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Legends, Myths, and Fairy Tales- what lore tickles your adventure bone?

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Hi everyone. I just wanted to spark a new conversation as some of us swirl visions of Daventry in the backs of our minds (while working on current projects.)

I have been thinking a lot about the source inspiration for the King's Quest games. Roberta Williams developed a rich world of twisted fairytales, classical myth, and fantasy conventions. She pulled from so many sources that by the end of the series, it really felt like she was running out of material. She had begun to dip into more contemporary literature like Lewis Carroll.

I want to know what kind of material interests you. What stories, myth, legend, or fairytales do you feel got left behind or went unexamined?

I'm trying to compile a lot of research material to build a reference library for the eventual team.

I recently finished reading The Once and Future King followed up by Le Morte d'Arthur and have been feeling, "well, now, there's a King's quest!" This has actually spurred me on to more medievalist self-study, as I've begun to read some historical essays concerning the lives and cultures around European medieval cities and castles. I'm also revisiting some of my Norse mythology studies.

I'm going to be reading through the complete works of the Brothers Grimm to freshen up on my fairytales.

Obviously The Lord of the Rings is topical, so I'd like to hear some opinion about the themes and setting of Middle Earth. Appropriate? Relevant? No, no, stay away?

King's Quest has mostly been centered on European folklore, later reaching out to the Arabian Nights tales and nonsense (as in surreal) literature. Are there any other ethnic folklores/literature that I should consider? Would these other folklores feel off brand? I am partial to Chinese and Japanese legend, but that just seems totally out of left field for a King's Quest game. What do you think?
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  • @Feazy: You are quite right. Thank you for being very polite about it!

    EDIT: I deleted my image posts after the (justified) criticism from other users. At this point I want to just cut my losses and not invest another day on rethinking and uploading and sorting the images on some hosting service. That might also be playing fast and loose with the copyrights, so that is another point in favour of just forgetting about it.

    But for anyone who might be interested, the images were from:

    • the Aztec section of the Cryo game Beyond Atlantis (Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, Chac the frog, etc.)

    • the episode called "The Feathered Serpent" from Interplay's Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (a humanoid Quetzecoatl [sic] and similarly lush colours as in Beyond Atlantis)

    • a tiny segment of the teaser trailer for Gabriel Knight 3 (Aztec reference)

    • the episode "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth" from the animated Star Trek (Kukulkan)

    • Alan Moore's Tom Strong comics

    • and the photo and accompanying comment from this entry from the blog of M John Harrison:

    http://ambientehotel.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/livelier-than-the-average-dragon/

    I make no claim that all of these are great art, all I can say is that they have been very inspirational to me personally. But it certainly seems to me that this is an extremely fertile area for any work of entertainment to explore.
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    Just read this at the suggestion of a co-worker. What if this were the hint guide for a King's Quest game... ;-)

    The Instructions by Neil Gaiman
  • It does read like an adventure game walkthrough, doesn't it? :)
  • Neil Gaiman...Why does his name sound so familiar?
  • Because he's really, really famous, perhaps? :P

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman
  • Because he's really, really famous, perhaps? :P

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman
    Oh! He wrote Stardust! I haven't read the book, but the movie reminded me of King's Quest a lot!
  • Sinaz20;481683 said:

    King's Quest has mostly been centered on European folklore, later reaching out to the Arabian Nights tales and nonsense (as in surreal) literature. Are there any other ethnic folklores/literature that I should consider? Would these other folklores feel off brand? I am partial to Chinese and Japanese legend, but that just seems totally out of left field for a King's Quest game. What do you think?
    What about considering the norwegian fairy tales and folklore by Asbjørnsen and Moe. This may not be very familiar to people outside of Norway, but there is many elements in these storyes that would fit perfektly in a king's quest game.:)
  • Lambonius, may I ask, what the hell is that mosaic image supposed to be showing?
  • That's the Picard facepalm.

    The irony here is tangible.
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