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Working With China Mieville

The word is officially out on the ENWorld messageboards, so I'm finally spilling the beans on one of my secret projects. I've written up China Mieville's New Crobuzon, the setting of his Perdido Street Station novels, for Dragon magazine 352, due for publication in January 2007.

Just distilling 3 novels into magazine article length was difficult, but I covered the world, its creatures, and its people in D&D terms. Fortunately, the collaboration went very well, and I have a few hand-drawn maps and illustrations of Mieville's to keep as souvenirs.

I'm very curious to see how the final, edited, illustrated version turned out. January still seems far away. But I'm quite proud of this one; it required a lot of research, Q&A back and forth with Mieville, and even so, some rewrites to bring the fiction into alignment with the game.

They don't mesh perfectly, of course, but it's as close as the limits of game design allow. I have a few complimentary emails to that effect that I'm basically saving in my email archive for the days when the writing isn't going well.


Oct. 25th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
sweet. i kicked aound the idea of a khepri PC a while ago (#3). i'm curious to see where the official line went.
Oct. 25th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the lack of speech almost got them dropped, but they're definitely playable. Not to mention full of cool quirks and mysteries and just plain alienness.

I think your sample character would be a lot of fun, though she reminds me a little of the mechanic on Firefly for some reason. With a HEAD LIKE A GIANT BUG. :)

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