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    Prep for Setting Poll - Good Settings

    I'm watchin, and very much enjoying, the series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Its a gritty world that would make a great place for gaming.

    I was wondering what people think would be an exciting setting for a game. I'd like to make a list, including old standbys like Greyhawk or Faerun, and then post a poll to see what people are the most excited about.

    I'll start the list and let this message run a week so people can add to it. This is a list of works that would inspire a new game. No slavish copying or replaying of existing plot(s).

    Sci Fi

    Firefly
    Buck Rogers (New) - Gil Gerard
    Buck Rogers (Old)
    Blade Runner
    Logans Run
    Star Wars (D6)
    Star Wars (D20 & Paramount)
    Traveller Univ.
    Gurps Univ.
    Star Trek (Pick a series)
    Mad Max?

    Sword & Sorc
    Greyhawk
    Forgotten Realms
    Moor****
    Thieves World
    Fritz Lieber
    Pern
    Conan
    ?
    ?
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    This message is reserved to help organize the above.
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    Apocalyptical settings :

    The Stand
    Zombie-Disaster (Numerous flavours)
    Last Blood (Webcomic, Zombies with a twist. )

    Sci-Fi
    Traveller New Era (Wonderful basic idea. )
    Farscape
    Firefly

    Fantasy :
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    Sci-Fi:
    Firefly (I know it's been stated before but it is good!)
    Torchwood (UK spin-off of Doctor who for adults) - Humans in the modern world using alien technology to investigate/trap/stop other aliens...

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    I'll ditto Firefly for Sci Fi, same goes for Torchwood (awesome series...gettin antsy to watch series two!)

    Fantasy...hard to say as I'm seriously hooked on Shaintar from Talisman Studios...
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    I think the Stargate series would make for an excellent sci-fi setting.
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    What about Modern?

    Brian Lumely's Necroscope, Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

    Just started reading the Fritz Lieber books btw and I'm enjoying them!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MurghBpurn
    What about Modern?

    Brian Lumely's Necroscope, Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

    Just started reading the Fritz Lieber books btw and I'm enjoying them!


    MB
    Ooo...you just hit three of my favourite series of books *drool*

    All of which would make great settings
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat
    I think the Stargate series would make for an excellent sci-fi setting.
    It is Sadly the line was discontinued
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    Oh dear ... discussing books and settings

    The Thomas Covenant stories made a lasting impression on me years ago ... interesting how it is one of the few fantasy worlds that did not spawn an rpg. That said, if you have a copy of the Arcana Evolved to hand ... read some of the class descriptions again and then turn to the front and see who helped Monte create the classes and magic ;-)

    Tad Williams is possibly best known for the Dragon Bone Chair stuff (which I liked) but his lesser known (?) "faerie" novel ("War of Flowers" I think) is beautiful and in parts was very Dunsany-like. A great blend of romance and serious weirdness and a perfect setting for a steam-punk-ish setting. Once you have encountered "the remover of unfortunate obstacles" ... you'll be hooked !

    Fafhred and The Grey Mouser etc were a 2nd Ed D&D setting ... I still have the books but it kinda failed to really catch the "feel". Similarly the "Dying Earth" setting of Jack Vance.

    I'd second Lumley's Necroscope books (he also lives a few doors away from me too) - very imaginative, of course, Iain Bank's scifi setting is pretty unique (anything he writes his good ... Espedair Street, Wasp Factory and of course, the seriously disturbed Complicity).

    For those of a Cuthulu bent (years since I last played), a really evocative book for a Victorian theme is "The Necropolis Railway" which is based on a real railway in London.

    If you liked HBO's Rome and are keen on "sand and sandals" ... please check out HinterWelt's Roma Imperious fantasy setting. The detail is awesome.

    Sigh ... so many settings and books and so little time ... back to work

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