Landover, A Matrix Game

Chris McDowall is running a Matrix game called Sunrise Expansion.

See what the heck a Matrix game is right here.

It’s like Free Kriegsspiel Revolution and wargames and LARPing and play-by-post had a baby…

Anyway, I read up on what he was doing and took a stab at the concept in two hours of deep work.

But what setting to use? What should be the focus problem?

Well, I’m not all that into the deep details of history…

If it’s an established setting, it’s gotta be obscure.

So,

I read by book called “Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD!” by Terry Brooks many years ago. So long ago that I don’t have a copy anymore. The central concept is in the title: a man buys a magic kingdom which, turns out, is fractured and in absolute shambles. It’s his job to unite these people who all have their own goals in mind.

Perfect.

And with this nice little map…

And MANY creative liberties with how *I* “remember” the book, I came up with this:

The Problem

A new king has come to Landover who purchased the right to rule from the wizard who calls himself Meeks. Many have tried to hold the kingship before and failed…

The Actors

King of Landover: The most recent buyer of the title of king in Landover, looking to secure their throne. The name of the king is the same as the player’s real name.

Lords of the Greensward: Selfish men that represent a majority of the human population in Landover. They tire of dragon raids and spineless kings.

Strabo: The dragon of Landover. Bored and lonely, but most assuredly the strongest being in the magical kingdom.

The River Master: The fairy leader of Eldew, the city of outcasts from the mists and the fairy world. Secretive and protective.

The Mark, Lord of Abaddon: Nested in Abaddon, the underworld of Landover, the Mark strikes without warning to throw the magical kingdom into chaos.

Nightshade: A castaway magic user in Deep Fell who is in it for the power.

Non-Player Actors

G’home Gnomes: A pathetic bunch that can’t defend themselves and always pledge loyalties to their strongest savior.

The Trolls of Melchor: This clan of trolls is hungry all the time. They are stupid and easily manipulated into a blinding rage.

Landover

  • Sterling Silver is the castle of the king of Landover, though it has fallen to ruin because of the corrupting Tarnish.
  • The Heart is a commonly-used meeting place for special occasions like festivals, tournaments, and duels.
  • The Greensward is where most of humanity resides on the quaint plains that make for sufficient farmland.
  • North Ward, South Ward, and West Ward are all small cities ruled by the Lords of the Greensward.
  • Lake Country is a forested area that contains an abundance of wildlife.
  • Lake Irrylyn offers many relaxing spots to melt away the worries of Landover.
  • Elderew is the forest city of outcasts from the mists and the fairy world.
  • Eastern Wastelands is a desert country filled with great places to bury secrets and bodies.
  • The Fire Springs is a terrible place to live, unless you can stand the heat.
  • Rhyndweir is a keep abandoned by Fairy centuries ago, filled with magic traps and treasures.
  • Melchor is a dusty, rocky place inhabited by trolls.
  • Avoid the swamplands of Deep Fell. Only the truly desperate go there to seek the gateway to the mists and the fairy world…

Here are the player-facing rules and an explanation of the problem, faces, and places.

Here are the ref-facing rules and the secret briefings sent to each player.

Happy gaming!

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