Yesterday, a good friend asked me if Marleybone was based on the US or the UK and then a question about the inspiration and culture of DragonSpyre. I told him my thoughts–both facts and speculation–and he commented that I knew a lot about it. The conversation continued and we talked about Polaris, Grizzleheim, Wysteria, Avalon, Celestia, and Krokotopia.
The conversation sparked a new idea for a blog series–something I hope will prove to be interesting, unique, and enjoyable–both for me and for readers. While we were talking, I realized that, both in real life and in game, I enjoy researching and learning about cultures, mythologies, lore, and histories. As I was telling Chase what I knew, I wished I knew more. I wish I understood the culture of each and every world. I wished I knew the inspiration behind each world’s culture, myths, and lore.
As a result, I have decided to start “Cultures of the Spiral”. I’ll be spending the next several months playing a new character from level 1 to 110, exploring the cultures, “Easter Eggs”, mythologies, and stories. Progress through the game will not be rapid since I plan on thoroughly learning about each culture by researching the inspirations, posing questions to the Community Managers and the community as a whole, and paying attention to even the smallest details. Although I’m planning on moving slowly through the game, I will try to do the research and write my findings as quickly as possible.
Since I will be seeking help from the community as a whole, I likely will be hosting small contests throughout this project to try to generate participation, helpful answers, and hopefully more readers.
I’m excited to begin this new project! I hope it remains as interesting to me as it is right now. 😉
See you in the Spiral!