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February 19th, 2011, 23:45
I think there is sufficient speculative fiction on the landscape with alternate settings that don't copy Tolkien explicitly. Martin, Mieville, Wolfe come to mind. Yes I know they are all old now and Martin has Dragons, Mieville has vampires and Wolfe is Scifi. I dont know that those works translate to video games particularly well though I would like to see some attempts.

Most companies probably would rather develop their own properties to avoid licensing fees for more obscure properties and retain creative control and I think the blog is correct that Orcs and Goblins and what not are easier to pass off without explanation. Planescape needs a lot of exposition to explain its landscape and I dont think most video game companies could do it justice. PST was exceptional and even then I don't think it did as well as it could have. I almost didn't buy it myself because I didn't understand it immediately (and I didn't really want to be seen buying that box).
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