True home-brew realm?
Ive seen alot of posts and articals about people's home-brewed realms but after seeing the detials i see they are full of bogus-bull when it comes to taking credit for building a true realm on their own.
it seems everyone has incorperated or taken from existing realms or moduals, and then slapped the "my own realm" tag on it.
Some of these home-brewers have taken the time and energy to fabricate a nice realm with tons of self-made aspects, but when it boils down to realm-mechanics, or monsters, or religeions or simply the cultures of the world-you find that much of it was simply re-used dragonlance,ebberon,greyhawk, etc, junk they took from other artists of fantasy.
so..what i want to know is- how many of you brewers actually would rather cut a finger off then use a pre-made "anything" in your realm? how many of you world-makers really spent the time and energy to really NOT take from any source book or mod? how many of you can actually speak freely and widely about your own gods insted of rambling out the names of published gods? seriously, i would NEVER take a damn name, god, religeion, or setting from anywhere but my own head.
my realm has been active for over 20 years. I have suffered blisterd fingers and red-dry-eyes in the face of crafting over 5 complete books on the realm we play in. and yes, its all mine. Its all "ours" (me n my players).
when i see posts saying its almost impossible to run or create a world that is nothing like another, it makes me vomit. There is only one way you can make absolutly sure that your realm dosnt steal from published sources...not buy them, not read them, not know a damn drop about them.
i admit ive read every source book over time, but my realm was fully working for about 8 years before i even took a look at a single modual. i can plainly and proudly say
"our realm is the birth-thing of my mind and my mind alone" and all those who enter it are painfully aware that
1-my races are my races...you cant assume a damn thing
2-my churches are my churches, you cant assume a damn thing
3-my lands are my lands, you dont know a damn thing about them till you play there or know sumone who has.
4-i have stolen nothing from anyone other then monsters from manuals (and those are often re-crafted) and items from handbooks (and again...fully re-tweeked to make them my-own)
anyone out there feel this way? anyone out there fully agree? anyone out there saying "bull-crap man! thats impossible!?"
just board and at work..looking for sumthing to read.