History Literature / TheToughGuideToFantasyland

24th Jun '17 9:28:35 PM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: [[TheLordOfTheRings "[Cursed rings] must be returned from whence they came, preferably at over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the curse means you won't want to do this."]] Among others.
** Some of the Other Tough Guides:
*** Series/DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
*** Literature/{{Flatland}}: The Tough Guide to Flat Worlds

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* ShoutOut: [[TheLordOfTheRings ShoutOut:
** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings
"[Cursed rings] must be returned from whence they came, preferably at over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the curse means you won't want to do this."]] Among others.
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** Some of the Other Tough Guides:
*** Series/DoctorWho: The
Guides include ''The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
*** Literature/{{Flatland}}: The
Box)'' (''Series/DoctorWho'' and possibly ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'') and ''The Tough Guide to Flat WorldsWorlds'' (''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' or ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', depending what is meant by "flat").
24th Jun '17 1:46:14 PM nombretomado
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*** DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)

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*** DoctorWho: Series/DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
14th Jun '17 10:23:21 AM penguinist
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* DeadUnicornTrope: A sort of gender-based WackyWaysideTribe plot/setting is mentioned, in which while boys do one thing, girls get to bond with dragons. The thing is, that while there are books with female DragonRider characters (i.e. ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''), there doesn't seem to be any series in which that was an exclusively female activity--it's closer to exclusively male in the Pern books,[[note]]Only the very few gold (queen) dragons bond with females, and at the start of the series even they don't actually ride.[[/note]] and the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' likewise features males making that bond, and all of these books were written before the Guide was published. It is worth noting, however, that Jones wrote it after reading umpteen Tolkien-esque, Tolkien-length novels as a judge in a contest. She was probably not referring to any published books when she wrote this.

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* DeadUnicornTrope: A sort of gender-based WackyWaysideTribe plot/setting is mentioned, in which while boys do one thing, girls get to bond with dragons. The thing is, that while there are books with female DragonRider characters (i.e. ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''), there doesn't seem to be any series in which that was an exclusively female activity--it's closer to exclusively male in the Pern books,[[note]]Only the very few gold (queen) dragons exclusively bond with females, and at the start of the series even they don't actually ride.ride (later, and in the past, greens would sometimes bond with women).[[/note]] and the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' likewise features males making that bond, and all of these books were written before the Guide was published. It is worth noting, however, that Jones wrote it after reading umpteen Tolkien-esque, Tolkien-length novels as a judge in a contest. She was probably not referring to any published books when she wrote this.
9th Jun '17 6:22:22 PM PaulA
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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]][[note]]Yes, ''Shadowrun'' takes place in the American ''North''west. There may have been some misremembering.[[/note]]

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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the them are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]][[note]]Yes, ''Shadowrun'' takes place in the American ''North''west. There may have been some misremembering.[[/note]]
9th Jun '17 2:43:57 AM WillBGood
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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/Shadowrun wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]]

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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/Shadowrun [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]]]][[note]]Yes, ''Shadowrun'' takes place in the American ''North''west. There may have been some misremembering.[[/note]]
9th Jun '17 2:42:33 AM WillBGood
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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/Shadowrun wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]]
28th Apr '17 12:28:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Basically tiny Orcs who live underground. They like to capture human travellers ([[ZergRush their chief tactic while doing so seems to consist of throwing bodies at them until the enemy is overwhelmed]]) and then torture them. They don't seem to do much else.

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* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Basically tiny Orcs Scaly little humanoids who live underground. They like to capture human travellers ([[ZergRush their chief tactic while doing so seems to consist of throwing bodies at them until the enemy is overwhelmed]]) and then torture them. They don't seem to do much else.
19th Mar '17 6:32:20 PM Fireblood
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* EvilOverlord: The Dark Lord, one of whom exists for every Tour trying to destroy everything. However, they can be defeated fairly easily by Tourists near the finale. There are no Dark Ladies, for it seems the Management finds them less sinister.
19th Mar '17 6:25:17 PM Fireblood
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* IKnowYourTrueName: Using PunctuationShaker names is used as a form of protection against this.

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* IKnowYourTrueName: Using PunctuationShaker names is possibly used as a form of protection against this.



* MadeASlave: Two ways this can happen:

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* MadeASlave: Two There're two ways this can happen:
19th Mar '17 5:16:43 PM Theriocephalus
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* DeathMountain: The map features a range of peaks named the Death Mountains in the far north. More generally, the mountains most Tourists will have to cross tend to feature impossibly high, sharp peaks and steep cliffs that don’t seem to have ever been eroded, leading Jones to conclude Fantasyland has never gone through an ice age. This is where you’ll find dwarves, as well as cliff-dwelling clans that live alongside telepathic eagles and hawks.



* ExtrudedBookProduct: The main purpose of this book is to parody the kind of unoriginal, formulaic copycats of Tolkien and Conan novels that seem to flood modern fantasy literature.



* HawaiianShirtedTourist: The [[https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9781568659510-us.jpg cover]] of at least the Daw Books, 1996 edition of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland pictures tourists dressed this way.

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* HawaiianShirtedTourist: The [[https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9781568659510-us.jpg cover]] of at least the Daw Books, 1996 edition of The ''The Tough Guide to Fantasyland Fantasyland'' pictures tourists dressed this way.



* MadeASlave:

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* MadeASlave:MadeASlave: Two ways this can happen:
** Most male Tourists will be captured and enslaved at some point on their Quest, and will become galley slaves or gladiators, at which point they’ll have to win back their freedom.
** The daughters of merchants who were brought along with the caravan will be captured when bandits will inevitably attack; they appear to be the only source of harem slaves.


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* OurOrcsAreDifferent: For all practical purposes, they’re a bigger, better version of goblins used by the Dark Lord.


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* RunningGag: When describing the various peoples you’ll meet on your quest, (elves, dragons, dwarves, marsh dwellers, island people, etc.) Jones mentions in each entry how each group seems to have “a form of magic that no one else can use”. There do not seem to be exceptions. Depending on how many of these groups you meet, you may end up with more examples of exclusive magic than of the regular kind.


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* SwampsAreEvil: Jones distinguishes two kinds: Bogs are essentially patches of deep mud put in your way to slow you down when being chased by Evil in order to provide dramatic tension. Marshes show up later and involve more of the traditional swampland dangers -- swarms of insects, filthy water, mazelike channels and so on.


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* WackyWaysideTribe: Your Tour is certain to include a great deal of people, tribes and incidents that will have little or nothing to do with the theoretical main plot of overthrowing the Dark Lord. Jones goes in great detail on each kind of Tribe you’re likely to come across.
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