Posts Tagged ‘rpg’
Posted this over on G+, thought I’d share them here too, in case anyone (other than my few select viewers) reads this blog :)
The two smaller maps are going to be mini-adventures, on blank cards, that I intend to post to some people. If anyone wants one, let me know. The larger map I intend to use as the basis for the One-Page Dungeon competition.
I quite like these. My mapping skills are improving me thinks.
I like elves. Specifically, I like the elves of Middle-earth, and in particular I like the fact that they were truly immortal; even their deaths merely meant they would be reborn back into the elven race [if I remember the Silmarillion correctly).
Most RPGs have elves as a long-lived race, but rarely are they truly immortal. I can’t recall the maximum ages of all the elves I’ve come across, but I know that in ACKS they have a maximum of roughly 200 years or so; but I much prefer elves as being this immortal race, that reach certain adult perfection and then never age, and are immune to normal diseases, dying only as a result of their wounds, if such are inflicted. For my next campaign, whenever and wherever that is, I want elves to be an immortal race– or at least a race that used to be immortal– because that is much more fascinating and interesting that simply a race that lives a generation or two longer than humans.
Imagine what a race like that would be like. How would it affect their progress? Slow it down? Allow them to achieve great accomplishments because they have the time to discover new technologies, to indulge lengthy research and experimentation? Would such a race eventually become corrupt, their egos overinflated by their obvious superiority over short-lived races, and would they use their superiority and long lives to conqueror other races, perhaps mistakenly thinking that they are doing them a favour?
Would their cities expand until they enveloped wide regions, spanning continents, but built in harmony with the natural world?
I would also like to have elves less inclined to arcane power, and more linked to divine power. Clerics rather than mages. I’d argue that Tolkien’s elves would be better suited as clerics anyhow, since they are closer to the ‘gods’ and many dwelt with or close to them. At least that’s one way to look at them.
I also like the idea of the elven race being less ‘good-guys’ and more the ‘bad-guys’ of a story. The corrupted elves. Maybe cursed too, by the gods, by other races, by their own misused powers.
I have an idea of Blighted Elves, corrupted by too much power, mutated and warped in body and mind. Also, Burning or Shining Ones, an idea I keep coming back to, which would be elves that have consumed so much power that they are literally burning up from the inside, their life-spans drastically reduced as a result. Elves that once had a vast empire that has since fallen into ruin; elves that enslaved the other races, until those races broke free by rebelling and fighting back; elves that stole their power from the gods, reducing these divine beings to mortals– albeit powerful mortals– and trapping that power, tapping into it to fuel the elves own magic.
Elves that vanished. Elves that are coming back, and bringing an eternal winter with them. Why? No idea. It just sounds interesting.
Anyway, I like elves, and I want to use them in more interesting ways than I used to.
Next Time: I Like Halflings!
Maps, especially hand-drawn ones, seem to be making the rounds on G+ at the moment. Thought I’d join in a bit with some of my more recent maps, taken from my– currently on-hold, perhaps permanently– City of Bones campaign.
Here is a collection of hand-drawn maps, from my notebook of maps and adventure notes (some of which you can see on the pages):
And here is a map of the city itself that I put together using Inkscape, which is how I do most of my maps, simply because my main gaming is on-line via Map Tools, and it is easier to create a suitable map on the computer than draw one, tidy it up, and make sure it fits with the software.
And, to finish off this somewhat lazy post, here are some other maps from the past couple of years: