robin: "so after the DM killed my last 4 characters, no one's putting one over on THIS one!"
superboy: "you're new to role-playing games, so we'll give you the strongest character. you'll probably be fine."
kid flash: "it's what my character would do!!!11!!!!11one!!!"
miss martian: "you know, I could just … solve the entire problem. with my powers. right now. maybe I could just—" "NO YOU GUYS NEED TO HAVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT"
aqualad: "don't worry, the DMPC is just there to help you guys in case you get really confused or in trouble. don't worry about the fact that he has objectively better powers than anyone. you've ever met. or thought about."
speedy: "I'm taking orgo this term"
Ironclaw is a tabletop role-playing game about a fantasy version of Renaissance-era Europe and China populated by anthropomorphic animals à la Disney’s Robin Hood or Zootopia. This project, Ironclaw: the Book of Horn & Ivory, introduces a new continent inspired by Africa and the Middle East, and especially by Turkish expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can look forward to janissaries, galley warfare, Islamic science and medicine, and Barbary pirates; and boss characters inspired by Sayyida al-Hurra and Dracula. I am proud to add to the depressingly short list of fantasy depictions of these regions.
Also, when I started writing this book, I had this conversation with the editor.
Me: So a lot of this book is gonna focus on the Barbary pirates allied with the Turkish caliph.
Editor: That sounds pretty cool. They could be the Otter Lords of the Sea or something.
Me: Otter Lords, or … Otter Mans?
Editor: … you are not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Here is a map of the distribution of the Eurasian otter. Right in the middle of it is Turkey.
Editor: I talked to the publisher. He also says you’re not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Fine. But the caliph will just happen to be an otter. Also all the Turkish nobility. They will be literal otter mans.
Editor: That’s fine. You just can’t say it.
I got the chance to interview James Mendez Hodes about his game currently on Kickstarter, Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory . We talk research and appropriation, and learn a little about the game mechanics. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out Ironclaw's K...
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