View Full Version : Settings from the Immortal Bard...

04-22-2009, 09:47 PM
Timon's Athens, Hamlet's Castle Elsinore, Othello's (or The Merchant's) Venice, maybe even the woods haunted by Titania and Oberon on Misummer's Night. Entries would pick a setting from any of Shakespeare's plays. Plenty of liscence and a range of scales (ok, I'm not sure how many regional scales I could find, but there may be some...). So as not to exclude any less familiar with Shakespeare's works, a list of possible suggestions with varied scales might be included in the Challenge description. Yea, or Nay?

04-22-2009, 11:51 PM
It's an interesting idea seeing as how there are numerous real life places in his works. If nothing else it serves for inspirational purposes but I kind of like the notion. Of course I've never read anything by him...literature is not my strong suit, but maybe I could find something interesting.

04-23-2009, 01:04 AM
I'd do castle MacBeth, since Duncan Irwin the king who is poisoned by MacBeth and Duncan's son who slays MacBeth and his son by the end of the play, were supposedly my ancestors on my grandmother's side. :D

Of course since the historical period of these events were pre-Norman invasion, Anglo-Saxon Britain I would strive to match the period more than how the play is generally portrayed which is anachronistically hundreds of years later in setting and costume.

If I had such a thing as time to do it, of course!


Steel General
04-23-2009, 07:21 AM
Sounds interesting...

04-23-2009, 04:03 PM
Two thumbs up from me....I'd love to do Midsummer Nights' dream!

04-23-2009, 06:02 PM
One of my favorite sayings is "full of sound and fury but signifying nothing". Don't know which work it's from but I'd like to map something more abstract like that.

04-25-2009, 01:11 PM
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 5, scene 5

Yeah, I think you're missing out, Ascension, but you're not alone. Many view the archaic language as an obstacle, and it is. (When I went to go see the latest film production of Midsummer's Night Dream I was laughing alone for at least half the jokes.) I don't know of any easy way to overcome it, either.

I would love to see Ravells' map of Midsummer, and Gamerprinter's Castle MacBeth, even if this doesn't become the challenge. Hamlet's castle Elsinore is probably where I would take it (I need to work on my castles). Just food for thought...

04-25-2009, 01:46 PM
Dude, that's cool. Guess I should work more on my literature knowledge base. Guess I'll have to map The Tempest.

04-25-2009, 02:10 PM
Yeah! Perfect! (A bit of a mirror for your dark and stormy soul, perhaps?)You've chosen one I haven't read. I'd love to see it. There's probably a movie to give you an idea of setting. Shakespeare's complete works list the scene as; A ship at Sea; an island. The synopsis intrigues me, I'll have to read it

05-04-2009, 02:28 PM
This is a great idea - and the Baz Luhrman adaptation of Romeo and Juliet means that even the modern day mappers can get in on the act - though of course you do a location as it looks now. The lazy ones amongst us can do the blasted heath :) (green, green, brown, green, witch, green, brown....)

04-29-2010, 04:33 PM
I really like this idea!

04-29-2010, 06:46 PM
This is a solid idea for a challenge.

05-01-2010, 02:30 AM
...the Baz Luhrman adaptation of Romeo and Juliet...

Totally second this one. I'm a fan of the original works, of course, but this one was just classic. Fair Verona Beach...

05-04-2010, 06:53 PM
You gotta like an author who talks about, "carrion men, groaning for burial," "As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on." Wouldn't know how to map these, but they're fun to pop into a conversation.

05-05-2010, 09:22 PM
I'm not a fan of Shakespeare at all, so I'm actually going to have to say nay on this one.

05-07-2010, 12:50 AM
I really like doing maps that I can turn around and use in a game, so I am not a fan of doing maps that are too restrictive. And while I do love the poetry of Shakespeare, it does not exactly inspire me to go out and make maps. I would rather skip Shakespeare and go to the source if I was going to make up a faerie grove, and I doubt I will ever have need or want to map Verona.

05-07-2010, 11:06 PM
A rose, by any other name, would still point north.

And they say the bard doesn't inspire cartographers.