The question is: When is your perfect game set?
This is a trick question, right?
While I have certainly played many games in all eras of history, the ones I have the greatest affinity with happen in the past. And preferably during the turmoil of the late 16th century.
Admittedly, I have played many games in that period. I have, however, run quite a few, whether with the classic paperback rules of Alexander Scott’s Maelstrom or my own game of Elizabethan supernatural investigation, The Dee Sanction.
I can’t account for the love of the period with a clear trigger or catalyst. I have enjoyed history since school and I took a degree that focussed on it. However, there’s no one event that I can recall that generated this fascination, which nows means I have well over one hundreds on the Elizabethan period alone. And those aren’t really scratching the surface, as my interests are in magic, the court, exploration and the social structure, without much literative covering the conflicts, the politics or the depths of religion.
So, short answer is Past. Long answer, like the past, is filled with uncertainty and hearsay.
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