This is RPG-ology #20: Pay Attention, for July 2019.
When Multiverser was first going to publication, artist Jim Denaxas suggested that from henceforth everything in my life had become tax deductible.
My job today is to create worlds, and to find ways to import worlds to games—my games and the games of referees around the world. Whatever I do in pursuit of that job is a business expense.
If I go to see a movie, I’m researching plots, stories, and sometimes fantasy or science fiction settings. If I read a book, it’s the same thing. The newspaper is a source of world ideas; so, for that matter, is the television. But those are the obvious things.
I could go on vacation, and justify it as a study of other parts of the world. How much more realistic could my development of a Greco-Roman culture feel if I’ve walked the Appian Way, or stood before the Parthenon? Could I write as convincing an Asian setting without visiting China and Japan? If we’re setting this in the mountains in the summer, a trip to the Poconos is helpful, but wouldn’t it be so greatly enhanced by traveling to the Rockies, the Alps, and perhaps the Himalayas? I can visit the beach and learn much; I can visit Historic Gloucester, legendary Malibu, and even the black beaches of Hawaii and learn so much more. Read more