Comments on 2020-01-31 EDO Fantasy (Elves Dwarves Orcs)

Thanks for this.

Anonymous 2020-01-31 23:59 UTC


Ha, I love that EDO description. My campaign world and game sounds much like your description, vanilla D&D Tolkien, made flavourful and appetising through the creativity of play and interaction. I’ll respond to your list of questions in the comments of your other post.

– Glenn 2020-02-01 00:39 UTC


“The act of participating, of actively influencing the shared imaginary events at hand is what elevates the campaign from boring EDO fantasy to the greatness that is role-playing games.”

But that’s the whole point! As I wrote in a recent worldbuilding article:

“Conversely, the Standard Fantasy Setting exists for a reason. Don’t try to make your fantasy races different for the sake of “being original”. By the time you’re done explaining how your totally-not-elves aren’t like Legolas or Drizzt Do’Urden, your readers will be long asleep.”

It’s not forced originality that makes a fantasy world come to life. It’s the characters. Wish I had understood that sooner, like Gene Roddenberry did when he made a boring space elf into one of the most iconic and beloved fictional characters ever created.

Felix 2020-02-01 13:26 UTC


We both agree on what the point is. But reading about campaigns in the blogs is the very thing that omits the point. And that, in turn, is the other point I’m trying to make: when somebody writes about their setting, we (you know, the theoretical “we”) judge it by the originality of the setting because we aren’t participating in the game, and then we end up valuing, talking about, buying, and emulating the original setting without considering whether our game is improved. And thus, if any of my readers – me included – feels sad because of their unoriginal campaign, then we need reminding that this is not the point. Which is where we started. And even if nobody else needs reminding, I know I need this reminder from time to time.

Standard Fantasy Setting is a painful eye opener, haha. And when I say “painful” then that is just another reminder that I need the reminder. 🙂

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-01 16:15 UTC


That’s funny, because in my experience settings that try the hardest to be original also manage to be the most uninteresting, just a parade of gratuitous weirdness that tells me nothing at all. Troika gets points for style, but otherwise to me it’s a big “so what?” And most aren’t nearly that good.

Felix 2020-02-01 17:31 UTC


For a few years after discovering the wider blogosphere I felt the same way. It took some time for me to realise I prefer the more grounded settings with the occasional weirdness, even though I immensely enjoy reading about those crazy worlds of others.

Ynas Midgard 2020-02-07 08:07 UTC


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