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23rd Sep '17 9:03:06 AM nombretomado
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* {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats]], [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs]], [[KillerGorilla giant apes]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters]].

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* {{Atari}}'s Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats]], [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs]], [[KillerGorilla giant apes]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters]].
14th Sep '17 3:57:42 PM Theriocephalus
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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]]—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.

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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]]—aside unchanged]] -- aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.



** ''The Lost Continent'' (originally known as ''Beyond Thirty'') - the titular continent is Europe, in an AlternateHistory in which UsefulNotes/WorldWarI never ended because eventually no organized government was left to make peace. The United States never entered the war, and in fact made laws forbidding any ship to cross certain lines of longitude (hence the original title).

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** ''The Lost Continent'' (originally known as ''Beyond Thirty'') - -- the titular continent is Europe, in an AlternateHistory in which UsefulNotes/WorldWarI never ended because eventually no organized government was left to make peace. The United States never entered the war, and in fact made laws forbidding any ship to cross certain lines of longitude (hence the original title).



* ''The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'' by F. Scott Fitzgerald is all about an isolated pocket of fantastic wealth hidden in Montana. It's been successfully hidden by its wealthy, urbane, and autocratic owners for generations - but by the time of the story airplane overflight becomes a problem ...

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* ''The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'' by F. Scott Fitzgerald is all about an isolated pocket of fantastic wealth hidden in Montana. It's been successfully hidden by its wealthy, urbane, and autocratic owners for generations - -- but by the time of the story airplane overflight becomes a problem ...problem...



* Gaia's Navel in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is at the center of an inaccessable island (you have to be flown there). It's basically 65,000,000 B.C. from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' in the modern day - it even has a younger {{Expy}} of Ayla, Leah, who joins your party [[spoiler: and is implied to be her mother]].

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* Gaia's Navel in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is at the center of an inaccessable island (you have to be flown there). It's basically 65,000,000 B.C. from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' in the modern day - -- it even has a younger {{Expy}} of Ayla, Leah, who joins your party [[spoiler: and is implied to be her mother]].
12th Sep '17 7:21:11 PM Luppercus
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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.

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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged—aside unchanged]]—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.
5th Aug '17 8:39:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The {{Ghostapo}} (Nazi occultists) believed, among other things, that the Earth was a hollow sphere with a second sun in the center. Another civilization thrived in the inner Earth which could be accessed through a giant hole in the polar cap. Predates the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] though; an old alchemical aphorism states: ''Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultem lapidem''. (Visit the interior of the Earth to find the PhilosophersStone.) This goes back at least to the period of TheChymicalWeddingOfChristianRosenkreuz.
** Actually, the Hollow Earth theory wasn't just held as true by the Ghostapo, it was a ''very'' popular theory when it was introduced. It explained the subtle magnetic changes that the Earth experienced, and why Magnetic North sometimes changes. Combined with the fact that few people had ever been to either of the poles...

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* The {{Ghostapo}} (Nazi occultists) believed, among other things, that Although currently discredited, the HollowWorld theory was once quite popular. From the era of UsefulNotes/{{alchemy}} up until UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many people (including, famously, [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazi occultists]]) believed Earth was a hollow sphere with a second sun in the center. Another civilization thrived in LostWorld on the inner Earth which could be accessed surface. The inner world was supposedly heated by an inner sun and accessible through a giant hole holes in the polar cap. Predates the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] though; an old alchemical aphorism states: ''Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultem lapidem''. (Visit the interior of the Earth to find the PhilosophersStone.) ice caps. This goes back at least to the period of TheChymicalWeddingOfChristianRosenkreuz.
** Actually, the Hollow Earth
theory wasn't just held as true by the Ghostapo, it was a ''very'' popular theory when it was introduced. It explained the Earth's subtle magnetic changes that changes, and the Earth experienced, and why Magnetic North sometimes changes. Combined with notion of holes in the fact that polar ice caps was more plausible back when few people had ever been to either of visited the poles...poles.
19th Jul '17 12:18:54 PM Theriocephalus
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** The Vaults of Orv, the deepest level of the [[BeneathTheEarth Darklands]] far below the surface of Golarion, consist of a series of enormous caverns, each with its own unique (and often quite hostile) environment. Unlike the rest of the underworld, they were made artificially by an advanced race far in the past to serve as arks or experiments of some sort. They’re quite varied, ranging from the nation-sized geode known as the Crystal Womb to the subterranean peaks of the Midnight Mountains to the enormous Sightless Sea. The closest match to this trope would be Deep Tolguth (once connected to the surface Tolguth by long since collapsed tunnels), a tropical cavern full of jungles and swamps home to giant insects, dinosaurs and other monsters, orc and human cavemen, and a city of hostile LizardFolk. [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/mediawiki/images/8/8e/Orv_monster_battle.jpg An illustration of it]] has a giant ''Tyrannosaurus'' fighting a tentacled monster in a jungle.

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** The Vaults of Orv, the deepest level of the [[BeneathTheEarth Darklands]] far below the surface of Golarion, consist of a series of enormous caverns, each with its own unique (and often quite hostile) environment. Unlike the rest of the underworld, they were made artificially by an advanced race far in the past to serve as arks or experiments of some sort. They’re quite varied, ranging from the nation-sized geode known as the Crystal Womb to the subterranean peaks of the Midnight Mountains to the enormous Sightless Sea. The closest match to this trope would be Deep Tolguth (once connected to the surface Tolguth by long since collapsed tunnels), a tropical cavern full of jungles and swamps home to giant insects, dinosaurs and other monsters, as well as orc and human cavemen, cavemen and a city of hostile LizardFolk. [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/mediawiki/images/8/8e/Orv_monster_battle.jpg An illustration of it]] has a giant ''Tyrannosaurus'' fighting a tentacled monster in a jungle.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Fun on a Bun", Fry falls into a hole in a German glacier and discovers a secret tribe of Neanderthals, along with wooly mammoths, [[MisplacedWildlife saber-tooth tigers and giant sloths]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Fun "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E8FunOnABun Fun on a Bun", Bun]]", Fry falls into a hole in a German glacier and discovers a secret tribe of Neanderthals, along with wooly mammoths, [[MisplacedWildlife saber-tooth tigers and giant sloths]].
18th Jul '17 5:34:41 PM Theriocephalus
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* Shambala (sometimes Anglicized as Shangri-la,) a retreat somewhere in the Himalayas that's home to advanced technology and many demi-gods and saints.
** Although it is widely considered to be more like a metaphorical "state" and not a physical place.
* Lemuria, which was believed to be somewhere in the Pacific.

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* Shambala (sometimes Anglicized as Shangri-la,) Shangri-la), a retreat somewhere in the Himalayas that's supposedly home to advanced technology and many demi-gods and saints.
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saints. At least in popular culture and some real-life conspiracy/cryptid-and-[=UFOs=] circles -- otherwise, it is widely considered to be more like a metaphorical "state" state of being and not a physical place.
* Lemuria, which was believed to be somewhere have existed in the Pacific.middle of today's Indian Ocean, started out as a theoretical lost continent/land bridge proposed to explain why there are lemurs in Madagascar and lemur fossils in India but no lemur fossils in Africa or the Middle East (before the question was rendered moot by the development of plate tectonic theory) and eventually developed into a mythical lost continent that was home to an Atlantis-like advanced civilization before sinking beneath the waves.



* {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats,]] [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs,]] [[KillerGorilla giant apes,]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters.]]

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* {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats,]] cats]], [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs,]] dinosaurs]], [[KillerGorilla giant apes,]] apes]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters.]]monsters]].



* The ''[[DeathWorld Zendikar]]'' setting in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is an entire ''plane'' of this, complete with mystical artifacts and [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom horrible death at every turn]] for everyone from [[{{Mooks}} Goblins]] to ''[[PhysicalGod planeswalkers]]''. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that it doubles as the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi's]] [[SealedEvilInACan can]].]]

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* The ''[[DeathWorld Zendikar]]'' setting in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is an entire ''plane'' of this, complete with mystical artifacts artifacts, hidden ruins of ancient cities and temples and [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom horrible death at every turn]] for everyone from [[{{Mooks}} Goblins]] to ''[[PhysicalGod planeswalkers]]''. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that it doubles as the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi's]] [[SealedEvilInACan can]].]]



* The titular Hollow Earth of ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' is all about this trope, featuring never ending jungle, lost civilizations, dinosaurs, and increased healing rates.
** ''Secrets of the Surface World'' supplement. One of these exists on a plateau in the Amazon rain forest. A British expedition reached it and returned, without any proof of their findings but with a fortune in uncut diamonds (a ShoutOut to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1912}}''). There's a hint that the plateau connects to the Hollow Earth mentioned above.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Vaults of Orv deep below the surface of Golarion. One illustration has a giant Tyrannosaurus fighting an eldritch abomination in a jungle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The world is full of unexplored or once-civilized places, but the Exalts can take it to the extreme: when [[EldritchAbomination She Who Lives in Her Name]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed ~90% of the world]], bits and pieces of it were thrown back into The Wyld; theoretically an Exalt with strong Wyld resistance can journey in it find things that were lost, up to and including ''worlds''.

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* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition''
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The titular Hollow Earth of ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' is all about this trope, featuring never ending never-ending jungle, lost civilizations, dinosaurs, and increased healing rates.
** In the ''Secrets of the Surface World'' supplement. One supplement, one of these exists on a plateau in the Amazon rain forest. A British expedition reached it it, and returned, returned without any proof of their findings but with a fortune in uncut diamonds (a ShoutOut to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1912}}''). There's a hint that the plateau connects to the Hollow Earth mentioned above.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''
** Tolguth is a lush, jungle-filled valley deep within
the icy lands of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords in the far north, kept warm by volcanic activity and full of dinosaurs.
** The
Vaults of Orv deep Orv, the deepest level of the [[BeneathTheEarth Darklands]] far below the surface of Golarion. One Golarion, consist of a series of enormous caverns, each with its own unique (and often quite hostile) environment. Unlike the rest of the underworld, they were made artificially by an advanced race far in the past to serve as arks or experiments of some sort. They’re quite varied, ranging from the nation-sized geode known as the Crystal Womb to the subterranean peaks of the Midnight Mountains to the enormous Sightless Sea. The closest match to this trope would be Deep Tolguth (once connected to the surface Tolguth by long since collapsed tunnels), a tropical cavern full of jungles and swamps home to giant insects, dinosaurs and other monsters, orc and human cavemen, and a city of hostile LizardFolk. [[http://pathfinderwiki.com/mediawiki/images/8/8e/Orv_monster_battle.jpg An illustration of it]] has a giant Tyrannosaurus ''Tyrannosaurus'' fighting an eldritch abomination a tentacled monster in a jungle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The world is full of unexplored or once-civilized places, but the Exalts can take it to the extreme: when [[EldritchAbomination She Who Lives in Her Name]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed ~90% of the world]], bits and pieces of it were thrown back into The the Wyld; theoretically an Exalt with strong Wyld resistance can journey in it find things that were lost, up to and including ''worlds''.
15th Jul '17 12:01:52 AM Vir
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It's worth knowing that some elements of this have happened in RealLife, even recently. However, they certainly don't match the scale of a true LostWorld. For example, you might have a tribe that has had no interaction with the outside world for hundreds of years, but not, say, an entire civilization. When it does happen, the LostWorld had been isolated for millennia due to some geological feature which made travel in and out too bothersome to try: the 3 miles wide crater of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bosavi Mount Bosavi]] is almost a textbook case, as it had been thoroughly explored just in 2009, [[TruthInTelevision which ended with discovery of at least 40 previously undescribed species]].

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It's worth knowing that some elements of this have happened in RealLife, even recently. However, they certainly don't match the scale of a true LostWorld.Lost World. For example, you might have a tribe that has had no interaction with the outside world for hundreds of years, but not, say, an entire civilization. When it does happen, the LostWorld Lost World had been isolated for millennia due to some geological feature which made travel in and out too bothersome to try: the 3 miles wide crater of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bosavi Mount Bosavi]] is almost a textbook case, as it had been thoroughly explored just in 2009, [[TruthInTelevision which ended with discovery of at least 40 previously undescribed species]].



* Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' was adapted as [[Film/TheLostWorld a silent film in 1925]], with effects by Willis O'Brien, who also worked on ''Film/KingKong1933''. The film was also adapted in 1960 (with [[SpecialEffectsFailure Giant Lizards in Makeup]] playing Dinosaurs), 1992 (with its own sequel--with Handpuppet Dinosaurs) and 1998 (pilot for the above mentioned TV series).

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* Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' was adapted as [[Film/TheLostWorld a silent film in 1925]], with effects by Willis O'Brien, who also worked on ''Film/KingKong1933''. The film was also adapted in 1960 (with [[SpecialEffectsFailure Giant Lizards in Makeup]] playing Dinosaurs), 1992 (with its own sequel--with Handpuppet Dinosaurs) and 1998 (pilot for the above mentioned above-mentioned TV series).



** Caspak (aka Caprona), a LostWorld within MysteriousAntarctica, the setting for the novel ''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot'' and its sequels.

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** Caspak (aka Caprona), a LostWorld Lost World within MysteriousAntarctica, the setting for the novel ''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot'' and its sequels.



** Several recent authors such as James Rollins or Jeff Long have followed Verne's example, placing their modern LostWorld tales underground, to justify such places having gone undiscovered.

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** Several recent authors such as James Rollins or Jeff Long have followed Verne's example, placing their modern LostWorld Lost World tales underground, to justify such places having gone undiscovered.



* The Hy-yi-yi islands, home of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snouters Snouters,]] are a LostWorld without the ruins. Lots of goofy-looking critters, but for once they're not trying to kill you.

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* The Hy-yi-yi islands, home of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snouters Snouters,]] are a LostWorld Lost World without the ruins. Lots of goofy-looking critters, but for once they're not trying to kill you.



* The ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' episode "Lizard Soldiers of the Third Reich" has [[MadDoctor Joseph Mengele]] performing sinister experiments in a LostWorld tropical plateau [[MysteriousAntarctica in Antarctica]] where dinosaurs, dinosaur-men, jazz-loving ape-men, and NubileSavage women coexist. After Danger 5 arrives there, we receive a [[{{Technobabble}} ludicrously nonsensical explanation]] for how the plateau has been isolated for 65 million years.

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* The ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' ''Series/Danger5'' episode "Lizard Soldiers of the Third Reich" has [[MadDoctor Joseph Mengele]] performing sinister experiments in a LostWorld Lost World tropical plateau [[MysteriousAntarctica in Antarctica]] where dinosaurs, dinosaur-men, jazz-loving ape-men, and NubileSavage women coexist. After Danger 5 arrives there, we receive a [[{{Technobabble}} ludicrously nonsensical explanation]] for how the plateau has been isolated for 65 million years.



** Although it is widely considered to be more like a metaphoral "state" and not a physical place.

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** Although it is widely considered to be more like a metaphoral metaphorical "state" and not a physical place.



* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game-setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' has a long history with this trope, featured in such classic adventures as "Isle of Dread" or "Night's Dark Terror". The Hollow World boxed set converted the interior of the planet into a massive LostWorld a la Pellucidar, chock full of prehistoric creatures and lost civilizations.

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* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game-setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' has a long history with this trope, featured in such classic adventures as "Isle of Dread" or "Night's Dark Terror". The Hollow World boxed set converted the interior of the planet into a massive LostWorld Lost World a la Pellucidar, chock full of prehistoric creatures and lost civilizations.



* Although dinosaurs are not exactly unknown in the rest of the world, Un'Goro Crater of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a distinct LostWorld design.

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* Although dinosaurs are not exactly unknown in the rest of the world, Un'Goro Crater of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a distinct LostWorld Lost World design.



*** And as of ''Mists of Pandaria,'' the Isle of Giants.

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*** ** And as of ''Mists of Pandaria,'' the Isle of Giants.
20th May '17 11:27:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' loves this trope almost as much as Creator/DCComics:

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* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' loves this trope almost as much as Creator/DCComics:



** ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: VideoGame/WorldsOfUltimaTheSavageEmpire'' is set in Eoden, a copy of Doyle's Lost World complete with lost tribes, dinosaurs, and a "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" moment.

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** ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: VideoGame/WorldsOfUltimaTheSavageEmpire'' ''VideoGame/WorldsOfUltimaTheSavageEmpire'' is set in Eoden, a copy of Doyle's Lost World complete with lost tribes, dinosaurs, and a "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" moment.
24th Apr '17 1:30:18 PM Theriocephalus
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-->'''Father Time:''' I forget nothing! There's an occasional typographical error in temporal accounting but . . . ''Dinosaurs?'' Are those '''''DINOSAURS!?!''''' ''Someone get me temporal accounting! Stat!''

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-->'''Father Time:''' I forget nothing! There's an occasional typographical error in temporal accounting but . . .but... ''Dinosaurs?'' Are those '''''DINOSAURS!?!''''' ''Someone get me temporal accounting! Stat!''
23rd Apr '17 12:28:34 AM Rorosilky5
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2: Explorers of Time/Darkness'' features one of these in the penultimate level, the aptly-named Hidden Land. The Hidden Land is so-called because it is ''only exists within a split second of time,'' meaning that [[TimeStandsStill time must be stopped]] before it can be visited.

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2: Explorers ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness'' features one of these in the penultimate level, the aptly-named Hidden Land. The Hidden Land is so-called because it is ''only exists within a split second of time,'' meaning that [[TimeStandsStill time must be stopped]] before it can be visited.
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