Why would we want them to stick Mahasarpa in the Forgotten Realms?
Whatever WotC does with an East Asian fantasy supplement, it needs to not be Japan-centric at the expense of all other East Asian cultures like the earlier Oriental Adventures books and Rokugan were. Stop trying to shoehorn samurai and ninja into everything.
Why does it need to do that?
Or it's like doing a tour of Lichenstein and visiting Lichenstein. Most of "fantasy Europe" is actually "fantasy England" and that's fine. I mean, when's the last time your fantasy Europe included anything like Albania or Hungary? There's nothing wrong with basing your fantasy East mostly on Japan.
Or it's like doing a tour of Lichenstein and visiting Lichenstein.
Most of "fantasy Europe" is actually "fantasy England" and that's fine. I mean, when's the last time your fantasy Europe included anything like Albania or Hungary?
There's nothing wrong with basing your fantasy East mostly on Japan.
Because otherwise it's like going on a "tour of Europe", but you only actually go to Lichtenstein.
If you do an East Asian fantasy supplement, and only focus on one culture—you're not doing an East Asian fantasy supplement, you're just doing a supplement of that one culture. That's boring and disingenuous. Not to mention, it's falling short of the inherent potential of covering China and other East Asian cultures.
Yes, quite assertively it is.No, it most assertively is not.
Yeah, yeah... Hajnal Line High Medieval Europe with a handful of other things thrown in as afterthoughts here and there.Azzy said:More like Western Europe—from Itallian citystates like the City of Greyhawk and Waterdeep, to Hundred Years War England and France, the Holy Roman Empire, Vikings, etc. Plus, we even get non-European influences from the Middle East, plus civilisations from antiquity, like the Romans, Celts, Egypt, Mesopotamia, etc. Then there's a whole slew of non-historical/non-mythological things like tieflings, dragonborn.
Only if you're more interested in China than in Japan. What you call "being a hack" is exactly what you describe for regular European fantasy; but for some reason you demand more from Oriental Adventures.Azzy said:Yeah? If you want it to be a hack. We've gotten that twice already (with both Oriental Adventures), it was boring and not well done. It's time to move on and a take a broader brush and give a smorgasboard to let DMs make the most of their East-Asian inspired campaigns rather than a narrow focus on a single culture that had only a limited impact on other cultures around them. I mean, if you had to go mono-cultural, you'd think that China would be your goto considering how much impact that it had on surrounding cultures and the wealth of history it brings.
I love Kara-Tur, and there is nothing offensive about it being called "Oriental" Adventures (that's an American silliness). Living in London, the UK, I have met many people that insist on being called Oriental, as opposed to Asian, as they don't want to be associated with Indians and Pakistani.
I have no problem being associated with Indians and Pakistanis or Filipinos (though most North Americans do not think of Indians or Pakistanis as being Asian), but the usage of "Oriental" in North America in my view, is the equivalent of "Negro" when referring to other people, it's not necessarily an offensive term but it's a dated one.