Monday, April 1, 2013

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, Introduction


Welcome to d20 Dark Ages, especially those who've come from the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Those wishing to skip this introduction can go my first blog entry for the challenge: 

Huh? 

d20 Dark Ages is about gaming (Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games, wargaming, etc). Usually I post my thoughts and rants on current trends in the industry. I've done a couple of reviews, converted monsters from old cartoons from the 1980s, and sharing inspirations soundtracks to be used at the gaming table. I'll be doing that more in the future. 

This month, however, I'm focusing on Domikka, the theme for the A to Z challenge. 

Domikka is a fictional fantasy setting akin to medieval Europe and Asia but without the stereotypical elves, halflings, orcs, gnomes, etc. Dwarves exists, but are considered as "Demons of the Earth" and hate humans. "Dragons of the Air" and "Giants of the Mountains" war with each other at times, devastating human civilizations caught in between. "Goblins of the Woods" were once tribes of humans that had become so wicked that God/Virtoaa cursed them to live in more bestial forms.

Rightly so, perhaps, for they had "betrayed their blood" in Virtoaa's eyes. They were once part of the Imperik race, blond-haired golden-eyed human who claim to be the descendants of angels who bred with the daughters of men a several millennium ago and chosen by Virtoaa to being His order into the World.

Many of the A to Z posts this month will quote from the Word of Virtoaa, a bible with three testaments, written down by the priests of Virtoaa, covering the history of the Imperik race. The rest will cover other, non-Imperik aspects of Domikka.

I've been working on Domikka for just over 20 years. I've run roleplaying games using Domikka. The works in progress in the upper right corner are the first stories that are going to be available for general audiences soon.

Domikka deals with religion and faith in a serious manner, unlike many other fantasy and science fiction settings out there. In many ways it's an exploration of how cultures work in our own real world.

Thank you for visiting.

And enjoy!



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