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Update #43

Paint the Town 2

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Drakkenhall, City of Monsters, left the other cities’ candidacies in ruins in the first Paint the Town contest. 

I’m happy about Drakkenhall. It blends the pleasures of immediate adventure in the ruins with strange social dynamics in the monster-governed town. Great ruined cities have wonderful roleplaying ancestors including Pavis/The Big Rubble (Glorantha) and Parlainth (Earthdawn). It’s gonna be great.

As we vote on the second city to get the Paint the Town treatment by Lee Moyer, it’s fair to nod to the vote that will follow for the city that will get the I Hate this Town lambasting from me, Lee, and Kullis the Cynic or some other hateful observer. To better inform your current vote, we’ve attached a brief nod to the type of coverage the cities might get if they were the ‘winner’ of I Hate this Town. Despite the fact that a city might deserve to be painted and hated, the winners of the Paint the Town categories won’t be in the running for I Hate this Town.

Your Paint the Town Candidates

Axis: City of Swords; fame, status, palaces, arenas, war; Emperor, Crusader, Great Gold Wyrm Its combination of palaces, arenas, dragon-roosts, and magical military defenses would be something special. And it’s located in the crater of a dormant volcano!

I Hate Axis: We’d use the art as a guide to the sites and events the Empire wishes had never happened: lost battles, ignoble betrayals, strange coups, notable riots, Imperial chariot crashes and other blemishes on the face of Empire.

Concord: City of Spires; demihumans; Elf Queen, Dwarf King A city like no other, blending the architectural styles of high elves, wood elves, dwarves, gnomes and halflings in a shifting social and magical experiment.

I Hate Concord: Kullis is all too human. His views of Concord would be something like a PJ O’Rourke travelogue, full of self-centered indignation that anyone could live this way peppered with trenchant remarks. I’m not sure that’s all that fun. So scratch Kullis on this one. We’d want to find the perspective of a magically savvy enemy of Concord, perhaps a devil, perhaps an evil cloud giant, someone who composes a map of Concord’s weak spots for exploitation, corruption, and destruction.

Horizon: City of Wonders; magic, mystery; Archmage Wizard’s towers that extend into the overworld, flying realms, ongoing magical effects, unclear where magic ends and architecture begins, or vice versa. Very likely a layered map, requiring multiple panes to show the intersecting dimensions. Horizon may be the front-runner; but perhaps votes that went to Drakkenhall in the first round will go towards Axis or Concord in the second?

I Hate Horizon: A tour to areas of magical catastrophe and arrogance. Again, this may be an illustration that cuts cross-sections in time to show all the interesting stuff rather than attempting to be a perfectly literal present day view.

Santa Cora: City of Gods; holiness, the Cathedral; Priestess We’d probably show part of the Cathedral, certainly not all of it. And there might be substantially more odd magical effects thanks to the touch of the gods inside the city than you might have expected from the restrained writeup in the core book.

I Hate Santa Cora: Kullis has already whined about the city’s priests. So to take this a step in a more interesting direction, this could be an utterly inaccurate ‘map’ of the Cathedral itself—as researched by someone who has barely got in the front door and has nothing good to say about anything the Cathedral represents. Tiny kernels of truth lodged in great cobs of falsehood. I see it as a bit of a Jack Chick rant, Lee sees it as a crayon-drawn hate mail from a cultist.

Cast your vote on Survey Monkey for Paint the Town 2.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/673TBHB

The vote for I Hate this City will follow. Discussions rage on the Pelgrane forums and voting closes on November 30, 2012.

Yours from the burning palace,

Rob Heinsoo

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