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The Bible? 
25th-Apr-2006 01:52 pm
Has anyone ever used the Bible for inspiration for a campaign? I personally have found some great stuff, such as...

Chapter 12

12:1 A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

12:2 She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.

12:3 Another sign was seen in heaven. Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.

12:4 His tail drew one third of the stars of the sky, and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

I can think of many campaigns worth of stuff from that.

That's some good stuff...
25th-Apr-2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
You like that? Go to your favorite music sharing program and get a Bob Dylan song called "a hard rain's a gonna fall". The song is full of even better imagery just like that. Definately a must hear for dm's
25th-Apr-2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check that out
25th-Apr-2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
you and your dylan lyrics.
25th-Apr-2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
I also suggest "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot. Creepy.
25th-Apr-2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
There was a d20 book called "Testament" a few years ago that was really well done. More Exodus and Judges than Revelations, though.
25th-Apr-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've been reading a book called "Jesus in Jersusalem" that is providing me with all kinds of ideas for fleshing out a monotheistic theocracy. It's facinating how different the world was back then.

Prophecy is fun to work with in games... but I find it requires a lot of side material. Just handing people a six line prophecy limits their ability to read into it for nuance, but if you provide them with 8-10 pages of societal info along with that prophecy, then you can really take your players into some neat places while the prophecy unfolds.
25th-Apr-2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
There was a d20 game brought out a few years ago called "The End" by Tyranny Games which was a Post-Biblical-Apocalypse game.

Being non-religious but interested in theology I wasn't sure about using it but safe to say I've been very impressed with how the game is pitched. I don't think the publisher is around anymore but you should be able to pick it up either online or in your local gamestore.
25th-Apr-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I wanted to play that so badly! I just couldn't find a group to go along with it.
26th-Apr-2006 06:57 am (UTC)
It was relatively easy really, skipping over the whole "Meek inherit the Earth, poor b@st@rds" thing and focussing on the human dilemma of living in a world where faith and religion have become warped out of control. Then throwing in the steady decline of everything man-made opposed by the steady increase in everything nature-made it becomes a very interesting setting. Ultimately although the setting is heavy on the Christianity it can be tweaked to suit the audience.
Although in saying that my audience are a mixture of Catholics, Protestants and Atheists which I think makes it more interesting! Exploring faith in this environment leads to some interesting In Character and Out of Character conversations...
25th-Apr-2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that most of Jesus' miracles are replicated by 3rd level Cleric spells.
25th-Apr-2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
So now we know what level Jesus was...LOL
25th-Apr-2006 07:54 pm (UTC)

Remove Disease, Remove Curse, Create Food and Water, and Walk on Water are all 3rd level, but Resurrection isn't.
25th-Apr-2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Perhaps He used a scroll...
25th-Apr-2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Tis certainly possible!
25th-Apr-2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Well, it only had to be Raise Dead. I'm sure Lazarus could afford to lose a level in Commoner.
26th-Apr-2006 02:17 am (UTC)
What level is that?
26th-Apr-2006 02:58 am (UTC)
5 I think. I don't know off the top of my head.
4th-Dec-2006 07:22 am (UTC)
No way he could have bought all those scrolls as a poor son of a carpenter. He would have had to loot some pretty high CR monsters to get them as a drop...

26th-Apr-2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Risen Martyr PrC. =)
25th-Apr-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hah, I find that hilariously funny. I may metaquote that, if you don't mind. :p
26th-Apr-2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Feel free.
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25th-Apr-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I remember downloading that rulebook back in high school and trying to print the thing out. Horrendously constructed game.
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25th-Apr-2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that my faith just isn't strong enough. :D
26th-Apr-2006 11:57 am (UTC)
And don't forget the casette tape.
25th-Apr-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Mmm, red dragons!

Yeah, you could expand a lot from that. St. John must have been heavy into the mushrooms, though...
26th-Apr-2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
10 headed dragon sounds alot like Tiamatt, who is every color and none. ;D

You're right, though, there's a lot of good stuff in the bible. Read all about the Judges and you can grab plenty of source material there.
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