Thursday, 7 June 2012

Worlds Yet To Conquer...

In which I display some setting ideas that I really want to run with and develop at some point but at the moment have neither the time nor the motivation (due to working on my RQ world) to do so:

I want to run an RPG, though I've yet to decide on the system, set on Oddworld. Dystopian high-tech world? Check. Tribal magic-based cultures? Check. Huge conflict between Industrial greed and naturist tree-hugging? Check. This is essentially Pandora but 15 years earlier and is such a developed world with a fantastic backdrop for adventuring and freedom-fighting/terrorising that it would be remiss not to run something here at some point. Unfortunately as it's a (very strictly) licenced world, I'd have to do all conversions and everything to a system myself which would be a drag. Not insurmountable but it's certainly delayed for now.

A long time ago there was Prince Of Persia, now there is Garshasp: The Monster-Slayer (A game I highly recommend playing by the way). Between them they sparked an interest in Persian mythology that has been brewing steadily of late. While Greco-roman and to a certain extent Arabian mythology (Al-Qadim anyone?) have been well covered in RPG canons of various flavours, Persian mythology seems to have gone somewhat unloved. Whether this is just due to a lower level of proliferation in Western culture or just the fact that their myths and fabulous creatures are less well-known I don't know but I'd like an authentically Persian feeling setting for one of my games. Similarly, classical Meso-American civilisations (Aztecs, Mayans) seem to have generally been relegated to being the calling cards of various Lizardman cultures (c.f. WHFB) and hopefully at some point an entirely jungle-based setting inspired by these cultures shall also be realised.

More shall probably be forthcoming but these two/three (primarily video-game inspired I notice) arethe ones I have been mulling over recently.

2 comments:

  1. A lot of what determins proliferation of mythology is how it shaped the culture you live in. Even if you live in the States, your cultural heritage goes back to a European base, and that means Greece kicking Persian but, and the Romans being amazing. I know there's plenty of cool mythology in the Americas, but how of much of it has anything to do with the cultural roots of the societies that exist there these days?

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    1. I know where you're coming from of course, but in the modern age where all information is disseminated everywhere via the internet there's no reason why these forgotten mythologies can't be brought back to the fore.

      And I'm in the UK which means Celtic mythology being the most prominent, followed by the classical civilisations. Neither Persian nor American mythology has anything to do with my (country's) history, which is largely why I'm interested in them.

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