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"Tekumel/Empire of the Petal Throne--SF, Fantasy, or Horror?" Topic


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Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 10:56 p.m. PST

Considering the complex makeup and backstory, how would you classify this gaming venue?

mikeda30 Apr 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

Over on the od&d message boards people who played with the professor says alll magic is actually advance science so sci-if horror. Me personally feel it's all three rolled into one.

MHoxie01 May 2017 1:25 a.m. PST

Science-Fantasy. Sro (dragon equivalents) can fly by flapping their wings, for example. I think Carl Sagan referred to similar settings as the "sword and small spaceship" genre.

Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 1:52 a.m. PST

Definitely all three together.

altfritz01 May 2017 3:54 a.m. PST

Fantasy, with (hidden) sci/fi core. Horror? I guess that would be up to the GM.

wminsing Inactive Member01 May 2017 6:52 a.m. PST

I agree, it is a delightful melange of all three.

-Will

TeknoMerk01 May 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

Fantasy with a bit of old science.

The Tekumel backstory is that the system was a Terran colony with some alien presence. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the whole system fell in to a dimensional rift and was cut off from Terra. Then everyone adjusted and changed when technology stopped working through disuse/neglect. The planet was metal poor.

Personal logo Mutant Q Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

I consider it science fantasy, especially if you add in what Prof. Barker called "Graduate Level Tekumel" (e.g. the Men In The Silver Suits, the College At The End of Time, the Twin Columns, etc.). From there you can make of it what you want. If you prefer the more "magical" elements of the setting, it becomes fantasy. If you want to delve into the technology of the Ancients, it become more sci-fi. If you're interested in the darker aspects of Pavar's Pantheon, the Inimical Races, and the Pariah Deities, then you can certain add horror elements.

Dave Crowell02 May 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

All three are present in the setting. Flavour your Tekumel to suit your own taste.

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