re-skinning of Zak's Vornheim with 'far-gates.' People also seemed to like the little picture I drew of some Vayniris snow Then an offline comment got me thinking. The comment said something like 'the city would make a good backdrop for stories.'
That got me thinking. It's been a while since I've written a short story. Well, completed one would be more accurate. I'm really digging the concept of a fantasy city that is scattered all over bits and pieces of a planet. Writing a pulp fiction style story inside Vayniris seems like a no-brainer.
So that is what I am doing.
And that got me thinking. (I think too much, probably.) Why not write a whole bunch of stories and make a Vayniris anthology? Vayniris: The Scattered City!
Then reality sets in. I haven't showed the type of focus during my life necessary to pull off something like that. But what if others helped? What if Vayniris: The Scattered City was written as sort of a Thieves' World-esque shared fantasy world? The city has a lot of room for parallel development. A whole planet's-worth, in fact.
This idea points back to something I've been wondering about for a while. The Old School Renaissance movement has game designers, module creators, cartographers and artists. But are there any story writers in the OSR adding to Appendix N? Are there? I'm asking, seriously. I try to keep my ear to the ground, but I haven't heard of such a thing. (Okay, okay, there are fine authors running around writing fantasy - but I'm talking about specifically from an OSR perspective.)
I think an OSR inspired anthology would be pretty nifty. We have the technology now to publish a book WITH NO CASH DOWN. I published a book with Lulu and ordered a copy. Poof. Very nifty. Or heck, it could go bigger - like a 'literary' version of Petty Gods.
So, anyway, I'm going to write my little story. If you are interested in reading it, give me a holler.
And if you are interested in reading an OSR inspired anthology, let me know as well. If it's five or more people, I may have to push this thing through to reality - even if I have to write it all myself. :)