Friday, May 20, 2011

Alternative Resource Material for Fading Suns

My favorite kitchen sink setting is Fading Suns, a game I've mentioned in the past. In addition to having some pretty obvious sources of inspiration (Dune) and some not so obvious sources (Hyperion, Against A Dark Background, Feersum Endjinn, and perhaps "Way of Cross and Dragon"), it's a setting that can lend itself easily to many campaign premises, or even one-shot, change-of-pace adventures.

I've run Fading Suns games inspired by Westerns and Chanbara, suggested long-term plots informed by horror movies, conspiracy tales, and victorian-era comedy of manners vignettes. I've gleefully taken mcguffins from post-human SF and from epic fantasy, and pilfered interesting characters from sources as varied as movies, novels, TV shows, and NPCs from other RPGs.

As Fading Suns 3rd Edition approaches, I think I'll also be starting a series of posts on various RPGs I've taken some stuff from and smushed into the setting somehow (not that hard, there are a lot of adventure hooks that jump out at you as you read various sourcebooks). Only this time, I'll try to be a bit more thoughtful about how I do it!

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