One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” -Hunter S. Thompson

Monday, June 15, 2020

Gygax 75 Challenge Sources

These of the sources for my Gygax 75 Challenge. Technically this post belongs to Week One. At first I wasn't going to post my sources, but I changed my mind. Future blog posts will have tons of spoilers in them anyway so I figured I might as well show my inspirations.

H. P. Lovecraft – Kingsport and Dream Cycle
  • The Terrible Old Man
  • The Festival
  • The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • The Silver Key
  • The Strange High House in the Mist
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
Notes: When I was first thinking about the dungeon I would need to build later on I thought of a mist shrouded city. The dungeon would be a mythic underworld connected to a land of dreams. This would explain the weirdness as one descended deeper into a place where dreams and nightmares gained a stronger foot hold on reality.

Alexandre Dumas
  • The Three Musketeers (Movie and T.V series)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Movie)

Notes: Watching the BBC Three Musketeers was what got me excited about this setting. I have not read the actual novels written by Dumas. But these are two of the many movies that I have seen that provide the basis of inspiration.

Clark Ashton Smith – Averoigne Cycle

  • The End of the Story
  • A Rendezvous in Averoigne
  • The Maker of Gargoyles
  • The Mandrakes
  • The Beast of Averoigne
  • The Holiness of Azedarac
  • The Colossus of Ylourgne
  • The Disinterment of Venus
  • The Mother of Toads
  • The Enchantress of Sylaire
  • The Saytr

Notes: I wanted there to be weirdness beyond Lovecraft in the setting. Because of the French setting the Averoigne cycle seemed to be a perfect fit. 

Tom Moldvay –X2 Castle Amber

Notes: This is a classic D&D module. It also has ties to Clark Ashton Smith and Averoigne. I haven't actually read it but the little I have read about it reminds me of Maure Castle which I think is an amazing dungeon. I figure this should provide some old school inspiration when needed during the creative process. 

All For One – Regime Diabolique 2nd edition 
Savage Worlds
Published 2019 by Triple Ace Games, Paul “Wiggy” Wade Williams

Notes: When I was thinking about swashbuckling musketeer action it occurred to me that savage worlds would probably be perfect for this type of roleplaying. A search lead me to discover this really cool pdf. It basically mashes the musketeers up with some fantasy and horror elements. This should provide a great source of stuff to adapt and use for this project. 


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