This episode came on about two weeks ago, and I've been meaning to share it. I always thought that there would be a great way to incorporate RPGs into a tv show without it all being about RPGs played by anti-social nerds who can only be tolerated by each other. It's an unfortunate stereotype that has been perpetuated by multiple sources of media. I'm not going to call out against it because hey, a lot of it is really funny. There's a lot of it made by people in the hobby who know what some of the truths are. But when it's made by people who don't participate in it, they miss the point and make the joke more about how the people are pathetic in general, something that you don't need RPGs as a template to do. Many other nerd hobbies suffer this fate, but I feel RPGs are one hobby that makes the least sense to outsiders.
Anyway, it's nice to see the show that uses the RPGs and fantasy setting more for continuing what makes the show entertaining in the first place. I'm a fan of the comedy Community, partly because I think Joel McHale is hilarious and also because it's so goofy without relying on entirely awkward humor. This show was able to take Dungeons and Dragons and instead of making it the butt of the joke, the background for the funny story it was telling. If something mainstream is starting to use it that way, it means that DnD is seen as less of a weird thing and more as a legit hobby. And that, as a gamer in the real world, makes me smile.
Also, this episode is great all around.