[Shannara] RPG material for Terry Brook's World of Shannara?

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[Shannara] RPG material for Terry Brook's World of Shannara?

Post by Havard » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:28 am

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Apparently the Shannara TV series is coming out later this year?

What do people think of the material presented for Terry Brook's World of Shannara from Dragon #286?

Is there any other RPG material for Shannara out there? Would it make for a good RPG setting do you think? :)

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Re: [Shannara] RPG material for Terry Brook's World of Shann

Post by Vile » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:00 pm

I don't really know what the world is like in the books, because I couldn't make it through the first one (and this was at a time when I was considerably less discerning in my reading material than I am now). From the Dragon article I guess it sounds like an okay-if-somewhat-vanilla fantasy setting, but there's not really enough meat there to really make it worthwhile in my opinion. You could get as much flavour just from the implied setting of any edition of the rulebooks themselves.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:00 pm

I'd say the same as Vile, yet for example Legend of the Seeker, which as a book didn't engage me at all, was IMO surprinsingly good and funny as a TV serie, so maybe the same could happen with Shannara.
Shannara IMO really didn't have much originality in the first book, but the subsequent books introduced much more interesting elements (as the fact that the world would be our own 2.000 years in the future, IIRC).
Therefore as a RPG setting it has its original plot and themes, so I suppose a DM willing to work on it could come up with something quite interesting...
Dragon 286 has 27 pages of material, which is something but probably not enough for a campaign... strange that a rpg was never made...
It seems there is an italian rpg by chat with manual and rules however http://www.landedishannara.com/

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Post by Allen Varney » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:26 pm

Just take stuff from Tolkien and change the names. That's what Terry Brooks did.
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Post by Vile » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:13 am

Sturm wrote:Legend of the Seeker, which as a book didn't engage me at all, was IMO surprinsingly good and funny as a TV series.
Talking of TV series, this is a huge influence on the implied setting in BLUEHOLME™:

http://www.wizardsandwarriors.org/

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Post by Havard » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:34 am

Allen Varney wrote:Just take stuff from Tolkien and change the names. That's what Terry Brooks did.
I have only read the first book in the series, Sword of Shannara, and that one is certainly very heavy on the Tolkien influence. I heard the books got better later on though. I assumed that meant they also removed themselves more from Tolkien?

Sturm: You make a good point, that a well made TV series offers an opportunity to remove some problems that the original material may have.

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Post by Havard » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:22 pm

Just finished the first season of the TV show today. I must admit I rather enjoyed it. I think this could make for a pretty interesting RPG setting, especially if you use some of the concepts from the TV show such as making the post apocalyptic parts of the setting more prominent.

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:46 pm

Is the show available to watch on streaming services?

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Post by timemrick » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:09 am

Angel Tarragon wrote:Is the show available to watch on streaming services?
My wife and I watched Season 1 on Netflix. We'll watch Season 2 as soon as it makes it there.
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:41 am

timemrick wrote:
Angel Tarragon wrote:Is the show available to watch on streaming services?
My wife and I watched Season 1 on Netflix. We'll watch Season 2 as soon as it makes it there.
Sweet! I'm marathoning my through Season 5 of Once Upon A Time, as soon as I'm done with Season 6 I'll give Vikings a whirl.

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Post by finarvyn » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:49 pm

I bought season 1 on DVD and my wife and I enjoyed it. Hope season 2 gets released soon... :cool:
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Post by Havard » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:47 pm

I've been enjoying this TV show, but looks like its uncertain whether we will ever see anything beyond season 3 :/

*fingers crossed*

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Re: [Shannara] RPG material for Terry Brook's World of Shann

Post by Yaztromo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:58 am

I read Terry Brooks many, many years ago, but I remember one creature that I found very interesting for RPGs from the first read: the Jachyra: http://shannara.wikia.com/wiki/Jachyra
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