The Guild faces the biggest boss of all time...Zaboo's Mom.
Cyd's Opening Line Edit
"I’ve never really felt like I have any control over my life. I think that’s why I like video games. It’s so much easier to measure life in experience points. But when I was in Cheesybeard’s and I saw that...woman. I had this crazy surge of confidence that...that... I could take on something that was bigger and tougher than anything I’d taken on before. Because I had the Guild as backup. It was pretty cool. This is really good pudding"
Characters (in order of appearance) Edit
- Felicia Day as Cyd Sherman (Codex)
- Viji Nathan as Zaboo's mother
- Sandeep Parikh as Sujan Balakrishnan Goldberg (Zaboo)
- Robin Thorsen as Clara
- Amy Okuda as Tinkerballa
- Jeff Lewis as Herman (Vork)
- Vincent Caso as Bladezz
From original video Edit
- The bedroom featured in this episode is actually a completely different location from episodes 1-8. The creators had to redress another room due to location issues.
- The pudding Codex eats in the first scene was sugar-free in real life and made Felicia want to puke.
- Felicia Day wrote all the episodes. She is a big gamer in real life. She plays WOW and has (as per July 2008) a 64 warlock, a 61 priest, 35 rogue and 22 mage.
- All the gaming terms are deliberately kept general to avoid copyright issues.
- Co-producer Kim Evey has another YouTube show - "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show"
- Felicia wrote the roles of Zaboo and Vork for the actors Sandeep and Jeff. They all do improv together in Los Angeles.
- The rest of the cast were found through open auditions with the help of a casting director.
- "The Guild" was originally written as a TV show pilot. It was rewritten to fit the YouTube form better. This episode was not in the original script.
- Cheesybeards is actually a bar called "Room 5" in LA. The production designer redressed everything to make it look more like a diner.
- All the extras are fans of the show who came out and helped.
- Zaboo's t-shirt says "It's because I'm a gnome, isn't it?"
- Viji, Zaboo's mom is in a Heineken commercial that ran in 2008.
- Sandeep (Zaboo) is actually a writer/director more than an actor. He also runs EiffinFunny, a site for standup comedy clips.
- He also has a web series "Legend of Neil" on Atom Films. Felicia acts in Episode 3.
- The cast got a PR tour of Blizzard which resulted in half of them becoming addicted to WOW.
- Felicia stars in another web project "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" created by Joss Whedon.
- The cast and crew only shot once a month for the whole first season, and thus Clara changes hair style every episode.
- Felicia is a professional actor and can be seen in a lot of productions, including this Cheetos commercial.
- Originally, there was another special effect shot with poison coming out of Viji's mouth towards Tink on "Out of the way you!" but there was a debate over whether it was confusing for Tink to imply that she saw the poison cloud drifting towards her when the other shots were Zaboo's POV.
- Greg Benson, director of episodes 6-10 of The Guild also has another series on YouTube, "Retarded Policeman."
- There was some debate on set as to whether Vince really knew what a MILF is. He was 16 when season 1 was shot.
- Tara, who played Bladezz's sister in Episode 5 is actually his real-life sister.
- Amy (Tink) is actually a professional dancer. The Guild was her first acting role.
- Season 1 was shot on Panasonic 100b cameras (owned by Sandeep) and usually, there were around 5-7 crew members on set.
- The hostess in the background of Zaboo's mother polishes the menu during the whole episode.
- This shot is the first shot in the whole series where all the Guild members are in the same shot.
- When shooting the scenes with people at their computers, the actors generally only read with Felicia or the director.
- The final scene originally started out with Zaboo's mom clawing at Codex again from the car, like she did in Episode 7, but it was cut in editing.
- The final scene was shot in an alley behind the restaurant. Cars kept driving through the shot, so it took 6 times as long to shoot it as anticipated.