Every Wednesday on faruniverse.com we will be talking a look at some of the internets stuff I found to be inspiring throughout the week. These posts will be focused on specific gaming content or things I have found to be interesting or worth a look (usually gaming related). So, here we go…
The Midderlands - An OSR Mini-Setting & Bestiary Kickstarter
From the Midderlands Kickstarter page…
“The Midderlands is an old-school game setting with bestiary for use with old-school role-playing games. It is based on Swords & Wizardry Complete, but could easily be used with other old-school systems and even non-OSR systems such as D&D or Pathfinder.
It is a green-hued, dark-fantasy, late-middle ages, early-renaissance view through grime-smeared spectacles. The setting itself is based on an area in the middle of England near where I live called The Midlands. Many of the locations are loosely based on reality, but others are pure fantasy from an addled mind.”
Ah, the addled mind, something I'm quite familiar with. The Midderland's setting looks weird and quirky. From the KS video and project description, it looks to have a fair bit of darkness woven into the weirdness and a general feeling that something isn't quite right. Quirky and weird and a bit dark... that's something I am totally interested in. That's why I backed this project. I would kind of love to just explore the Midderlands and hopefully in a few months I will get to do just that. I was originally in for a pdf but I think I will go with the hardback as I would really like to sit with the book and explore, preferably while it storms outside or a thick fogs creeps in.
Scooby Doo Background Paintings
I found these Scooby Doo background paintings to be absolutely awesome. In fact, after looking through these and copying a bunch to an art folder I keep for inspiration, I watched a couple episodes of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Honestly, It was hard to get through. I loved it as a kid but the whole thing is on such an absurd level as to not even make sense in its own universe. There has to be a better way to run a scam than pretend you’re a ghost pirate.
Even though the show may be lacking, some of the artwork is awesome and really creates a fantastic atmosphere. Check out some of the images below or go to the blog link in the title. I think these could be used as great visual references for setting the atmosphere during a play session.
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