Re: [HeroQuest-RPG] Re: Inspirational reading etc. for a Pavis campaign
> Make sure you get hold of the Griselda stories by Oliver Dickinson!Seconded. I took the opportunity to use Treasure Trove Hurbi as an regular
NPC and made use of one of Oliver's famous scenario:
>> What would you include in a Pavis bibliography + cinematography?We used Peter Gabriel's "Rhythm of the Heat" as a theme song, if that
I think you'll have to use a "The Magnificent Seven" scenario at some
point, probably not for Pavis, but certainly for outlying town, perhaps in
an isolated corner of Sun County. The usual great fare by Sergio Leone of
course, and if you want some comic relief, "Straight to Hell".
Hope this helps, Lev
- I think my Pavis is different from most. I've never seen quite the same emphasis on its broken magical nature, or on how the 800 year occupation affects the culture, and how that culture is different from the immigrant culture of New Pavis.
Anything about the siege of Stalingrad.
All of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth books. (Excellent for Glorantha as a whole, really.)
Big Trouble in Little China
Raymond Chandler novels.
I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of them at the moment.
You might find some inspiration for Pavis at http://commonworlds.org
It chronicles my now 12 year long Pavis game.
- For what it is worth, the main books I was reading while I wrote Pavis were:
"The Maltese Falcon" and "The Continental Op" collection by Dashiell Hammett.
"Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy
Oxford History of the American West
Collection of Babylonian stories (Gilgamesh, Descent of Ishtar in the Underworld, etc)
"The French Quarter" and "The Gangs of New York" by Herbert Asbury
The Complete Chronicles of Conan" by Robert E. Howard
"Titus Groan" by Mervyn Peake
"Die Heroen der Griechen" by Karoly Kerenyi
"The Complete Griselda" by Oliver Dickinson
The books may or may not have influenced bits of Pavis, but were certainly circulating around in my head at the time.
> Anything about the siege of Stalingrad.
> All of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth books. (Excellent for Glorantha as a whole, really.)
> Big Trouble in Little China
> Raymond Chandler novels.
> I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of them at the moment.
> You might find some inspiration for Pavis at http://commonworlds.org
> It chronicles my now 12 year long Pavis game.
> Mike Dawson
- Any and all Raymond Chandler.
More generally, focus early on. Pick one major villain for the Heroes, then work out from him/her/it so you understand how the Big Bad controls the people who the Heroes think are the Big Bad. Layers in layers.
Consider whether the Big Events are going to be background or the sorts of things the Heroes will be pulled directly into. If it's the latter, then one of your heroes could be a last Arrowsmith scion, or Argrath of Pavis, or attuned to the Ghost of Genert, or some such.
Also, think hard about whether the game will emphasize New Pavis, Prax, or the Rubble. These are three potentially VERY different settings, with very different feels to the games.
Personally, I encourage you to embrace and extend the great heroic plots for Pavis:
Expulsion of the Lunars and destruction of New Pavis
Rebirth of the Old City
Renaissance of Trade (especially rice/grain from Kralorela to Sartar)
Restoration of Genert
Return to the Green Age and disappearance of Pavis from history
All that said, as I mentioned in earlier posts, my Pavis is much weirder and more magically significant than that described in the Pavis books.