Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Movie

Just a quick update, but there is Dreamlands news too exciting not to share: Kij Johnson’s amazing Dreamlands novel “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe” has been optioned as a movie! Details are available at the Magnesium Films website. No cast or crew are announced, and it’s possibly too soon to…

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Paths to Dreamland: Cities of Never

Happy New Year! This article was previously printed in 2012 on mockman.com and is shamelessly reprinted here, with some revisions. It will be part of a series about the inspirations for Dreamland RPG. “When a man rides a long time through wild regions he feels the desire for a city.”—Italo…

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Dreamland Movies and TV, Part 2

The 1990s brought a huge pop-cultural discovery that has shaped visions of Dreamland ever since: virtual reality. The Matrix, Star Trek: TNG‘s holodeck, cyberpunk RPGs and other media popularized the idea of passing between reality and a persistent imaginary world. Ideas like “what happens if you abandon your real life…

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Dreamland Movies and TV, Part 1

The great RPG designers/podcasters Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws often suggest that, before starting a new campaign, GMs should show players a movie or TV show episode to show them the style they’re going for. So, if you’re starting a Dreamland campaign, what movies should everybody watch? If players…

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Dreamland at Comic-Con @Home

For some time now, the wonderful Aaron Vanek has been running Dreamland playtests at The Game Academy, which runs online roleplaying games for educational (and fun) purposes. Now, Aaron and his colleagues Emily Nguyen-Hoai, Keenan Kibrick and Fiona Rene have featured Dreamland in a panel on “Learning through Roleplaying Games“!…

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Creating Marvels

“‘But does all this exist only after I’ve wished it? Or was it all there before?’ “‘Both,’ said Grograman. “‘How can that be?’ Bastian cried almost impatiently. ‘You’ve been here in Goab, the Desert of Colors, since heaven knows when. The room in your palace was waiting for me since…

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Dreamland on Roll20

This possibly doesn’t deserve a post, but… Dreamland is now (really truly) working on roll20!! The great Aaron Vanek and I have now run several games and worked out the technical kinks. Naturally, these are just rough playtest versions of all the cards — things won’t actually look like this…

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Roles of Dreamland

The core Dreamland rules contain 52 Roles (plus additional Roles not available to starting characters). Here are the rules, descriptive text and suggested starting equipment for several Roles. Each Role is linked to one or more of the Five Pillars of Dreamland. TROUBADOUR The Troubadour, or Bard, is a travelling…

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Dream Selves & Roles

When a dreamer enters Dreamland, they do not simply materialize from thin air. Instead, they ‘awaken’ into a body that already exists, in a person who already lives there: their dream self. Even Randolph Carter did not simply appear in Dreamland, but realized that he was already there, and—like many…

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Who are Dreamers?

In the modern era, less than 1 in 10 million people can enter Dreamland. If there were ever societies or religions built around Dreamland’s existence, they have long ago been forgotten and their teachings obscured. Only a few rare people are still capable of experiencing the other reality. Some dreamers…

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