Friday, August 11, 2017

Interests and inspirations

To kind of segue from my last post about the fantasy world I've been puttering around with, I figured it would help out if I categorized/listed out long-running interests and inspirations. I'm not sure if this is actually a thing that people do to help get their brain juices flowing, but I suspect it can't hurt and it helps me feel like I'm accomplishing something.

Beyond the obvious, generic interests (hard science fiction, cyberpunk, fantasy, horror, etc.) I've long been fascinated by:
  • Geomancy
  • Megaliths and "places of power"
  • Prehistoric religion
  • Glyphs/sigils/etc.
  • Post apocalypse/collapse
  • What I can only call "alternative cosmographies". Think not just the Mythos, but things like Hellraiser or Nightbreed, as well as elements of Gnosticism, Kabbalah, etc.
There's a sense of the mystery and the unknown (or unknowable) running that list, and it makes it easy to see why I'm attracted to the RPGs that I am, such as Tribe 8. The Ryhope Wood books by Robert Holdstock - Mythago Wood, Lavondyss, and others - rank among my all time favorites.

Some if these elements are going to make their way into the setting I've been working on, in some way. I'm still balancing uniqueness/variety with familiarity - I want something that feels new, without being so alien that people can't connect to the setting. Coupled with my newfound interest in more late modern/Industrial revolution for settings as opposed to standard medieval fantasy settings, and I think I can strike that balance.