Alistair Langsford @ 2019-10-14 04:32:47
Have just seen this post: https://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.com/2019/10/ex-pat-rogues.html ...I found the premise quite interesting, but the bit toward the end of the post suggesting a campaign set in a blend of cyberpunk, PCs as foreigners outside the norms of local society, in a city such as Shanghai, Adelaide, Zanzibar, or Havana piqued my interest. What if your setting was based on *all* these cities? What 3, 4 or 5 cities could you pick to define your game world, into which you then merged some other ‘secret world’ of some kind. A bit like the idea of a ‘ten monster setting’ that was around a little while ago. Particularly as @Kyani’s post had me thinking a bit recently about cyberpunky and adjacent things. It is actually a technique I used to use with Traveller, and the last 5 year campaign had some of this: I regret that game seems to have naturally wound up before the players got to check out the metropolis based on 1960s tokyo (based on just one or two japanese gangster movies so very definitely not meticulously researched).
Lee Lawrence @ 2019-10-14 12:11:36
Mine would be Rome (as a Republic), Georgian London, present-day New York, and good "old" Neo-Tokyo.
K Yani @ 2019-10-14 12:50:40
Mine would be my first city (old-but-bombed-and-rebuilt European city), Toronto/Ottawa, Hong Kong, Delhi + one from the parts of the world I need research more.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-10-14 13:46:53
Shantaram is the story of an ex-pat-rogue, so Mumbai is a natural for these kind of shenanigans. Hong Kong, because Kowloon Walled City, could also throw James Clavell's Noble House into the mix. And finally Berlin during the Cold War era of the Berlin Wall, because ex-pat-rogues are perfect fodder for spy games, see Atomic Blonde for James McAvoy's portrayal of a spy turned ex-pat-rogue!
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-10-14 20:41:33
Old Shanghai of the 1920s and 1930s was full of ex-pat-rogues!
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-10-15 00:02:15
@Lee - if you leave out Republican Rome, that is almost the Into the Odd world I’m running. “London” is Bastion, to the South, and they’re in the northern ruins. Far North my alternative to Republican Rome is being decided on, but is possibly going to be based on the Frozen Skull parts of Infinigrad from here: http://lizardmandiaries.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-d6-factions-of-frozen-skull.html A friend of mine was telling me about Shantaram: if he still has it maybe I should borrow it and read it - ‘research’ indeed. Like all the other suggestions by the way. Hong Kong reminds me of a whole lot of Chinese gangster/spy movies, so the flipside of Berlin seems perfect. Same coin, very different sides.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-10-15 20:11:36
Fritz Lang's Metropolis with or without a Lovecraftian overlay: https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2012/12/cthulhu-metropolis.html
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-10-16 00:39:30
@mamading - thanks for the link! Have thought in the past of using Metropolis - especially since some old school art often reminds me of the first time I saw Metropolis. This is a great tip, too. I often get trapped into a cycle of overthinking, over-researching: so this summary on elfmaids etc is really good. I should write myself a template (like the famous 20 questions of Jeff Rients) based on any successful template that catches my eye and see what I get when I plug my own thoughts in - such as about any of the cities & things discussed above.
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