Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Wakshani » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:42 am

Zackzenobi wrote:D'oh!


Writers lurk around here, the sneaky things. Can't trust 'em, donchaknow.

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby TorgHacker » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:45 am

Wakshani wrote:
Zackzenobi wrote:D'oh!


Writers lurk around here, the sneaky things. Can't trust 'em, donchaknow.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby pkitty » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:48 am

ZorValachan wrote:They also have a treaty with Russia now. That changes stuff. It's different than CP "saviors" and PP "hidden" It's "we're allies now". That brings in a lot of potential.

Yes! Exactly. I think one of the coolest things about Tharkold is that it's an obvious invader cosm, with big scary obviously evil demons, and yet it's one where the invadees are working with the invaders in a bizarre cold war situation.

No other cosm is like that. And I think (intentionally or not) a big part of the reason that was able to happen is the high social axiom. (Which is why I'm eagerly awaiting that aspect being explored in the cosmbook.)
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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Greymarch2000 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:28 am

I'm also kind of curious as to the legality of churches in Russia now.

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Zackzenobi » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:26 pm

I'd like to see more about the Resistance. I like to think there hope for the future of Humankind in Tharkold.

I would like to see more about the Mutants. Hoping for Mutant Perks.

I would like to see how magic differs in Tharkold vs Aysle and Cyberpapacy. Someone else asked why magic users were called Acolytes? I too am curious about this.

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Rabbitball » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:35 pm

Wakshani wrote:
Zackzenobi wrote:D'oh!


Writers lurk around here, the sneaky things. Can't trust 'em, donchaknow.


I AM NOT A LURK!! :lol:
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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Zackzenobi » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:44 pm

Me thinks he doth protest too much. :D

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Rabbitball » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:58 pm

But I didn't say what I was...just not a lurk... :lol:
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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby Wakshani » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:09 am

Rabbitball wrote:
Wakshani wrote:
Zackzenobi wrote:D'oh!


Writers lurk around here, the sneaky things. Can't trust 'em, donchaknow.


I AM NOT A LURK!! :lol:


Sounds like what Lurk would say to me!

Even if it was a Lurk disguised as a rabbit...

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Re: Things you'd like to know about Tharkold

Postby mathey » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:13 am

I'd honestly given so much thought to the Blasted Land stuff that I didn't think much about the large sections of the realm that are "civilized" or at least mostly intact.

I find it a little hard to mentally detach the James Cameron bits from '90s Los Angeles in my mind's eye as I try to visualize the urban parts of Tharkold. The big shiny skyscrapers and shadowy alleys, big orange sunsets, dusty reservoirs - you know, Cameron stuff. Its not that there cannot be compelling replacements to be found, I just don't quite know what they are yet. Like, Metro 2033 and STALKER and Mad Max give plenty of examples of the feel of the Blasted Land, but are there East European techno-horror things for reference for the city-states? Is Geiger a big reference point, as the stela image suggests?

I do wonder what demon-occupied Russia feels like, day-to-day for most people. Is it akin to the weird "alien overlord" setting of Half-Life 2, all military checkpoints and reminders who(m?) you serve? If the Barker-y and Terminator-y things are still present, those oligarchs are gonna be into some gnarly shit behind closed doors. I worry a bit about seeing Too Many Tharkoldu making them seem a bit disposable, but I can see why you'd want them to be front and center for adventures as adversaries.

Speaking of which, I'm sure this is being covered, but I do hope they have some wild minions in addition to the Thralls, Ghuls and drones. With the Russian government complicit in their rule, I imagined they share resources and forces - Hind helicopters flying escort for Thrall patrols, satellite imagery guiding warlords vying for territory not claimed by their rivals....

And, listen, I like "ex-FSB Bratva bad guys" as much as anybody, but I'd like to get to know the broader demographic of Russia's people that Americans like me honestly don't know much at all. It needn't be a detailed study or anything - enough to give the flavor and feel a little more nuanced than the generic stereotypes.


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