The fourth installment in the Medieval Reference series, Medieval Society is a system-agnostic sourcebook for any historical or fantasy game. It presents a look at the cultural influences at the time when feudalism was on the rise. The social hierarchy brought with it knights, poetry, and romanticism while also codifying a caste system. Based on the academic work of Henry Osborn Taylor, it focuses on the effect of these social changes on scholarship and culture, for better or worse, with both a sympathetic eye toward the people of the time, and a critical judgment that can only be gained in retrospect.
This volume is filled with information that can be mined for worldbuilding details usable in your own settings. There are colorful characters that can be adapted as villains and non-player characters. Story hooks abound, either as background details for your game world, or as adventure seeds for player characters to pursue.
While it has become less prevalent over time, medievalism was a heavy component of early tabletop roleplaying games. You could drag in elements of Moorcock’s Melnibone, Lieber’s Lankhmar, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, anything you wanted, but they’d all end up assimilated and patched over the default, baseline setting of some fictional Medieval Europe. There has been justifiable criticism of this in the decades since, but it can’t be denied that the Middle Ages were a powerful influence on D&D and nearly all tabletop fantasy for a long time.
In presenting the Medieval Reference series, my goal is to get people to look beyond official gaming material for inspiration. There is a wealth of ideas to be found in history, biographies, and older fiction from before the tabletop roleplaying game era that is waiting to be tapped. My hope is that this book with fire up your imagination, and help you to discover new possibilities.
I know many of you still have questions, so please feel free to reach out to me via the website. It’s listed on the credits page of every book we publish.
Dancing Lights Press
Publisher: Dancing Lights Press
Rule System: any system / system agnostic
Price: $5 per volume / $5.00 bundle
Publication Date: 10 June 2021
Format: 96 pages. A5 format (bullet journal size). PDF, ePub, Kindle
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