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01-20-1998, 06:18 PM #1Jaime T. MatthewGuest
Anuirean Culture (repost)
Forgive me if you've seen this before, but I never got any response
about it, and it was sent when the server was acting flakey so I
thought I would repost it.
Ed (et. al.)-
> I reiterate, if you have the original basic set, you will not NEED
> to "upgrade" to the new edition--the rules will not change
> significantly, just the presentation. There will be new material in
> the hardcover, but it won't be stuff you desperately need to run a
> BR campaign--it'll just make things easier.
Might as well ask this now so I'm not surprised later....
Are you going to go in depth about the various cultures? I see
Birthright as a world where the flavor is everything. Finally there
is a detailed world where it is more interesting to play a human
character than one of the freaky, but novel demi-humans. I never
played Dark Sun, but it seems to me that part of the appeal of that
game was the opportunity to play a Thrikreen, Half-giant or
cannibalistic Halfling. In BR, the non-humans are considerably rarer,
and the Human cultures far more detailed.
Except for the Anuireans. I don't know how it is you managed to do a
better job with the other areas but leave this one full of holes, but
you did. I suspect it was because Anuire got sandwiched into the
original boxed set and the cultural information got slighted to make
room for all the general world description and setting rules. Or
perhaps it was just that you did such a great job with the Khinasi,
Rjurik and Brecht (I haven't seen the Vos yet) areas that the
information on Anuire seemed pale by comparison.
So this is the long way of saying that I would really, really, really
like to see a detailed cultural write-up for Anuire. In particular,
things like a detailed Order of Precedence chart, both general and
specific.... Meaning, what was the ranking order of Anuire during the
height of the Empire, and what does it look like now. With a Baron
running a domain, and a Prince running another, etc., things are
pretty sloppy. How do people know who to bow to? Descriptions of the
major holidays that are on the calendar would be useful too. What do
they eat, how do they dress, etc., etc. I've stolen a lot of useful
information from other games (Pendragon especially) but I'd very much
like to see the official take on the Anuirean culture (and perhaps how
it differs from generic fantasy settings).
Had to ask.
And while I'm at it... Could I prevail upon you to create a boxed
City of Anuire set ala Waterdeep for Birthright? Your description of
this city is pretty cool, but not exactly easy to create on the
Jaime T. Matthew
01-21-1998, 06:08 AM #2James RuhlandGuest
Anuirean Culture (repost)
> Ed (et. al.)-
> Except for the Anuireans.
Yah, I remember your post from the 1st time you sent it, and I meant to
reply, but wanted to get coherent n organize my own thoughts. I tend to
agree with you; the Anuirieans have a well-detailed history/backround, but
their culture/society comes across as pretty generic-midieval & bland, in
the materiel. The points you make regarding the aspects you'd like to see
detailed/improved upon are all good. I.E. some aspects of what is there has
a kind of Celtic Britton flavor, others a semi-Roman flavor, but none are
very clear (it comes through mainly in titles and province/domain names);
how does this manifest itself in the culture as a whole?
Again, though, I didn't respond to your earlier post on this, not 'cause I
disagreed with you (I agree wholeheartedly), but because I didn't think I
could do a better job of explaining the deficiencies than you already had,
and we try to avoid "me too" posts. But "me too."
01-21-1998, 01:24 PM #3TOMMY.ASHTON@ASU.EdGuest
Anuirean Culture (repost)
On Tue, 20 Jan 1998, Jaime T. Matthew wrote:
> So this is the long way of saying that I would really, really, really
> like to see a detailed cultural write-up for Anuire. In particular,
> things like a detailed Order of Precedence chart, both general and
> specific.... Meaning, what was the ranking order of Anuire during the
> height of the Empire, and what does it look like now.
I agree with Jaime on this. There has been mentioned that there were
originally twelve tribes of Anuire that became the great ruling
families. Supposedly these were detailed in a promo handout at a
convention or something I heard mentioned on the list. Maybe these could
be pieced together out of the Iron Throne novel but it would be nice to
see a page or two in the Hardcover detailing this (esp. if it gave the
> With a Baron
> running a domain, and a Prince running another, etc., things are
> pretty sloppy. How do people know who to bow to?
Anybody with more troops than you. :)
> Descriptions of the
> major holidays that are on the calendar would be useful too.
I thought that these were detailed.
> What do
> they eat, how do they dress, etc., etc. I've stolen a lot of useful
> information from other games (Pendragon especially)
I must recommend Pendragon's Lordly Domains source book as a tool that
would be nice to have if you had the excess cash. The Pendragon basic
rules sourcebook, while having some valuable sections, deals
with Arthurian England and is hard to incorporate or use. The Lordly
Domain's sourcebook is very good resource of Medieval landed nobles, a
lot like I hope The Book of Regency will be when we see it in
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