Hi /tg/, can you help me out? I need some inspiration and there's no better way than to take ideas from others. Tell me about your favorites.
Do you want fantasy or scifi or both?There's Tolkien, obviously. Discworld is a must.Scifi means Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, and Heinlein for Scifi. Also, Dune, and Hitchhiker's guide.
>>65116830Don't forget Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Ursula LeGuin, and maybe Orson Scott Card.For Movies, LotR as stated before. The Hobbit films are also good RPG inspiration if they aren't good Tolkien films. Berserk Golden Age is a good series for military style fantasy. Sci-Fi has got Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Johnny Mnemonic, Blade Runner + 2049, Star Wars for Science Fantasy, among others.
>>65116830Boomercore: the post
>>65116533Ive wanted to start reading Moorcocks work, but his constant shitting on Tolkien really sours my desire for it. Are there any seminal sword and sorcery works besides Conan, which i own and love
movies too, huh?
I actually, genuinely recommend Factions Comic if you're feeling writer's block- It's one of those stories where everyone's in an MMO and there's stakes, and my god does it squander that setting at every turn
>>65116533this is the most /tg/ of all literature, I'm pretty certain
>>65116533I mean, there's the obvious one
yojimbo7 samuraihidden fortressben hurcleopatrajason and the argonautstaming of the shrew with richard burtonking rat and shogun by clavell
>>65118279what on earth are you doing
Pacing's utterly shot to shit (the prologue goes on for NINETY-SEVEN pages) but the worldbuilding's very interesting, vaguely Dwarf Fortress- The world is only 800 years old, created by a cruel and arbitrary flame god called Asis, who was murdered in like 600, who cursed the world with his dying breath: plants will not grow, being out in the rain will make you insane, and all the animals are sentient (not the blue thing, that's one of Asis' traitorous priest-species)
>>65118299listing a bunch of based shit you anime loving mongoloid
>>65118307that's not much of a pitch. if I want a barely coherent fantasy hodgepodge comic, I can get it with better art.
/TG/ QUICK, BEFORE I HAVE TO DO RESEARCH; WHICH ONE OF THESE CAME FIRST?
>>65118320you're not on /tv/, anon. nobody gives a damn about your top 10, you didn't explain shit, and outside of jason and the argonauts those are mostly not even tangential to /tg/. king rat? taming of the shrew!? also:>using "anime loving" as an insultyou have THREE distinct kurosawa flicks on your list. the couldn't otaku harder than that if you showed up to comicon dressed as a ninja pokeman.
https://readberserk.com/Turns out you can read the entirety of Berserk free online, I have no idea how or why that's legal but both this and MangaSee have been up for a while.low power giant monster fights in the beginning, politiking and armies during the Golden Age arc, low power monster fights immediately after, and then progressively higher fantasy monster fighting>>65118368Hey, he's learning!
But you've already heard of it before
Has a prequel comic you should read first, "Over the Wall">>65118442Oh, fuck off guy
>>65118442keksperg more autismoand watch something for the characters sometime retard that's why you watch shakespeare, so you're not flat retard like yourself
>>65118446goblin slayer is objectively better then berserk
>>65118463reminds me of the cats from pic related
>>65118500oof, sounds like somebody didn't like looking in the mirror and seeing a ninja pokeman
Books:Conan Moorcock LeiberAsprin's Thieves World BrackettBurroughs (John Carter and Tarzan) Pierre BarbetFilms:ConanDragonheart The Mummy with FraserClash of the Titans/Jason and the Argonauts HeManExcalibur HighlanderErrol Flynn Robin HoodWillow
Children of MenTrue DetectiveWaco (Paramount Miniseries)X-FilesTwin Peaks I play a lot of Delta Green
>>65118525lmao keep being a anime loving retard my guy
>>65118539good start, let's keep it going
Most the things I've posted either have interesting lore/scenarios or good characterization, Terminal Lance just manages to be pretty funny. I suppose military culture is distinct, but it's not very applicable
>>65118566keep folding that katana my man. you're only at like 450
>>65118575I'd like to see a 40k parody of Terminal Lance.
Probably the sort of story that needs a specific introductionhttps://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/genocide-man-a-black-and-white-webcomic.263780/Complete!
>>65118568Heres some moreChicks in Chainmail (edited by Freisner) 1977 Hobbit1979 LotRAnything else by BakshiThe Magic Sword with Basil Rathbone Hammer Dracula/Frankenstein/Mummy/etcThe Original 3 Dragonlance booksSlaanCJ CherryhLet's get historical Lay of Igor's Campaign (Nabokov does a translation) Volsunga SagaKalevelaLais of Marie de France Chrétien de Trois (I recommend erec and enide) 1001 Arabian KnightsGawain and the green knightTain bo culigne or however the fuck it's spelledViy by Gogol
https://www.webtoons.com/en/action/hardcore-leveling-warrior/list?title_no=1221&page=1Haven't read it yet but apparently it's recommended by /ic/, so at least the art's up to par. Actually seems quite long for a Webtoon.Assuming character growth. Hoping for character growth.
>>65118597oh krull is also badassas well as flash gordonhttps://youtu.be/eAV2g3bSUJk
Is the generic insults anon still in the thread? I'll be honest I was scrolled to the top of the page for the past 50 minutes, I hate that cringe culture works on me
The Outback on any given day
Dead after 17 pages=(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sftsn36iYmM
Bad news, Pholph.com is under and Jack no longer has hosting. Some side stories... probably aren't lost, but would be significantly difficult to findGood news, got the download for it. You can verify it through Desuarchivehttps://www.dropbox.com/s/tbtcr67tr4aaf0w/Jack%20Complete%20%281.0%29.rar?dl=0
Also this thing, but who cares- Jack is fucking dead!https://mega.nz/#!x4800YqT!AeR5Gma0gz0iV-08Wv68KUh42bsqLTQ42N2WSPkOzEQ
You know everyone says they'd love to run a game in the Chickverse but I don't think anyone's actually done it
The duality of fetish comichttp://www.valsalia.com/archives/https://themonsterunderthebed.net/?comic=test-post
Conan for those who don't want to read Conan.Conan on a discount.And with that I'm out of webcomic recommendations. Well, Hell.Don't forget the Internet Archive existshttps://ia801603.us.archive.org/20/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.463378/2015.463378.For-Whom_text.pdfhttp://hplovecraft.hu/print.php?type=etexts&id=995&lang=angol
Fantasy: I assume you've read Tolkien, and his imitators can be skipped. Sword and Sorcery gets neglected sometimes by modern readers, but had a huge influence on D&D. The big names are Howard's Conan, Vance's Dying Earth, Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Moorcock's Elrick belongs on the list for influence, but I never ranked it worth the first three for enjoyment.Science fiction: sample the older stuff. Voyage of the Space Beagle by AE van Vogt for one. One or more of the Dumarest novels by EC Tubb, which has been neglected since it went out of print at one point, but had a large influence on Traveller. (Its a long series, no need to read the whole thing, but they stand alone so don't worry about order too much.) That early science fiction still shades into pulp adventure, and leads into the Barsoom novels by Burroughs, which influenced D&D as well.Newer stuff: the Chalion novels by Lois McMaster Bujold feature actually original magic and world-building, which is a rare feat in modern fantasy. Check them out.Neuromancer by William Gibson literally and singlehandedly inspired the cyberpunk genre. If you have any interest at all in Shadowrun and haven't read it, stop what you're doing and fix that. Features a somewhat untrustworthy Mr Johnson, but there's a logical reason for it and the runners do actually get paid in the end, it's not the gotcha set up used by bad GMs in later years.Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson wasn't the next cyberpunk book but is one of the strongest and is also worth reading if you have any interest in near future sci fi.
>>65116533Besides things previously mentioned, Pratchett, Black Company and Dragonlance.
>>65116533It depends on what you genre you needConan short story are great. I also have a love for pulp novel after finding my dad stash, it's over 100 volumes of a chad brit travelling across dimension, conquering nations and fucking various women. It had some nice stuff for Sword & Sorcery gamesVarious films that inspired me for various one shot and campaign>Starship Trooper>What do We do in the Shadow>Who framed roger rabbit>Heathers,both the movie & musical>Freaks (the movie from the 30'sOn things that you should NOT read, avoid The Sword of Truth/Legend of the Seeker at all cost, I can't believe that 14 years old me liked those books>>65118369Phoenix on the sword was the first story featuring conan, though I rekon that it was initially another character with a different name
>>65116533Why does the thumbnail look like Kowloon walled city?
>>65119015>will you accept him? Or will you reject him?>yes / no tickboxesChick goddamnit that isn’t how that works
>>65118446I downloaded the entire thing a month ago. It was too 15 to enjoy re-reading it.
>>65118368what is that?
>>65116533Conan anon, you must start with the classics. Farfhard and the Grey mouser got some cool comics be Mignola.Heck, Hellboy and Mignola comics in general are top tier for adventure mining.Euro and Ibero-comcis tend to have all kinds of fantasy and historical tales to mine for games.
>>65118230Yeah, Jack Vance, he is one of those than were a pillar for the genre. The Dying earth had the magic system DnD uses. Clark Ashton Smith was probably the best for inspirations for your settings, if you like the mystery atmosphere or some parts of Conan and weird shit of lovercraft, I thin him was the best of the three at writing and world building.
>>65119446I never got the Black Company love really, what does people like of it?
>>65116533The kernel of the story of the Expanse Series was based on an RPG campaign and it shows. It's also very good.
>>65120772Ravine. wizardy author-owned comic that ran for 8 or 10 issues. supposedly it's "coming back" someday, we'll see. made by stepjan sejic, who's pretty well known for that digital-paint art style, and for inserting an obvious comic-book version of his wife in to everything from witchblade to aquaman.
>>65120136>Deadly Doubleit's weird how neither of them has a goatee>Freaks (the movie from the 30's)as opposed to Freaked from the 90's?
>>65120478but anon, it's THAT simple
>>65118369Sort them by release date, you stupid cocksucker
Perfect place to ask!I love short stories and write them on the side. I was wondering if you guys had any good recommendations? I like dark, surreal things but I need to expand my horizons. Last night I read I Have No Mouth But I Must Scream and it was pretty inspiring, so I've got my juices flowing. Anyways, here are some of my favorite collections and stories.>Repent Harlequin! Said the Tick Tock Man by Harlan Ellison >All Tomorrow's by Nemo Ramjet>Engineer: Reconditioned by Neal Asher>Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti. Seriously I can't say enough good things about this collection.>There Will Come Soft by Ray Bradbury>Lovecrafts major works, don't make me pick just one>From Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
>>65122789if you're digging the weirdfic, you should add machen, chambers, and ambrose bierce to that list. mieville as well, if you want a modern twist on the concept
>>65122789Have you read Lovercraft and not Clarck ashton smith, praised be his name?
>>65122789borges - anything and everything, but shit like The Aleph, Library of Babel, Garden of Forking Paths, and Book Of Sand get referenced in /tg/ circles constantly.
>Nobody mentioned the most /tg/core literature series in existence
>>65116830>Discworld is a must.nah
a lot of good stuff already posted, I'd also recommend Robert Asprin's Myth series and the Elfquest comics
>>65122922>>65122940>>65122968/tg/ is best board for a reason. I haven't read any those recommendations at all, and I thought I was in the know about these sorts of things. Time to get drunk, listen to that brutal doom synthwave playlist on YouTube and get my read on.I tried to find a particularly memorable short story to share with you guys, but my coffee addled Italian brain is at a loss. It's about a robot who disassembles it's own head because it becomes aware of entropy, and I just remember a really vivid description of the procedure. My googlefu failed me, it's really cool stuff if I can ever remember what it's called.
>>65118639>1001 Arabian KnightsReally?
I remember reading the book Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin and it had some pretty good inspiration for cities and sci-fi environments.
>>65122977The annoying part of /tg/ you mean, than doesn't fap before posting.>>65123105Never heard of Myth conceptions.
>>65122996>Discworld is a must.>nahI agree with the other anon. discworld isn't for everybody (I'm not a big fan myself), but anybody frequenting /tg should probably read at least one or two of the pratchett books just to see if they like it.In the "joke fantasy" subgenre, I prefer pic related personally.
>>65116533Currently I'm simply reading history, some basic stuff on the middle ages and more in depth stuff on WW1-WW2 as a lot of crazy shit happened there that shouldn't be too hard to convert. Then folk tales, mythology and urban legends (local if you got any is great). Also reading some Lovecraft and consuming stuff inspired by that and looking up surreal art. This might not help too much if you are going for a lighthearted fantasy or "realistic" sci-fi tho'
>>65122789this one's a little polarizing, but I love it personally
>>65123402this one too
>>65123311I can post some of my Myths and history stuff.
>>65123444Would be awesome, thank you
If anyone else doesn't want the dump, tell me so.
>>65123564Don’t know if you meant to dump this in the share thread (I just asked for something like this) or it’s a happy coincidence, but thank you!
>>65123251the Myth series is a very good fantasy comedy, sort of in the style of Discworld, but less British. Myth Conceptions is the second book and imo the best one
>>65123608Happy coincidence I guess, I tought the share thread was kill and purged.
>>65123564Thanks, again, appreciate it.I didn't have anything on South and Meso-American mythology
>>65123647Nah, you just need to be more roundabout how to access the files.
I was about to start a Folklore and myths thread, but at the state of /tg/ I feared I would be swamped in fairy japanese art or any other fetish.
Shamelessly begging for pdf of Anarch by Dan Abnett
For your witchy needs, be it ina WoD Wiccan or ye olde OSR world.
>>65118194Clark Ashton Smith
>>65123744Oh nevermind i´ve managed to find it, here it is if anyones interestedhttp://i.4pcdn.org/tg/1548415425243.pdf
>>65122049Thanks. Thats such a strange thing to be well known for.
>>65122789oh man dude there was this short story I read where stuff randomly starts exploding and the whole earth deforms quickly and violenty and the main character is just trying not to die, but that in itself seems a really vague description and I wish I could remember the title or author but I can't.
>>65118162Wow, what a ride so far.
>>65126157>was this short story I read where stuff randomly starts explodingMichael Bay is writing short stories now?
A few comics I've already seen threads about on /tg/>Albedo - Erma Felna of the EDFhttp://stevegallacci.com/archive/edf/2016/05/03>Outsider (now with updates)http://well-of-souls.com/outsider/>Endtownhttps://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2009/01/19>6-Commandohttp://www.viciousprint.com/6commando/comic/and-so-it-goes/>>65120903Fantasy is to Europe what Capes are to America. Lots of mediocre stuff, but plenty of amazing comics left.Tons of good pulp and sci-fi novels collections, too. >>65118638Oh boy. Thanks for the read.
>>65126157How many stories do you know where a self aware robot takes apart it's own brain? The Jigsaw Man by Larry Niven is a fine replacement if you feel like a Google.
>>65127024haw haw. I remember the characters were having a card game when stuff started to go down
>>65128902Is 6-Commando good? I've had it bookmarked for a while but all I've seen is the first page, fantasy's more my thing
I haven't finished this one yet, but I strongly recommend. Zelazny is extremely creative.
Pulp fantasy and sci-fi, fantasy and sci-fi anime, and furry comicsI just summed up all of /tg/'s tastes. Thank me later
>>65130005Forgot the image
The first two seasons of adventure time. It was basically animated DnD homebrew early on, and the creator has actually gone on to write DnD lore
>>65130096I hate the artstyle.Modern USA animation is a mistake.
>>65130119It was only written in America. The art was handled 100% in Korea. It's very much a writing driven show
>>65130119I want to know what you consider good animation, because I'm not sure if you're a retard or not
>>65130021>and furry comicsLies, that's been purely for my own benefit
>>65130271You'd be surprise
>>65118639>Open up 1001 Arabian Nights>First page details the current main character getting cucked by his black cook.
Bump for books
>>65118516Christ, modern western comics are awful. None of the "artists" can create anything without whiz-pow sound effects, the exact same speech bubbles, and BOLD WORDS.
>>65134245The western style in general is bad because it pursues pure realism. It's insanely hard to get convincing expression on a realistically proportioned human in art without spending tons of time drawing and rendering because much of our expression comes from subtle wrinkles and folds that are insanely hard to draw.
>>65134245And manga is any better?
>>65134435Yes, actually. Few manga use digital art and break themselves up into colored sections and black-and-white.
>>65134711Digital art isn't bad unless you use it to cheat. Otherwise it's just a cleaner version of traditional
>>65134734>Digital art isn't badno
>>65134778based and non-argumentpilled
>no TH White's the Once and Future KingWhat the fuck, /tg
>>65134811meant for >>65134734
>>65134711By the criteria listed >>65134245 manga is no better. The problems there are overused in both western and eastern comics.
>>65135362I find manga has better use of fonts.
>>65118514Bait for the Bait God!(You)s for the (You) Throne!
>>65119015>Christianity from a guy with that noseThis seems like it's wrong for Chick.
The Night Lands by William "Abandon All" Hope Hodgson. Dying Earth genre decades before Vance made it popular. The Sun has gone dark, the last remnants of humanity are in >pic relatedThe Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown forces and Powers outside in the dark.Thanks to the anon who a year ago posted, in a horror monster thread iirc, a picture with no one else knew what monsters were in it.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hope_Hodgson#Most_famous_works
>>65118514I've never seen anyone ever make that claim before. I like Goblin Slayer, but comparing it to Berserk is like comparing the Star Gate movie to Dune. Sure they're both good but one is in another weight class.
Both the lastman cartoon and the comic are great. Can be watched independently, but you'll want to see the cartoon before tome 8 of the comic.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ6CPq0H8IUI've heard nothing but praise about Long John Silver, and it's been raking up prizes for a couple years.>>65134245>Image comics is the entire western worldHave you ever tried getting out of your bubble?>>65134404>he says, talking about a comic whose artist is japaneseI swear, you gatekeepers are getting dumber every time.
>No one posted Sergio Toppi.I sad.He has an Arabian niiiiiigths comic than is pretty top tier.
>>65134245>modern western comics are awfulthat's down to artists. digital effects tend to be a crutch used by weaker or less confident illustrators. ironically that panel is from monstress, which is a VERY eastern inspired comic series. it's basically princess mononoke in long form. the art is heavily texturized manga for all intents and purposes.
>>65128902>Albedo - Erma Felna of the EDFClassic. I wouldn't say it's fantastically written (and the art quality varies quite a lot over time), but it's an interesting setting. Actually has a combat game coming:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/179272384/albedo-combat-patrol-the-28mm-sci-fi-miniatures-ga>EndtownReally started to go downhill around the end of 2015, but there's some interesting material in there. There was going to be an official RPG made by a fan contracted to do the job, but apparently the Endtown creator's publisher tried to take ownership of the game system rather than just the content, the RPG creators said no, the publisher refused to move on the issue and the Endtown guy just followed suit, so it broke off and got retooled into a different game.
>>65140587>Albedo.I never understood how people liked that shit.Also Metabaron its very nonsensical, but full of cool ideas to steal and great art.Too great art for what the comic is about, holy shit such shit tale shouldn't have such top tier art.
What are some good movies/books/comics/anime about military vs monsters? Battalions vs Bugs. Etc. Mech assisted is fine too.
>>65145991I dont think they are good, but they are very readable, the Revelations cyrcle. ITs about mercs used be alines to kill other aliens, some are bugs and there is a Kaiju race of the uber bad.Then I think there was one called Mechs, than was basically Starcraft with some mecha action vs bugs.
>>65116533Surprised no one has mentioned highlander yet. As for books i would personally reccomend beowulf and moby dick, althougt with moby dick you're going to have to dig through a mountain of whaling shit to get to the actual story. I haven't read it yet but the foundation series is supposed to be good.
>>65116533It isn't limited to fantasy, I'd say. Anything that plays out like an RPG makes for good inspiration material for pacing and structure. Watch Trailer Park Boys, and John Dies at the End.
>>65123402fucking slake moths
>>65123402It does something I like a lot in books that is weirdly rare; most every important event in the story can be linked back to the main character in some way.
>>65116533Bump for interest
>>65122922Going to add Jeff Vandermeer's work for weird fiction.Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination is a cautionary tale about angering a PC.Strange Days is some decent but dated cyberpunk noir.Southland Tales is a cautionary tale of what happens when your GM homebrews and wants you to know every aspect of his setting from a single campaign.
>>65151017Oh, come on- that's the least memeable panel
>>65155773Fair point, it just gave me a chuckle
Are Cave of the Golden Rose and Princess Bride /tg/-approved?
>>65123277I pretty much enjoyed these when I was a kid and in retrospective they probably are more consistent than his infinite Shannara saga
This thread needs more Moebius like Alef Thau.Or Lanfeust and all the Troy universe.Or the quest of the bird of time.The Forest of Opal.You want manga/anime? Go for Moribito, the Beast Player, The twelve Kingdoms, Berserk or Kingdom.
>>65116533Read Malazan, that should give you plenty of stuff to shamelessly steal.As long as you avoid ASOIAF everything else should be good or at least decent for inspiration.
>>65158148>Malazan.Its so badly written, I don't get how people liked it. Its like with the wheel of time, than once you invest so much time trying to see if its good, you want to believe it is?
>>65158155Well, what didn't you like?If it was pacing I can agree that it was all over the place, however the engaging parts really did it for me. Also there was some actual characterization which is a nice change of pace from most popular fantasy nowadays.
>>65158939THe pace was a big problem, the way stuff was explained (like the magic only started to be explained be book three I think), lots of unlikeable characters and the power levels I guess. But the later two are personal.