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Saturday, 11th May, 2002, 09:35 PM #1
Novice (Lvl 1)
[OA] Setting Based on India - Resources?
Someone, somewhere on these boards, mentioned that they're playing an Oriental Adventures game set in a Vietnam-like world. I've always had a soft spot for Indian mythology, and I remebered the Mahasarpa campaign James Wyatt tried while playtesting OA. I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for resources I could use to build such a world. I remember a Dragon magazine from a few years back that was themed in such a way, but I have no idea where to go to find it. Any ideas?
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Saturday, 11th May, 2002, 09:41 PM #2
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
You do know the Mahasarpa campaign is available as a web enhancement over at Wizards, right?
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Saturday, 11th May, 2002, 10:58 PM #3
man, i sure wish SJGames would get on the ball and publish GURPS India... i've been hearing mention of it for years, but it hasn't materialized yet.
i think india is a terrific and woefully underutilized setting.
Saturday, 11th May, 2002, 11:00 PM #4
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Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 06:21 AM #5
Mahabharata and Ramayana
You may want to (re)read the Mahabharata and the Ramayana for source material. (By the way, if anyone knows good, readable versions of those works, please recommend them!)
Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 06:29 AM #6
Novice (Lvl 1)
Those Time Life books on history... they will give a good view of the history and customs of historic India.
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Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 07:10 AM #7
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
If you are interested in good source material, I would recommend "Ancient Indian History and Civilization, Trends and Perspectives" by N N Bhattacharyya, South Asia Books 1988.
In fact, as I am looking through the book, I'm starting to think this WOULD be a great setting to play a game in. Hmm...ideas....
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Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 09:07 AM #8
Thaumaturgist (Lvl 9)
I would also suggest some of the tourist guides that are available both as books and on the 'net. You'll be able to use a stack of the pictures of old temples, markets etc... to provide some verisimilitude to your campaign.
Also, the old 2E Legends & Lore (free download from WOTC) had a section on a D&D-ised Indian pantheon.
Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 08:46 PM #9
Out of print. Sigh.If you are interested in good source material, I would recommend "Ancient Indian History and Civilization, Trends and Perspectives" by N N Bhattacharyya, South Asia Books 1988.
Absolutely! It's a bit foreign to most players, but mythic India seems to fit the D&D paradigm quite nicely -- lots of active gods, plenty of magic, brave heroes fighting colorful demons, etc.In fact, as I am looking through the book, I'm starting to think this WOULD be a great setting to play a game in. Hmm...ideas....
Sunday, 12th May, 2002, 08:50 PM #10
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The book 'Shiva 3000' is a great fantasy book, should provide you with lots of inspiration (I especially like the six-armed goonda!).
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