[Linux4christians] Narnia [OT] [and late]
kaminoheiwa at verizon.net
Sun Dec 18 09:06:06 EST 2005
On Sunday 11 December 2005 02:51 pm, Brian Carpenter wrote:
> The Rings trilogy is fantasy and it is the foundation which ALL of the
> RPG genres is built upon. The LOR created Dungeons and Dragons.
Run for cover - it's another Narnia post!! (Actually I'm just really late
in reading my e-mail - full time work, full time school, and full time
family leaves me little time to read e-mail so I catch up with my lists
about once a week :-)
Anyway, I wanted to jump in and correct this point about D&D, which is
something I actually know a little (OK, a lot) about. D&D was *not* a
child of the Rings trilogy. The original authors of the game have
repeatedly cited the works of sci-fi/fantasy author Jack Vance and Conan
creator Robert E. Howard as their main inspiration, with help from
elements incorporated from European mythology. "Tolkienian" elements like
elves and dwarves exist only to the extent that they exist in the
mythology that both Tolkien and D&D's original authors drew from.
As far as all other RPGs, as D&D was the first they all pay some level of
debt to it as their foundation. Later fantasy oriented games (and RPGs
cover many different genres, not just fantasy) drew more heavily or
lightly from Tolkien than D&D did, depending on the game. Sometimes not
at all, as in the "Pendragon" game (based entirely on the mythological
cycle of King Arthur), or sometimes completely, as in the various games
based directly on "Rings."
And who says expert knowledge about useless topics never comes in handy...?
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