Monday, May 2, 2016

A Ring Thrice Blackened: Black Metal Middle-Earth

A strange confluence of influences: I've been thinking about the Lord of the Rings D&D that's coming out (and the odd lack of information about it), I watched the last Hobbit movie recently, I've been listening to Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse a lot lately, and I've been having recurring dreams about the Nazgul.

All of this got my thinking about how I would run a game set in Middle-Earth, but with a bit of a "blackened" miasma clinging to the setting like a cloak of despair. Some basic guiding principles:

  • set the game between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, emphasizing the rise of Shadow and the darkening of Arda
  • clear the board of the major protagonists from Tolkien's novels; make room for a different fellowship to do the heavy lifting
  • foster the atmosphere of a black metal saga
If you want to take a glimpse at what I've come up with, the pdf is here.

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Bonus mixtape to get you in the mood:

Gravelord Nito † Emperor - Into the Infinity of Thoughts † Satyricon - Nemesis Divina † Summoning - Nightshade Forests † Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon † Burzum - Black Spell of Destruction † Mayhem - From the Dark Past Scorpioness Najka