Friday, November 30, 2012

Stats, stats, stats

If there's an individual who can challenge Gygax in the title for Most Influential, I would argue for Tolkien.

Despite the former's apparent disdain for the latter, the author's works informed and defined fantasy roleplaying, in particular my own early games, in a way which precious few other can claim.

Yes, there are others whose names loom large in Appendix N, but in high fantasy games, at least, Tolkien reigns.

To that end, I found this supremely interesting.

Should it be used as a concrete guide for worldbuilding? Nah. But it's frakk'n neat.

1 comment:

  1. Gotta agree. He's the father of modern fantasy & the grandfather of fantasy rpgs. It's his version of elves, dwarves, and hobbits/halflings you see today. Not the germanic/Celtic versions he used for vague inspiration. Dnd may have started close to Conan but it switched to Tolkien real damn quick.
    As an odd side note I seem to recall reading that Tolkien actively avoided writing female characters b/c he didn't feel he could do the female psyche justice. Couldn't back that up though... Been far too long since I've researched the man.