channel UpUpDownDown jumped on board with its own D&D show Rollout. The show features WWE’s Xavier Woods – a.k.a. Austin Creed – Ember Moon, Tyler Breeze and Brennan Williams playing a group of characters as they journey in the world of Faerun.
Just got done shooting our sweeeeeet new D&D series for @UpUpDwnDwn – when it drops make sure to let us know if you guys want more 😁 @Wizards_DnD pic.twitter.com/yesbr7eFma
— Austin Creed aka #1 Windjammer (@XavierWoodsPhD) May 30, 2018
UpUpDownDown and Creed teased the show on social media earlier in the year. Rollout is a different show usually seen on UpUpDownDown in that it is a tabletop game as opposed to a video game. However, the show keeps in spirit with the channel that Creed has built in the last few years.
The party members are listed by race and class.
- Xavier Woods/Austin Creed – Sasha the tabaxi, which is a cat-person who has an affinity for taking the teeth of her fallen foes.
- Ember Moon – Kaliopi the eladrin rogue. Eldarin are extraplanar outsiders akin to elves.
- Brennan Williams – Sirias the dragonborn mercenary veteran. As the name suggests, dragonborn appear as dragon humanoids.
- Tyler Breeze – Turok the half-orc wizard who has no qualms of taking money from his foes – or anyone.
The other star of the show is Dungeon Master Arthur Wright, who has been playing D&D since he was 11.
This motley crew of buddies had been adventuring together for three character levels prior to the first episode and the chemistry between the four players show, especially in comedic moments.
Rollout’s first episode is only an hour long and it follows a similar format to D&D shows. As the DM, Wright leads the characters on the adventure while the players decide which actions to take. It is also similar visually as the screen shows each player’s face as well as Wright’s. However, folks also get to see the map the players are traveling and the foes they face.
The adventure begins with the group in the city of Neverwinter as they receive a task to bring supplies to the village of Phandalin. During their trek, they run into a group of goblins, which leads into the show’s first combat.
Rollout has a couple of unique additions, such as the “Big Dice Cam.” When a player receives an advantage on a roll – meaning they roll two twice and selects the higher number – they go to an area in the back and roll two big d20 dice and select the better role.
Another feature is the Critical Hit deck of cards. When a player rolls a critical hit, they pull a card and read the result. Examples include breaking a foe’s nose and applying triple damage, or slicing a goblin’s tendon which slows their movement.
There hasn’t been an announcement of the number of episodes for Rollout or if there will be any guest players on the show. If the show picks up steam it could be one of the most popular programs on UpUpDownDown and open an avenue of more tabletop content on the channel.
Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.
Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.
Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”
Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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