Friday, September 06, 2013

Southeast Asian roleplaying game setting: Suwarnabumi

Another role-playing game set in a re-imagined Southeast Asia of fantasy is Suwarnabumi. Suwarnabumi is: original fantasy setting for True20 Adventure Roleplaying set against the backdrop of Southeast Asian culture, mythology, and history. It's a world steeped in ancient traditions where humankind lives alongside spirits, demons, and supernatural creatures. Think Angkor Wat, vast monsoon forests and rice paddies, orange-clad monks, Hindu deities, Chinese martial arts, and Malaysian ghost stories, and you basically have the world of Suwarnabumi
Player Characters "take the role of hunters for the Vamachara. As hunters of supernatural things, whether supernatural creatures or items of power, they walk a fine line between the illusionary world, Maya, and the supernatural world, Kala, never truly belonging to either side. They are not necessarily either the good or bad guys—usually somewhere in-between."

I haven't had a chance to look through all of the sections yet, but what I've seen so far has demonstrated an interesting interpretation of the classic entities and struggles Southeast Asian cultures have struggled with in our myths and legends, along with a number of new innovations.

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