Worldbuilding. It’s a chore, it’s a craft, it can be great fun! From a young age till now, I’ve always loved it. Whether my eyes scrawl over the many fantastical and wonderful realms of countless authors or I concoct my own strange dimensions from even stranger depths! For November 2018, Nuketown is hosting the RPG Blog Carnival with the theme “All These Worlds…“, a nod towards the classic novel, 2010.
So, it got me thinking about the world I’ve used for quite a few games. From the gritty to the gonzo, from the mystical to the mundane, from the distant past to the distant future. This world is known as Arothe. It’s a quirky and bizarre little world hooked up to many strange eons. In a sense, it’s a high-gonzo, high-planar setting. For the passing glance, it’s what happens when a kid from the 1990s plays too much Planescape and RIFTS. And, well, you’re not exactly wrong. Throw in a lot of ’80s and ’90s sci-fi and fantasy in general, while we’re at it. But, there’s nothing wrong with talking about your inspirations. Inspiration helps to shape the tropes, genres and more that makes up pop culture today!
Author’s Note: So, my previous post with some Zelda themed magical items? Admittedly, I was mostly interested in doing that for the Blog Carnival, albeit it was more so as homage to Peanut Butter Gamer’s Zelda Month videos. Whether this month or early next month, I’ll probably make another LoZ themed post, as I promised I’d do something in some capacity! In the meantime, I want to do something for the November Blog Carnival again. This time, I wanna talk about the home setting I’ve mostly isolated from my very blog. My earlier posts were tied into my own world’s lore, but insecurity and anxiety got the best of me and these references were mostly removed. That said, I wanna welcome people back to my delightful labyrinth of weird, dark, gonzo and crazy that embodies what I do! Also, be warned! Long winded ramblings lie ahead! Tread at your own risk!
Work injuries and stress, combined with some behind the scenes project work, has eaten up time. All in all, long stories. At least with the latter, one thing relates to the Ravenloft adventure I wanna do. In addition, I’m planning on another submission to Threshold Mystara magazine once more. To get a taste of what I’m going to tackle, read the “Returned Blackmoor” article I submitted for Threshold Issue #20!
So, about two years ago, I tried to boot up an account and I didn’t really know what to do with it. In short, I ultimately took it down. However, it’s time to bring it back up. I’m hoping this provides a great way to help revise my old content, preview new stuff and help to improve my work along the way; all while providing my viewers with awesome things worth coming back to. As always, stay tuned!
You can check out my patreon page here!
It’s talk like a Pirate Day and here I find myself fending off seaworthy undead! The process has left me a bit drained. But seriously, I hate constantly making these posts, but at the same time I want to keep everyone in the loop. I’ve been exhausted from work, a lot of personal stress has gotten me down, among other things. I’m not completely sure that my current post (Evard) will reach too much of an audience, granted this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s also a conversion document, which might be a fair bit more niche… even more so, since it was a somewhat obscure module meant for organized play MAAAAAAANY years ago. Needless to say, I’ll push myself to create something, probably for next week. Whether it’s another DM’s Guild update or some more fearsome creatures of the realms of the Gothic, I’m not sure yet. Heck, I might try to toss up something tonight or tomorrow! We’ll see! But first, I need a moment to recoup from the challenges of both the otherworld and the real world.
On another note, I think I created a name for an adventure or a monster post! Even in my fatigued state, I still have tons of crazy ideas!
My next creation will be a little bit late. However, I’d say it’s worth the wait! As I’ve revealed before, I have something due for DM’s Guild quite soon. Stay tuned!
So, I’ve been putting some thought to this. Paypal isn’t really working for me, especially since they have come across as kinda seedy. With that, I might fully switch to Patreon instead. I might have some neat bits for future projects put there, perhaps the prototypes as well. On top of that, older posts might be given new life there, using patreon as a workshop space to brush them up so they’re more up to snuff with newer content… or at the very least, the core of the game itself. So, content like the beastfolk races and various other things will likely be moved to this work space at some point. I’m honestly not proud of them and am tired of seeing these dated drafts getting the most views. For the time being, they’ll probably be set to private. However, something will be made available at some point. Perhaps. I’m not sure yet. I’m not really good at the Patreon thing and can’t really think of rewards, but extra support helps me continue, especially as things get slightly rougher and time is more of the essence.
Anyway, this is mostly just rambling and putting my thoughts out there in regards to the blog. Nothing is really set in stone yet, with anything.
“Why do they always faint when they see me?”
The streets are seemingly cast in a dark and gloomy shade among the lit up lamps. Flittering insects cast sinister shadows on the cobblestones below. However, the chill down your back is far from a winter wind. You feel it, don’t you? A cross between a clacking of razor blades upon your coat mixed with the sharp feeling of exposure to ice. It’s right behind you. As to what it is? You dare not find out, but your doom is likely spelled out for you, regardless. Before you can react, the words, “I have use for you” buzz in your mind before all turns to black.
Author’s Note: Weird Western stuff is fun, but it’s only a single flavor of the Gothic. I’ve always been one for horror in an urban environment, such as jolly old London. Plus, I wanted to switch gears to something a little more traditional D&D. Also, I was really eager to bust out some references to Castlevania! (Yes, most of them are Symphony of the Night.)