I remember a particular TV film where the protagonist becomes obsessed with his inner world of high fantasy and this becomes an important cause of his actions, but there were no other elements of fantasy in the story.

(Edited subsequently)

I must add that the actions of the protagonist are influenced by his inner world of fantasy, not only because it is very important to him, but because the protagonist believes that this fantasy world is real.

So it's not just the case of an RPG player obsessed with his hobby, but a situation similar to Don Quixote's: he sees giants instead of mills.


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Valid if the film depicts the fantastic elements as reality

If, within the film's context, the fantastic bits are shown as reality within its context. So if you have a guy involved in a D&D analogue who visualizes the events of the game as actually happening, that would be valid, I think.

Ambiguous if not

We allow for discussions of fantastic pieces of fiction (discussing a film with dungeons and dragons in it). We allow for metafictional discussions about the creators of fantastic fiction (why did Gary Gygax decide to call it "Dungeons and Dragons?"). Where it gets a little tricky would be if we had a film about someone who creates fantastic fiction (say, a film about Gary Gygax and his struggles with the industry) or even a film about someone who creates fictional fantastic fiction (the saga of someone creating Mercenaries and Mangonels).

Personally, I think that it would be valid only if we see the fantastic world depicted as a significant element, but not if it's just about boardroom meetings and the arguments he has with his wife over neglecting his children in favor of polyhedral dice.

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    "I think this counselling for my addiction to RPG is going [rolls a 9] quite well"
    – Valorum
    Apr 27, 2018 at 20:07
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    Re "a film with Gary Gygax" - If the question were along the lines of "The film says X happened while Gygax was developing Dungeons and Dragons - Is that true?" then I would call it very much on-topic as fandom information about Dungeons and Dragons, never mind what the film has to do with it.
    – Kevin
    Apr 28, 2018 at 4:49
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    Honestly, now I kind of want to make a movie about an ersatz Gary Gygax and his struggle to get Mercenaries and Mangonels into print...
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 1, 2018 at 3:27

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