Friday, July 22, 2005

[Chorus] Creation Myths

DexCon follow-up #2

Luke and Tony(?) talked at DexCon about setting material in games, and how arbitrarily lame and useless it is that every single (note: hyperbole) book starts with the world's creation myth, which is usually:
1) held as fact
2) less interesting than any existing creation myth
3) doesn't come up in actual play at all

And, really, that is so worthless. In terms of a setting appreciation book, it's okay but a little cliche. In terms of role-playing games, we need setting for play, and this isn't providing it.

And yet I really shouldn't throw stones. Chorus will have a creation myth or two in the book. Indeed, the mythology and cosmology of the World from Chorus is one of its most important points.

For a certain sort of protagonist, the game is exactly about enacting and creating myths. And so the book will be full of myths. Bursting with stories, I hope, about the red-hatted girl and the wolf the saved her, about the king who hunted his own people, about the woman who married a cow, about the man who loved the sea, about the king who made war on death, about the slave-queen of Omelas and the lady of the North, about love, death, politics, the devil, the sun, that famine where your brother died, the lord of light blessed-be-he, and the deep blue sea. And, yes, it will have a creation myth. It starts like this.

Once, long ago, before the world began, before what began the world began, and just as what began to begin the world began, a man and a woman lived together in a little house at the edge of the mind, and they loved each other very much. The woman's name was Original Darkness and the man's name was Flash of Insight.

3 Comments:

Blogger J. Andrew said...

I agree- Lame, fucking lame.

The only time I like World Creation Fiction at the beginning of the game is if it's in 1-3 sentences (or better yet, a poem), on an all-blank black or white page, as the introductory page to the introduction chapter.

It's like a cookie. A Setting Cookie. Something light to nosh on as you continue reading what the game's about.

-Andy

12:21 AM  
Anonymous TonyLB said...

I agree with what was said. But I don't think it was me, unless I've forgotten.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

It was Judd and Luke.

yrs--
--Ben

8:19 PM  

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