Why Don’t We See More [fill-in-the-blank] Fantasy?

Even to this day, most fantasy feels Tolkien’esque. I love Tolkien’esque fantasy. However, I also love outliers that take place in unique or underutilized fantasy settings. This episode of the podcast throws out a couple examples of non-traditional fantasy worlds and wonders, “Why don’t we see more?”

Space Fantasy

Star Wars isn’t science fiction. Instead, I argue it’s a space fantasy and contains traditional sword and sorcery elements spun in a unique way. I also call out some of my favorite RPGs, past and present, as good examples of fantasies set in space.

Colonial Fantasy

Colonial fantasy – sword and sorcery meets black powder weaponry – is quickly becoming my favorite genre. Melee weapons, magic and guns exist in tense balance with each other. I throw out a couple favorites demonstrating this particular setting at its finest.

CORRECTION: Luc Besson had nothing to do with Brotherhood of the Wolf. I got this wrong in the podcast; it was directed by Christophe Gans.

Other Underutilized Fantasy Settings

In addition to space and colonial fantasy I call out a few other under-represented time periods. Would the wild west work? What about the stone age? I also wonder aloud why the Tolkien’esque world remains the go-to setting.


Phantasy Star IV

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

A Promise of Blood, Book 1 in Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage Trilogy

The Gunslinger Born, published by Marvel Comics


Comments & Conversation


  • Wyntar says:

    Wild Arms is the only Western RPG that I can think of. It’s a JRPG too. As for Colonial/Western fantasy books, one of my favorites is The Etched City by KJ Bishop. The topic for this podcast was a surprise but I really enjoyed it!

    • Phil/Poly says:

      Oh, snap! I totally forgot about Wild Arms. I played through that on the PS1 back in the day and kinda dug it, as goofy as the superdeformed sprites looked in 3D. Totally dug the intro song, though, as I’m a sucker for whistling.

      I’ll definitely check out The Etched City, too. Thanks for the tip, and glad you dug the show, man!

      (Dammit; double-posted the reply … sorry if you got spammed by this.)

  • UpperMGMT says:

    Got Some DS3 Momentum!!!