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31st Dec '15 5:58:50 PM dvorak
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Roleplay'' certainly deserves a mention, especially in the older editions, before heroics started to leak in from the battlegame.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Roleplay'' certainly deserves a mention, especially in the older editions, before heroics started to leak in from the battlegame.battlegame. !!'''The Epic Fails''' * ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' relies too much on shock value, and just ends up as disgusting rather than dark.
18th Sep '15 9:56:45 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and the HBO series ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with AnyoneCanDie in full swing. The list of dead characters is longer than the list of surviving characters.
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and the HBO series ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with AnyoneCanDie in full swing. The list of dead characters is longer than the list of surviving characters. It also acts a massive {{Deconstruction}}, picking apart just about every trope and character archetype found in more standard fantasy works to the bone.
8th Jul '14 3:16:35 PM Vazira
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* ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Cthulhu Mythos]]'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.
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* ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Cthulhu Mythos]]'' ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.
8th Jul '14 11:27:08 AM Vazira
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* ''Franchise/TheCthulhuMythos'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.
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* ''Franchise/TheCthulhuMythos'' ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Cthulhu Mythos]]'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.
8th Jul '14 11:26:22 AM Vazira
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* ''TheCthulhuMythos'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.
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* ''TheCthulhuMythos'' ''Franchise/TheCthulhuMythos'' is a great of this genre with [[EvilGod evil gods]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s galore. Whilst magic isn't present, it doesn't mean that the wrong word won't attract unwanted attention. As it is set in our world, it is however lacking in general nastiness.

* ''{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Roleplay'' certainly deserves a mention, especially in the older editions, before heroics started to leak in from the battlegame.
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* ''{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Roleplay'' certainly deserves a mention, especially in the older editions, before heroics started to leak in from the battlegame.
3rd Apr '14 8:47:06 AM babyhenchy1
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It's quite easy to look at the Tropes in {{Fantasy}} and twist them to suit the darker tone. Maybe a retelling of a classic fairy tale like Literature/{{Snow White|and the seven dwarfs}} or Literature/SleepingBeauty but adding a darker flavour to the tale? Some AlternateCharacterInterpretation can play into this, a previously good character could quite easily be twisted into a {{Chessmaster}} villain who is simply putting on a [[BitchInSheepsClothing cute and innocent act]] to [[BatmanGambit achieve their own ends]].
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It's quite easy to look at the Tropes in {{Fantasy}} and twist them to suit the darker tone. Maybe a retelling of a classic fairy tale like Literature/{{Snow White|and the seven dwarfs}} or Literature/SleepingBeauty but adding a darker flavour to the tale? Some AlternateCharacterInterpretation can play into this, a previously good character could quite easily be twisted into a {{Chessmaster}} villain who is simply putting on a [[BitchInSheepsClothing cute and innocent act]] to [[BatmanGambit achieve their own ends]]. ends]]. Putting focus on political elements within the fantasy world can also greatly fuel the GreyAndGrayMorality.
3rd Apr '14 8:41:09 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' and the HBO series GameOfThrones with AnyoneCanDie in full swing. The list of dead characters is longer than the list of surviving characters.
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and the HBO series GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with AnyoneCanDie in full swing. The list of dead characters is longer than the list of surviving characters.
17th Dec '13 5:54:55 AM aurora369
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* Use racism. Averting the high-fantasy alliance of standard fantasy races and making them hate each other helps estabilish a dark fantasy atmosphere. They may even not be corrupted or evil, but believe that everyone but them is corrupted and evil.
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* Use racism. Averting the high-fantasy alliance of standard fantasy races and making them hate each other helps estabilish a dark fantasy atmosphere. They may even not be corrupted or evil, but believe that everyone but them is corrupted and evil. And a high-fantasy climactic victory of said alliance over your chosen Threat to the Entire World becomes impossible. Perhaps forging an empire with blood and steel will work instead?
17th Dec '13 5:50:05 AM aurora369
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* Use racism. Averting the high-fantasy alliance of standard fantasy races and making them hate each other helps estabilish a dark fantasy atmosphere. They may even not be corrupted or evil, but believe that everyone but them is corrupted and evil.

** DeliberateValuesDissonance: As part of the above, you might show that many past cultures had moral systems that don't mesh with our own. Slavery, DomesticAbuse, [[OldManMarryingAChild child marriage]] and the like may be an accepted part of the setting's culture.
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** DeliberateValuesDissonance: As part of the above, you might show that many past cultures had moral systems that don't mesh with our own. Slavery, DomesticAbuse, [[OldManMarryingAChild child marriage]] marriage]], racism, class elitism and the like may be an accepted part of the setting's culture.
17th Dec '13 5:45:55 AM aurora369
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* Magic it is fantasy we speak of, after all. It is not strictly necessary to do anything specific with magic in your story, but it's got a great potential. Many Dark Fantasy stories, as you would imagine, take the opportunity. There's a reason tropes like MagicIsEvil and BlackMagic exist. You may build upon real-world stories and legends, which offer plenty of examples to pick from. It could include grisly prices such as a DealWithTheDevil or HumanSacrifice, or just as well, magic users are [[VainSorceress not]] [[BlackMage nice]] [[EvilSorcerer people]] [[WickedWitch either]]. Anyway, even without all of that, it's pretty much given it won't be about harmless joy and helping upstart heroes.
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* Magic it is fantasy we speak of, after all. It is not strictly necessary to do anything specific with magic in your story, but it's got a great potential. Many Dark Fantasy stories, as you would imagine, take the opportunity. There's a reason tropes like MagicIsEvil and BlackMagic exist. You may build upon real-world stories and legends, which offer plenty of examples to pick from. It could include grisly prices such as a DealWithTheDevil or HumanSacrifice, or just as well, magic users are [[VainSorceress not]] [[BlackMage nice]] [[EvilSorcerer people]] [[WickedWitch either]]. Your wizarding order may be a tyrannical magocracy that meddles in the affairs of empires and believes in wizard supremacy over muggles - or in their order's supremacy over "witches", "hedge-magicians" or whatever slur they prefer for independent magic users. Anyway, even without all of that, it's pretty much given it won't be about harmless joy and helping upstart heroes.
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