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50s-60s european Sword & Sandal movies and the hollywood period epics that inspired them are my go to Bronze Age cinematic inspiration, especially the ones with Kirk Douglas (Spartacus, Ulysses, The Vikings).
I really, really enjoy the HBO series Rome, as some have previously recommended also. It does a great job of portraying how gods and religion took part in the everyday life of ancient mediterranea, from nobles to slaves to soldiers. Can't think of better inspiration for Tarsh.

On 6/2/2020 at 2:20 PM, GMKen said:

Musa (the Warrior)/Dragon Inn.  The first will make you want to learn how to fight with a one-handed spear and features some excellent battle sequences.  Dragon Inn helped serve as inspiration for the recent RQG adventure Highwall Inn.  Make sure you bring your own chopsticks.  There have been follow-ons, like Blades of the Dragon Inn that are also fun.

Yes! Korean and Chinese cinema is GREAT inspiration for ancient warfare if you take the time to look through it.

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Just stumbled across an animated series that is giving me a strong Gloranthan vibe, specifically Votanki hunter in the Elder Wilds.   By the guy that did Samurai Jack, it is called Primal, and features a Neolithic hunter who loses his family to a brutal T. rex attack, and ends up bonding with an allosaurus who lost his family to a brutal T. Rex attack.  They learn to hunt together (a la the movie Alpha) and eventually become a team in the brutal struggle to survive.  And I mean brutal.  It is full-on Nature is Red in Tooth and Claw and look, here’s another example: chomp!

It gives me Wurm vibes, while the mix of allosaurs and mammoths and giant crocodiles has an Elder Wilds feel to it.  Quite fun.

Also, for anyone looking for some Viking action, the manga series The Vinland Saga is pretty good, if a bit graphically gory.  Eyeballs popping out from massive blows, that sort of thing.  But includes one of my ancestors, Eric the Red, so I do have that bias.

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On 6/3/2020 at 1:20 AM, GMKen said:

 The overall arc is 12 Rune Lords/Priests/Lord-Priests from mostly minor cults a.... Oh, and the 13th warrior is a dragonewt.  For some reason.  No one really gets that one, but it is what it is.

I'm pretty sure they'll also need a 14th... an enlo.... who's a 'burglar'.....

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Just this week I finally caught up on the last several seasons of The Venture Bros. and was mildly astonished to see a heroquest in the last episode of Season 7 (S7E10, The Saphrax Protocol).  The Monarch and Henchman 21 are initiated into the higher ranks of The Guild of Calamitous Intent in an elaborate ceremony where they're walked through recitations of the stations of Guild history and they ceremonially act out the events.  What we see is the mundane side of things, but it struck me that this is what an outsider would see of a community enacting a heroquest ritual.


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On 5/30/2020 at 7:54 AM, Bergguy said:

here's also an australian film called Ten Canoes, it's one of my favourite films because just watching feels like entering a myth realm. No magic, just cool story structure. It was floating on youtube for a while. 

"I'm just going to talk with him."

"If you're just going to talk, why are you taking your spear?"


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