Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Golden Voyages

I picked up a used copy of the Golden Voyages boxed set for Al-Qadim. I have approximately 0% chance of running it with anybody around here, but I've always loved the A-Q stuff and I'm happy to have it on my shelf anyway. If nothing else, the art is cool and I can study it for ideas. I've always liked the idea of an island-hopping campaign, even though I've never run one. I guess you could say that my efforts at running the first Mongoose edition of Traveller and my much-missed Stars Without Number campaigns were similar in that the planets were often stand-ins for islands, but I'm talking classic we're-on-a-boat island hopping.

In my brain, the soundtrack to Al-Qadim is the soundtrack to the SNES port of Prince of Persia. The skeletons are also the herky-jerky Ray Harryhausen variety.

I'm still kind of hoping that WotC will give Al-Qadim some love in 5e. Based on the recent survey, however, I'm not holding out hope. The survey gave me the chance to select what older settings I'd like to see more of, and Al-Qadim wasn't even an option. I did write it in under "other," but aside from that I pretty much had to just say pls more Ravenloft.

...and yes, I know Zakhara is technically part of Forgotten Realms, but I fucking hate Forgotten Realms.

Anyway.

I also chanced upon a trove of Spelljammer stuff, but the store that had it wanted $155 for the boxed set and haaaaaaaaaa no. Spelljammer was an interesting idea, but no way I'm paying that much for it.



4 comments:

  1. Always wanted to run or play AQ.
    Constantcon it (is that still a thing?) and you might find players.

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  2. Golden Voyages is super neat. It's the only Al-Qadim set I own, but I love it's vibes.

    Never run it, but I too hold out hope of someday working it into an island crawl campaign.

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    1. I kind of want to gradually get all the AQ stuff, to be honest. I wish Wizards would just give us POD options for everything they've released on PDF.

      Don't get me wrong, PDFs are dope for convenience, but I just have to have physical books.

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