Mystical Throne Entertainment is teaming up with Wine and Savages to give away PDF copies of Gilbert Gallo’s gonzo, epic Greek mythology Savage Worlds setting Mythos! Just leave a comment about how Greek mythology has (or hasn’t) shaped your own gaming experiences and I will randomly draw names on October 18th, 2013. THERE WILL BE ONE WINNER FOR EVERY TEN COMMENTS!
One of the ironies I found most amusing about my interview with Mythos author Gilbert Gallo was that he – an Italian, a resident of the home of sword-and-sandal movies – stated he first got to know Greek mythology through classes in high school, whereas I – an American, born in Kansas and a Texan for the last thirty years – was deeply steeped in Greek mythology from grade school.
I’m pretty sure my first exposure to Greek mythology was with the tenth volume of Disney’s Wonderful World of Knowledge -- an illustrated encyclopedia series that began publishing a couple of years before I was born – though it easily could have been the 1977 re-release of Fantasia instead. I know I must have also seen the cheap-ass animated series The Mighty Hercules in decade-old reruns during that time too, since I got the references to it on MST3K. I know I was familiar with Perseus well before the original Clash of the Titans premiered – and I distinctly remember buying my Pegasus figure at a collectibles shop that also sold Dungeons & Dragons -- but I also know I didn’t get my copy of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths until a couple of years later.
My introduction to RPGs came through my love of mythology when my mother bought me a copy of the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. Even though I’ve been gaming for decades, it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve actually done any Greco-Roman gaming. Dionysus has become my go-to Jesus substitute in alternate history settings and Robin and I ran our own demigod campaign using a house-ruled hand-waving of the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion several months before Mythos was published.
Leave your story of how Greek mythology has influenced your view of fantasy or affected your gaming (or even how it hasn’t) and you’ll be entered in the random drawing (or perhaps die roll) to win a copy of Mythos!