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[QUOTE] I'm also late but need to echo Ishmael's thanks for such a great article as usual, Nobi! I'd love to see it get people fired up for the game, which has done impressively well fundraising given the circumstances. The only reason I know anything about Zoroastrianism is cos one of my best friends growing up was of Iranian descent and he explained all the Persian influences on FFV and VI to me. More likely it's just the product of people who have a healthy interest in cultures from all over. Creative people usually are curious about the rest of the world. Nothing helps you remember/fear/hate the evil spirit Ahriman like having him be a huge jerk who turns you to stone while casting death spells! It would be interesting to know if Nasir Gebelli gave inspiration. Like the other Ultima- and Wizardry-influenced RPG creators in Japan, Square must have taken inspiration from the D&D source material's references to mythology and religion, though theirs seems to have expanded far beyond the European orientation I associate with D&D (as a non-player, admittedly). [/QUOTE] Haha thanks Maou! Yes! Ahriman is a great example! Fun fact: many D&D monsters were based off of Hong Kong knock offs of Japanese Kaiju. Here is Tim Kask (one of the first testers on D&D) talking about the creation of some now iconic monsters: “There once was an unknown company in Hong Kong that made a bag of weird animal-things that were then sold in what once were called dime stores or variety stores for like $.99. I know of four other very early monsters based on them. Gary and I talked about how hard it was to find monster figures, and how one day he came upon this bag of weird beasts…He nearly ran home, eager as a kid to get home and open his baseball cards. Then he proceeded to invent the carrion crawler, umber hulk, rust monster and purple worm, all based on those silly plastic figures. The one that I chose was known in the Greyhawk campaign as “the bullet” (for it’s shape) but had only amorphous stats and abilities, not being developed. Gary told me to take it home, study it, and decide what it was and what it could do.” source: [URL=http://diterlizzi.com/home/owlbears-rust-monsters-and-bulettes-oh-my/]http://diterlizzi.com/home/owlbears-rust-monsters-and-bulettes-oh-my/[/URL] My bro Andy is the one who told me about this. He's been meaning to actually catalogue which specific Ultraman monsters inspired which early D&D monsters. I think that will make a fantastic article. I love this kind of cultural exchange. It's so fascinating. Conventional wisdom states that RPGs were the sole invention of Americans, then exported overseas. But reality is so much more layered than that! Inspiration can come from anywhere.
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