#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – Are the Lands Cartographed? Where are the Boundaries?

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This is the last entry in this monthly challenge, so I’m not paywalling it. We’ve mapped out the basics of the world and have some idea of the rules. Eventually, I’ll get around to turning them into an actual book! As regards this question though… I think short of roughly mapping the world and – perhaps – ‘hex crawling’ a section of the world as a starting area, I’d like to leave things rather vague. Talk of distant nations and lands without anyone being truly, entirely, sure of what is out there. A less defined world leaves far more room for Games Masters to add their own material and leaves room free for supplements and definition as good ideas occur.

Some things will be defined of course, and those have already been covered, while the ‘bottom page text’ – as with Machinations of the Space Princess, will contain plenty of rumours and story seeds.

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#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – What is a Legendary Relic of Power in Your World?

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There will be many relics and magical objects, either newly created or left from the wars of the Philosopher Kings, but I don’t think I particularly want to define any super-powerful objects or items unless they’re necessary for adventures. Game-changing artefacts with game-breaking powers soon become fixations for ambitious players and can bring campaigns to an end. I think they’re better served by being plot points. Things to stop or break, rather than acquire and use. Some examples of these might include…

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#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – What Character Would you Play in Your Own World?

alexandru-negoita-g2I tend to have a few particular archetypes that I play most often. In the world that I have spelled out thus far I would play a rogue/thief type character who has come up from the slums in one of the fortress cities via sometimes grim and often criminal means. He would be a capable fighter, compensating for the relative lack of combat capability compared to a fighter by taking compensatory skills and specialising in particular weapons. He would mask a terror of falling back into poverty with bravado and a surface-level amoral and materialistic fixation. Beneath that he would be a good man forced to live in bad circumstances, but with sympathies for The Comity’s assault on the status quo.

He would not be above slitting a motherfucker’s throat in their sleep, but would also get drunk afterwards from the guilt.

He might look something like this…

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#My30dayWorld – Do Any People of Your World Revere Nature? How Deeply?

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Nature in this world is extremely dangerous. Even without the mutations and strangeness incurred by the wars of the Philosopher Kings this is a world with megafauna, magical animals, plants and the same natural disasters, plagues, fires and issues that would occur in a low or no magic setting. Mother nature is, very much, a bitch. Nature is something to be tamed, exterminated and beaten into submission for most peoples in this world. It’s a hostile relationship with nature existing as a sort of amoral (rather than immoral), destructive force…

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#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – What Deities Dwell in Your Realm? Are they Involved?

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Different cultures have different gods, but they will tend to address the same sorts of archetypes – love, war, fertility, motherhood, fatherhood, knowledge, artisanship and so on. The standard model of religion will be polytheism and gods from different cultures will have different – but similar – interpretations. You can see this in the history of pre-Christian Europe (from which I’m drawing inspiration) where parallels exist between deities across cultures (Thor, Ukko and Taranis for example). This set up also allows for relative cosmopolitanism, which tends to be more interesting in fantasy games, as ‘oh, you just worship a different god’ meant less friction, as in ancient Greece and Rome…

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#My30dayWorld – What is the Most Misunderstood Player Race?

Halfling.pngWhatever my equivalent of halflings ends up being, these will be the most misunderstood race. There will be prejudice against them at all levels of society and in all ways. This will range from simple distrust and dislike to the degree of treating them as pests, in much the same way we would treat rats. While they’ll be known as thieves and pests to most other races, they will have a unique and interesting culture that explains and covers much of their behaviour, as it is seen by outsiders…

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#My30dayWorld – What is the Tech Level? Does Magic Integrate?

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The overall technological level of the world will be that of the 17th century. There will be firearms at the level of the matchlock, cannon, simple grenades and so forth, but they will not – yet – have completely replaced the value of close-quarter arms, especially given the existence of magic and magical materials. Does magic integrate with this technology? Certainly, as an extension of the conventional ideas of magical weapons in your bog-standard fantasy worlds. So you could – very well – end up with a +3, double-barrelled, flaming flintlock pistol-axe, or a ‘+1 Breast Plate of Bullet Resistance’, though within the narrative it will never be these sorts of explicit terms…

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