In honour of the festive season, Ironfruit and Bethness – The Half-Bakes – gathered together a whole host of Minecraft community members for a Christmassy machinima entitled, with typical understatement, A Mildly Festive Tale.
All seems happy and well as the townsfolk of Tuskany1 gather to celebrate the coming of Christmas. But when the inhabitants fail to pay heed to a threat of destruction from a necromancer, they pay for their complacency… Will the townspeople be able to recover from the effects of the necromancer’s retribution?
No fewer than thirty-one people participated in the production (aside from Ironfruit and Bethness themselves, that is). Just take a look at this cast list!
The Narrator – Astragali
The Singer – jessartisan
The Bard – Nosirrah
The Guardsmen – BenW241 and Viprz13
The Family – Imperialistic, Miss_Evils and thecrystalcrow
The Scientists – Dad and Mary of dadsRfunny
The Necromancers – NiSiSuinegEht, Kalen_Nighteyes and SudoRossy
The Clergy – alefnull and shroomgirl
The Archers – daveleather, RPGamer99 and diegogriff
The Soldiers – SeriousCreeper, xwcg and Uruz
The Blacksmith – hojjosh
The Duo – stephoswalk, Teddanator
The Teacher – MinecraftTeachr
The Scots – Bite and Cheese
The Stereotypes – Tigran, Gleeson9 and Deaboy
The Mugger – Liamwitz
Quite why anyone would want to undertake such a logistical nightmare, as well as considerable amounts of construction (assisted by Redditor Snowghostx), is a mystery… but I’m very glad they did – and not because they asked me to read the narrative poetry (written by Nosirrah). Ironfruit and Bethness put together a wonderful script which is, by turns, charming, funny and suspenseful, and edited snappily by Ironfruit to his usual high standard, coupled with some great incidental music 😀 Plus, I know that there’s been copious use of MobDisguise, because BenW241 was enlisted to be me at the start of the video! 😀
Although I’ve not actually taken the time to investigate, A Mildly Festive Tale may well be the largest cast of Minecrafters to take part in a machinima, and it’s wonderful to know that so many people from the community were willing to play roles… It’s also a testament to how much Ironfruit and Bethness are loved and appreciated by the community 😀 If you haven’t seen it yet, the resulting 11-minute video is definitely worth a watch!
Oh, a final note: At the end of the video, several seconds after the credits finish, there’s an entirely unrelated audio clip of me… Thing is, I did an Irish accent for Ironfruit and Nosi, during my voice-recording session, and Ironfruit said that for his next play, he should have an Irish super-villain as a character, so that I could provide the voice – and that line just sprang to my lips (although the first time, Ironfruit wasn’t recording… so I said I’d do it again for him ;)). The first, unrecorded version didn’t have the ridiculous laughter at the end, though! 😉
1 The name is never officially mentioned, and I only know it because I asked Ironfruit what it was. I guess the silly young chap hadn’t thought about the possibility that people might want to write about it… 😉