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!
My good blogger buddy, Brynvalk, is hosting a theme once more! This time around, it’s “Tabletop Tales“. If you wanna know more, please hop over to the page in the link and help support the theme! For more on RPG Blog Carnival, please go here! Despite the slight break in theme from Gaslamp Fantasy/Gothic Horror/Weird Western, my content will continue during the next week. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make another blog carnival post that’s also a themed post for here. Some kinda lore related post or world building that ties into the theme of stories in the tabletop realm. I may be truly something out there, but I have a few fun ideas here and there!
In the meantime, please indulge a mad bard as he recants tales of wonder, woe and weeeeiiiiiiirrrrrddd stuff! Let me share with you stories of high adventure! (cue Conan the Barbarian theme)
I’m going to have a slight change of pace. This one has been floating in the aether for a while now, if only because of a bunch of scattered memories tied to facebook posts from ages back. Well, digging a mix of scattered campaign notes, FB posts and then some. So, let’s dive into the past and observe the passage of time within what started as a small city and expanded into its own thing.
The Dream has died, but in its place… is something worse.
Before leaving to reality, the players pierced deep into the deeper dream. The Dreaming is finished, perhaps gone for good? The players make their way out of a dream realm and hopefully back into the real world. But, what is real and what’s really going on? Being stuck in The Dream for so long was certainly no accident. And so, ends the first part of my zany adventure (that I originally intended not to last this long!)
Welcome back, gamers! I usually homebrew stuff and this is a complete change of pace for me. That said, I’ve been meaning to write pieces examining things within games in addition to homebrew. As it is, I’ve branched out with gaming recaps and those seem to reach some sort of audience, so I’ll continue to experiment. That said, homebrewing is still my prime focus.
Back on topic, last time I opened up the carnival by looking at why I think people like darker genres and topics in their games! Today’s post is deeper focus on dark settings in regards to conflict; whether it’s problems from society, the self, the environment or even forces beyond our control. One can’t have a darker story without extreme conflict, to the point it’s usually quite oppressive, or repressive in some cases. Sure, there are more examples than what I’m talking about, but I could go on and on about that. Also, I like rambling some anecdotes about old games I’ve played it, because I really love sharing gaming stories with everyone when I get the chance!
Author’s Note: I know, it’s a change of pace. Like I said, I’m not abandoning homebrewing. I promise. Also, this one is a little more mature oriented than other posts, touching upon rougher subjects.
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We return, from yet another time gap, to exploring the strange terrors in and around the Bloodied Wyvern Peaks… and the multiverse of the Bloodied Wyvern Peaks. After breaking away from “Purple World” as the team calls it, everyone lounges at a royal lodge… Nothing suspicious at all! It all feels like a dream.
WELCOME TO PURPLE VIOLET! (Don’t sue me, Green Ronin!)
We’re back! Once again, the weirdness lifts off the material realm… or so it seems. We lose one of our dysfunctional heroes and gain another and more things seem off… if a tad off track entirely!
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Yes, Utopian-Orvaldt is a slight spoof on Blue Rose, with the fashion and style of Hirohiko Araki to boot, even though players didn’t have a chance to explore the utopia too much. No, I don’t have a chip on my shoulder towards Green Ronin, even though I don’t particularly like Blue Rose. The idea was based on old notes I had sitting around for the sake of a light-hearted plane hopping game. I might do something more with that soon enough. Also, I’m sorry for killing off your character super quickly, Evan! Really, I am!