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Rotundo15 Sep 2022 2:38 p.m. PST

I am watching Rings of Power, House of Dragons, and The Witcher. Which world would you want to live in if you had to choose. I think I go Tolkien. A little nicer on the whole.My last choice is Westeros. Life is cheap in that place.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian15 Sep 2022 5:27 p.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2022 6:42 p.m. PST

Hands down Tolkien – I have also watched all three; not a GoT/House of Dragons fan; Martin specializes in showing people at their worst – in contrast Tolkien has a lot of optimism (and, of course, Dwarfs!)

Mr Elmo16 Sep 2022 3:48 a.m. PST

What social strata are we talking?

Do I live in Fleabottom or as a subsistence farmer in the Shire?

Rotundo16 Sep 2022 7:18 a.m. PST

Mr. Elmo, I went with the fact I am an average joe in the U.S. So, I expect I would be nothing special in thier worlds. I work with my hands, city born, moved to the burbs. I am me just in thier world.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2022 7:20 a.m. PST

Current TV does nothing for me. Maybe a little less than that.

For a fantasy world to live in, Middle Earth followed by Diskworld. It's a close call.

For a science fiction world, Leigh Brackett's Mars, with the Hub for second choice.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2022 10:22 a.m. PST

Tolkien for me too.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Sep 2022 1:44 p.m. PST

Which one has the best pay and benefits for VLSI microchip designers?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2022 2:40 p.m. PST

Brooding. Truth is, you'd have to throw in an age reset as part of the deal. Otherwise, I'd probably die of old age before I got everything put away again. (OK, in Westeros, I'd die violently and dreadfully. It's the same basic problem.) But for vacation…

The University of Wisconsin at Madison. Not as it is--they wouldn't let a known conservative/libertarian past the gates, and we wouldn't want to be let in--but the improved future version in Clifford Simak's Goblin Reservation.

Rivendell in the time of Bilbo Baggins.

Oxford between the Wars, as Sayers described it in Gaudy Night. Call that one a fantasy version--Oxford not as it was, but as it should have been.

The Billiards Club, either side of the Second World War. It's cold and foggy out, but inside the club, the fire's lit, the chairs are comfortable and Jorkens is just starting a story. Fantasy? SF? Adventure? Mystery? No telling with Jorkens.

The Host Resort during a convention, c. 1995. A little shabby but still comfortable, and if the carpet is a little worn, it's still beautiful. Someone's playing a piano in the Lobby, and everyone there's a friend. Call it the Twilight Zone version: there's a strong feel of Tim Riley's Bar about the whole thing.

Lots of nice places to go as long as you don't mean to stay. As Robert Mitchum explained to John Wayne "we just don't want your kind around here."

Zephyr116 Sep 2022 3:00 p.m. PST

I don't think they'd let me in. I'd be starting up a mortar & grenade arms industry before too long… evil grin

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2022 7:49 a.m. PST

Hyboria, live the Frazetta paintings.
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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2022 12:50 p.m. PST

live the Frazetta paintings

It would have to come with a year gym membership and and all hills paid (so I could work out for a living), then an age reset (maintaining physical form), then transport to RE Howard's Conan world. :)

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2022 4:44 p.m. PST

I think eto's about covered it. But as with Westeros, you'd have to adopt Amalric's motto of "a short life and a merry one." They're places with some of the shortest adult life expectancies on record, and death by edged weapon, sorcery and dragon fire are rated as "natural causes."

CPBelt17 Sep 2022 7:28 p.m. PST

We often have this discussion at home. Narnia is the clear winner. I guess that's because we're born again Christians.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Sep 2022 5:12 a.m. PST

death by edged weapon, sorcery and dragon fire are rated as "natural causes."

Hehehe … INLGames has done some custom negotiation card games for organizations (they are a nice structured first step to get people unfamiliar with role playing into a better roleplaying training experience, as well as better learning modality for some things than free roleplaying is). I feel the urge to make a fantasy version of insurance negotiations now …

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Sep 2022 5:25 a.m. PST

Narnia is the clear winner.

Counting on not being a minotaur, wolf, etc. ..?

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2022 9:11 p.m. PST

Tolkien for me. Far more optimistic than GoT, which made me ill to watch. Never made it past the first season. Never saw/read The Witcher. Narnia would be great as well.

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2022 2:10 a.m. PST

Tolkien for sure. Not even close.

arthur181520 Sep 2022 4:09 a.m. PST

Tolkien if I must choose a Fantasy world.
But I would really prefer to live in the London of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, as imagined by Arthur Conan Doyle, or the world of Hercule Poirot, as imagined by Agatha Christie.

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