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#1 Diabolical_Jazz

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:21 AM

So, setting is pretty integral to fantasy.
Which fantasy setting is your favorite and why?

Or, if you can't decide on a favorite, just pick a setting and say what you like or don't like about it.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:36 AM

One strange one worth mentioning is the setting for the in-browser game Echo Bazaar.

It's a strange, semi-Victorian, underground purgatory, where death is generally a temporary state. It is populated primarily by humans, but also by squid people similar to D&D's Illithid, and devils, and other, more mysterious creatures.
Despite sounding pretty dark, it's got a strong whimsical streak. Especially because death is temporary. People murder each other and then go home and have tea. It gets pretty entertaining.

I also just have to give it credit for being different from any other setting I've encountered.
They were going to make a tabletop RPG for it, for a while, but that fell through. v_v
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:44 AM

That sounds like a game I'd be interested in.

I like the medieval/steampunk settings, especially the darker themed ones myself. Games like final fantasy where you get to fly around on an airship, but still have to fight a dragon with a sword. I'm trying to think of other similar games, I know I've owned them, but it currently slips my mind. I'll update this if I remember them.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:50 AM

echobazaar.failbettergames.com/


It's a pretty fun game, for *some* reason. :lol:
I say this because I normally *hate* games that resemble Mafia Wars. But something about Echo Bazaar is pretty compelling.

Yeah, steampunk gets pretty fun! =D I find that I don't generally gel with settings that set out to be steampunk, though. I usually prefer the ones that are steampunk by accident.
I'm not sure why it is, but I also really enjoy when they use swords despite having some more advanced technology. Perhaps it's just the variety?
The setting for Full Metal Alchemist is kinda like that too.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:08 AM

Thanks.

Yeah, I'm the same way, some stuff can be really overdone. One steampunk thing I like a lot though is the keyboard from Warehouse 13.

Even if it's not technically steampunk, I like that old industrial feel as well.

Full Metal Alchemist is by far my favorite anime, I love the way alchemy and technology are mixed, and again the fact that they use swords and such when guns are available.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:50 PM

My favorite setting is the kind Dresden Files and nWoD are in.

Supernatural fantasy sci-fi (I guess) ;)
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:29 PM

Haven't watched Warehouse 13 yet, but I've heard good things!
But yeah, I like that too. Dieselpunk and just general old-industrial-style stuff is pretty great too. In fact, I enjoy it more than steampunk lately, if only because steampunk has exploded a little bit in the past couple years. (Like a faulty boiler, eh wot? ~chortle~ )

Fullmetal Alchemist is probably my third favorite anime. Just after Cowboy Bebop and Darker than Black. But yeah, it has this feel where it just seems totally normal to use swords alongside guns.

I still haven't gotten around to reading the Dresden Files, and I watched one or two episodes of the show before deciding I really ought to read the books. But hell yes in regard to nWoD. I'm especially a fan of Werewolf and Changeling. Their settings give me a huge thematic boner. They really hold up to scrutiny, while still having a great broad aesthetic.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:51 PM

It's a pretty good show, a bit corny at times, but an interesting series none the less.
The place I work at has an old fab shop, I'm always in there messing with the old stuff laying around, it's awesome.

I like Cowboy Bebop as well, probably tied with Trigun for second place.I've never heard of Darker than Black though, is there a dubbed version?
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:48 PM

Oh dude, yeah, that sounds like it'd be an amazing place to work!
I work at a seaport/museum, and we have a lot of really old equipment, as well as old marine engines for display. I kinda take it for granted sometimes, but it's amazing. Oh man, they had an old radial engine from a landing craft or somesuch. It was so loud that you could hear it on the other side of town. I was standing right next to it and it was like having someone use your chest as a bass drum. It belched smoke so thick you couldn't see within five feet of it when it first started,
and it used about a gallon of fuel in fifteen seconds. XD

Darker than Black season 1 is amazing. Season 2 is... not to my liking. >_> It gets weird in a bad way.
But yes, there's a dubbed version. You should go for subbed if you can, though. There's some dialogue that is AMAZING in the subbed version that gets butchered in English.

There's a part where the main character, who is basically Batman with Pikachu powers, sneaks up behind a villain who just murdered someone, and the villain is smiling, and in the original version he says, "Wipe that grin off your face" and he puts his hand on the guy's head and cooks him.
The dubbed version said, "What are you smiling about?"

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:18 PM

That sounds awesome. I've always been into boats and such. My dad was actually a landing craft pilot in the navy, they seem like bad assboats. >.>

I'm the computer guy for an industrial maintenance and construction company, a lot of what they do is repair plans in the houston area. Some of the stuff they pull out of them is from the 1920's and it's always really cool to see what gets brought back. I think the shop itself was built in the '50's as well, so there's some pretty interesting tools around.

I can't watch subs. my mind gets distracted trying to read text while they talk in a different language. It sucks that stuff gets lost though, I know that happens in a lot of shows.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:40 PM

I love the Final Fantasy games because the settings are so beautiful. Steampunk is cool but a bit industrial for me, I like landscape and open areas - Final Fantasy rules :)

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

I like a mixed bag, bit of technology thrown in never hurts.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:13 PM

Any examples?
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:40 PM

Just take God of War on the PS2, which is a straightforward, greek mythology style action game... and then there is this giant mechanical bull. I like such stuff.
Or take the new Thundercats show, best example.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:00 PM

Ah, yeah I gotcha.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:05 PM

steam punk
or medival

futuristic is meh
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:56 AM

I still haven't gotten around to reading the Dresden Files, and I watched one or two episodes of the show before deciding I really ought to read the books.


DON'T YOU EVER WATCH THAT SHOW AGAIN, FORGET IT AND FORGET EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.

SURGICALLY REMOVE THAT PORTION OF YOUR BRAIN BEFORE CONTINUING TO THE BOOKS. Then enjoy :)
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:36 AM

Oh dump the characters into a pit of foreign land. Make sure there are amazingly weird creatures that will kill them, kill the all, and I'll watch it.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:11 AM

You're a sadist. :P
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:56 PM

Oh thank you my dear Spleen. I don't really get attached to the characters, unless their actually bad ass, which frankly movies lack a lot these days. So I enjoy seeing them getting killed xD

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