Friday, April 2, 2010

Mazes & Minotaurs

With the remake of Clash of the Titans opening today, I thought it would be a good time to look at Mazes & Minotaurs.

It's interesting to note that "the whole Mazes & Minotaurs concept was invented by Paul "Mithras" Elliott in 2002, in an article called The Gygax-Arneson Tapes published on RPGnet". That's the same Mithras who authored both Zenobia and Warlords of Alexandria. Which means that Mithras has almost single-handedly made classical-themed gaming a dynamic force. Maybe he should change his handle to Pygmalion.

As an old-school pastiche M&M is enjoyable, and as an actual RPG it's adequate (truth be told I'm more inclined to use it as a sourcebook). But what it excels at it presenting an enticing classical-inspired fantasy world that invites the kind of wild-and-woolly adventuring that makes FRPGs so much fun. One look at the map of Mythika and you want to put on your helmet, take up your spear and set sail to fight legendary monsters for the treasures they guard.

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