Thursday, 5 July 2012

Modern Swashbucklers

So there’s a thread about 7th Sea on RPGnet at the moment, and the traditional talk about ahistory versus theme park history versus fantasy, someone noted that its different-countries-are-centuries-apart style means that it covers a broad expanse of swashbuckling adventure stories, from Robin Hood to the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Which, coupled with reading The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 2009, got me thinking that’s not something we see a lot of today.

Sure, we have urban fantasy heroes with an array of magic swords, planetary romances, and period pieces (which The Three Musketeers was from the beginning) but not a lot of cinematic-but-mundane ones happening in the here and now. Is there room for a dashing rogue in the present? Superspies are close, but not quite the same. Charming scoundrels a la Leverage maybe?

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