Lost World zones, in the mode of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World” and/or Jules Verne’s “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, have become a staple of the tabletop RPG world. Whether it’s fantasy or science fiction, the draw of prehistoric settings and creatures has remained high for years. But the drawback is that a lot of them feel same-y. The same grab bag of fan favourite dinosaurs, the same cavemen, maybe some lizardfolk for spice, and the inevitable jungle and swamp terrain combo. So this post is all about diversifying your Lost Worlds in your world building, to bring a bit of extra fun to it all!Read more
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Science Fiction is the odd one out in the world of tabletop roleplaying games. It’s been around forever, but it’s never achieved the same levels of popularity that fantasy gaming has. So this post is all about getting the word out about some great science fiction RPG options. So buckle up and enjoy a listicle of 6 Must Try Sci-Fi RPGs!
Building a world for play is, to many, one of the big attractions of playing a TTPRG. However, it can be a daunting task, especially if you get caught up in the minutiae of it all. Also, the time requirements can be onerous. It’s all good though, because you can still develop a nuanced, holistic world! The trick is planning and scaled development. So let’s take a look at developing your world in stages.
So, I was driving home and tossed in The Rat Pack Live at the Sands for the ride. I was muttering to myself about Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy games and how they treat both POC and non-humans as being less dimensional and nuanced. This had been set off by reading through my shiny new pdf copy of Tiny Dungeon 2e, where I was simultaneously elated at the variety of player races and depressed by the stereotypes applied. So, mid-mutter, Sammy Davis Jr came into the set, and I heard his iconic line of “Integration! Integration!” So let’s talk decolonization and integration. And yes, I’m picking on D&D in this, because it set the pattern.
Rifts is my eternal problematic fave, and also a source of bizarre, contradictory, and confusing lore. However, something that’s easy to let fall through the cracks of the gonzo setting is that there are actually many survivor states in the post-apocalypse. That’s right, places that directly trace their lineage, governance, culture, and dominant populations back to the Pre-Rifts era. And this Backgrounder as an overview of them!