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26th-Apr-2008 04:59 pm

I'm toying with the idea of putting together a game based on the wizard of oz. has anybody ever seen anything like that? there are plenty of references for me to work with. there are maps of oz all over the net and almost all the oz books are available for free on gutenberg.org. it would be easy enough to pick four races for the four lands of oz, halflings for munchkins, gnomes or dwarves for quadlings, humans for winkies, etc, or something like that. i could use stats for the warforged for mechanical men like the tin man and tick tock. the thing i'm having the hardest time deciding is what angle to take. i haven't decided if i want to lean more toward the pure whimsy of the original stories or the more gritty realistic version presented in the novel wicked. i could go really far and make something inspired by todd mcfarlane's messed up toys. i don't think i want to go that far. i think i'll probably go somewhere between the original stories and the novel wicked.

the first idea i had was to do a one shot or short arc game where the players would play pre-generated characters. some human child form earth ends up in oz which is now ruled by a wicked witch. the kid brings some statues to life using the powder of life. the statues are the pcs. the idea of the game is to get the kid home and maybe depose the witch if possible. something like that.

i started doing a little research on it and looked at these books i haven't seen since i was a kid and thought maybe i could do a whole campaign. i should probably see if my group is interested before i do much more work. i'm not sure the novelty of an oz based game would last as long as the campaign.
27th-Apr-2008 05:38 am (UTC)
In the "otherworld" series by Tad Williams, his characters meet these crazy cyber versions of the wizard of Oz characters (the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow) and they have split apart and created factions for themselves, and are at war.

Also, in World of Warcraft there is a part in the middle of one of the larger dungeons where you have a wizard of Oz parody.
27th-Apr-2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Also, there was a series on the Sci-fi channel called "tin man" which portrayed the wizard of Oz in a modern day light.
27th-Apr-2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
thanks. i saw tin man and didn't much care for it but i'll take a look at tad williams.
28th-Apr-2008 12:35 pm (UTC) - Oops
Oops, maybe I wasn't supposed to read this (I'm in Gernboken's gaming group). I didn't even notice the username of the poster and the 'big pile of dice' user pic didn't catch my eye. Of course, when I got to the end of the thread and saw the monkey I knew I'd gone wrong. Sorry!

I think a Wizard of Oz short arc would be cool. I remember reading about a d20 game that someone was putting together in the early days of 3e that was a dark fantasy set after things had all gone wrong in Oz. The scarecrow was a dictator, oppressing the munchkins and intelligent animals, and Dorothy had grown up to be a freedom fighter. I can't remember the details now but it was pretty creepy. I don't think the game was ever published, but I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.
28th-Apr-2008 01:07 pm (UTC) - Re: Oops
i put most of my posts in here behind cuts since you and i play together but i don't really mind you seeing this one. i can't really run a wizard of Oz campaign without telling you guys what i was doing. i mean i guess i could... but my idea was for the players to be natives of some sort so no worries.

take a look at my other post. are we switching to 4.0? have you looked at pathfinder from paizo? i think it's got some really nice ideas. do you think i should save this hypothetical Oz short-arc for after our hypothetical 4.0 conversion? maybe i'll run Oz as GURPS or give the pathfinder modifications to 3.5 a whirl for an Oz short arc.
28th-Apr-2008 02:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Oops
Usually I'm good about ignoring your posts. I just wasn't paying attention. Rather than derail this discussion further I'll answer your questions via email.

Ignore the man behind the curtain! get back to discussing a Wizard of Oz D&D adventure!
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