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Oh shit! An update! [Oct. 27th, 2008|12:26 pm]
Karlski
Well, sort of.

I'm working on the seed of a D&D 4th ed campaign (or some other game system yet to be named, but shut up) but a slightly different take on the concept. My idea is a campaign set mostly (if not entirely) in a large city. For the history buffs, London in the 18th century. For the fantasy buffs, Ankh-Morpork. Lots of political intrigue, diplomacy, thieving, assassination, wenching, merchants, spying and alchymickal discoveries.

Anyone got ideas for source material? For that matter, anyone got recommendations for game systems other than D&D?

(Incidentally, I realise that there are about four people that read my livejournal and I live with three of them, so do pass this request for comment on to others who may have an answer.)
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[User Picture]From: phred_has_sonar
2008-10-27 06:24 am (UTC)
If you can track down a copy, I would suggest Castle Falkenstein (by R Talsorian Games). The setting is pretty much everything you want, only replace 'wenching' with 'courting', and 'alchymickal discoveries' with 'Victorian age steampunk'
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From: hyperglavin
2008-10-27 06:59 am (UTC)
You should put a dinosaur in there somewhere. Dinosaurs are awesome.
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[User Picture]From: karlski
2008-10-27 07:02 am (UTC)
That's a stupid...

actually, no, that's an awesome idea. The royal society analog at the museum/university brings back a caged dinosaur from a far-off jungle which inevitably breaks loose and unleashes hell and it's down to the player characters to stop it.
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From: hyperglavin
2008-10-27 12:16 pm (UTC)
Or a steampunk robot built around an old tyrannosaurus fossil breaks loose from the Great Exposition and unleashes hell and it's down to the player characters to stop it.

That way you also get robots, which are also awesome.
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[User Picture]From: karlski
2008-10-27 12:17 pm (UTC)
Robots are awesome but getting a little difficult to justify, since this is pre-steam era by about forty years.
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From: hyperglavin
2008-10-27 12:18 pm (UTC)
I just decided that the past sucks.
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[User Picture]From: karlski
2008-10-27 12:19 pm (UTC)
You tell them, dude.
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[User Picture]From: Alastair Irvine [id.au]
2008-10-27 12:21 pm (UTC)
Frank says: Savage Worlds, by Pinnacle.
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[User Picture]From: idle_hans
2008-10-31 04:57 am (UTC)
Drawn from Real Life™
Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood

Bodysnatching for dissection at medical schools. All the rage at the time you know.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body-snatching

The Kray Brothers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kray_brothers

The Profumo Scandal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profumo_Affair

Some "tried and true" elements from fiction:

-A series of homicides, "revenge killings" by revenants, raised from the dead to right a wrong.

- The Iron Bridge over the River Severn in Shropshire collapses during an earthquake, thereby stalling the Industrial Revolution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Bridge)

- Charles Darwin is murdered by religious zealots, heralding in a New Dark Age.

- A Device of Unknown Origin appears in a London sewer, several more are found and eventually turn out to be probes sent to earth from Mars years prior to the War of the Worlds.

-The newly formed United States, having won its independence from Great Britan, start amphibous landings off the coast of Cornwall. Seeking retribution, they capture Royal Navy Vessels and sail up the Thames and start shelling Parliament House.

And if all else fails, there is always The Pizza Dimensions.
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[User Picture]From: karlski
2008-10-31 05:17 am (UTC)
I like all these ideas and will probably shamelessly steal them.
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