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Subject: How does the backstory play out? rss

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Jon Karlsson
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So, as I understand it the first scenario starts in historical medieval Europe, and then it gets more and more fantastic, while still being medieval Europe. How? Does anyone want to describe to me how they work the fantasy into the story? (Scenario by scenario, preferably.)
 
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Paul DeStefano
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It isn't this Earth, its Uchronia or some such.
 
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Emile de Maat
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Geosphere wrote:
It isn't this Earth, its Uchronia or some such.

It is Europe, however, with the English fighting the French. It is an alternate history (Uchronia). The scenario book suggests that it all has happened, but got forgotten in time.

The fantasy elements are introduced into the scenarios one at a time: first the goblins, then the dwarves, wizards, giant spider and the rest of the lore masters. There is no explanation on how these things come to be; they've always existed, and the narrator is not surprised to encounter them.

The only interesting link is that Iron Dwarves who help the French are Scottish, which matches the French-Scottish link in real history.

 
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Mark McEvoy
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Forgive me if this is a historically ignorant question, but aren't there some battles in this adventures booklet that are fought with/in Spain? I thought I saw "Don Pedro the Cruel", I thought I saw a battle in Castile.
 
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The conflicts play out in an alternative Hundred Years' War. Politics were more dynastic than national during this period (the sense of England or France as a "nation" was still developing). So it is a bit inaccurate to describe it as the English fighting the French - all sorts of peoples got involved from all over Europe. There were serious conflicts ranging from Scotland to North Africa, Spain to Switzerland and Poland to Italy. There were two Popes (at Avignon and at Rome), the Byzantine Empire was still just about hanging on and there were various Muslim states from Spain and all the way along North Africa and the Middle East up to modern-day Turkey. Most of the fighting took place in France, Italy and Spain, but there were major battles in just about every country in Europe plus various crusades PLUS widespread brigandage by "free companies". So they could set adventures just about anywhere without straining the "historical" credibility one bit.

 
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William Gaskill
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I hope DoW will flesh out this alternative Europe with
some real background & a Campaign generation system.

The base game includes goblins that are English allies that
in fact were Spanish(my wife who is Spanish was not amused when I pointed this outshake)but their dressed as Moors.Its a small thing
to an excellent game but give us some background.

DoW has stated that BattleLore is set in a definite time & place,
they didn't intend it to be a generic system for fighting Fantasy Battles so they need to get the background out.

 
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