Dragons in WWII? Still pretty fucking epic!

Hey folks. So look, here’s the deal…

I know this is a new blog and it’s kind of early to have half assed posts, but you’re getting one because non rpg related stuff in my life has kind of taken front and center recently. I have not thought of a topic to blog about this week.

I’ve had some folks express interest in last weeks D&D campaign idea, which was suprising because that post too was kind of half assed. To be perfectly honest, that wasn’t originally a campaign idea, but an idea I had awhile ago for a TV show. I thought it would be cool to see a nature show on mythological creatures as if they were real, and the one image that stuck with me was dragons in WWII, so I basically stole that from myself.

I don’t want that one campaign idea to dominate this blog, because this blog is meant to be about RPGs in general, but as I have nothing else, I’m going to talk about that again.

As you may have seen in my very first post, I actually don’t have a ton of experience with D&D, so I need to do a fair amount of research into it, also into real history, before I blend the two together. Also, I need to decide which edition of D&D to make this for. I most familiar with 3.5, but that’s now basically to editions behind. I may go pathfinder, we’ll see.

Anyway, here are some nebulous thoughts about the whole thing:

  • Since we’re going modern fantasy in terms of races and monsters and magic and such, I’m thinking go big or go home. To that end, I’m contemplating making this world geocentric. Like, scientists have proven that this world is the center of it’s universe, and the sun is an orbiting object.
  • Most of the countries in this world will belong to a single large continent, similar to real world Eurasia.
  • The history of this world will probably be divided into three or for ages, kind of like Tolkien’s stuff. History is still very up for grabs, but the basic idea is that the various races held their own territories for most of the world’s history until the end of the previous age/beginning of the current age, when trade and conquest began intermingling people. In other words, there’s still a “dwarf country” and a “human country”, but in the present those countries have members other races that have been born or assimilated into those cultures.
  • This world will have many different kinds of Elves with countries/cultures more or less corresponding to real life asian countries, except the Drow, who will be this world’s answer to Nazi Germany.
  • The Dwarves’ country will have been the leaders of this world’s industrial revolution, and will be a big player in the global war, and will have a history of large scale imperial expansion (a la England).
  • Goblins will hail from an equatorial area. Most other races have historically looked down on goblins, so they were commonly enslaved. So yeah, goblin land is this world’s Africa.
  • Orcs come from a land separate from the “Eurasia”, in some way; possibly a mountain range or they could be from another continent (I’m leaning towards the former). They’ve never been truly isolated (much of the world’s history has concerned itself with conflicts with orcs) but until comparatively recently they’ve had their own land to themselves. Then the Halflings came…
  • Unlike everyone else, the Halflings have been mainly nomadic, not possesing their own territory for most of history. But as the world became more industrialized and connected, and as the other powers began to expand, the Halflings began running out of places to go. Eventually, most of the Halfling clans decided to unite and find themselves a country. Since nobody likes Orcs, they decided to take over the Orc country which, with help from the Dwarves, they successfully did a few centuries ago. Orc country is now Halfling country, and the Orcs themselves have faced near extinction from war and disease, and have become second class citiziens of what most of them still feel to be their land. That’s right, Orcs are this world’s Native Americans, Halflings are the U.S., and as you can expect the Halflings have been a big player in the Goblin slave trade. Or they were. Slavery was abolished a while ago, and Goblins in Halfling country have legal rights, but they still aren’t being treated very well.
  • The Humans have been very isolationist for a long time, but have sided with the Dwarves and Halflings to fight the Drow, Elves, and Gnomes (Gnomes are Italy ’cause a friend suggested it and I liked the sound of a Gnomish Pope). Until recently, most other nations haven’t paid attention to the Humans, but those who have usually learn, as the Drow are now, that it’s almost impossible to invade Human country… unless you are the Wild Elves.
  • And somewhere in all of this will be Dragons I promise.

So there, weekly posting goal met. This post is no doubt riddled with typos. I don’t care. Fun fact, creating that link above to a joke most of you probably won’t get took almost as much time as the rest of this post.

Anyway, I’d like to hear anybody’s ideas for this campaign, but keep in mind that I have a very full plate right now so don’t expect progress to be regular, let alone weekly. Also, please leave ideas in comments here, not in Facebook or Google+.

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