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SHARK:
Greetings!

Have any of you run a Neolithic Campaign? Essentially, a world running from hunter-gatherers to the advent of agriculture, and the Copper Age. In our own historical frame, something like 10,000 BC to about 4,000 BC. This would be *before* the rise of China or Egypt, let alone Greece or Rome. India, too, was similarly primitive during this period. This would also be *before* the Bronze Age.

In my campaign world of Thandor, I have some regions, or entire continents that are more or less in the Neolithic Age.

Very interesting time period, to be sure! All kinds of tribes wandering around, huge migrations going on.

A land of immense forests, glaciers, ice walls. Lots of marshes and bogs. People riding around on horses, but definitely no stirrups. Mostly getting about by walking, or by using a primitive kind of boat. Some also using rough, four-wheeled wagons pulled by two horses. Weapons crafted from bone, animal horn, wood, and copper. Obsidian is also popular. Seashells, amber, furs, and pottery are popular trade goods.

During such a rough time period, there are no kings yet, or much of a social stratification. Huge numbers of wild animals everywhere.

It is also pretty neat that during such times, there can be dramatic climactic changes, resulting in islands and peninsulas being created, or some islands disappearing beneath the waves.

Interesting stuff!

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

Pat:
Nope, but a long time ago I ran an Ice Age game, with the emphasis on tribe and survival. Expanding into the neolithic would allow more complex social structures and a more diverse world.

Have you seen Arthdal Chronicles? It's a Korean historical fantasy tv show. It's based in the Bronze Age, but in a very early part of it (bronze is a secret of one clan), with lots of throwbacks to more primitive periods. It's amazingly rich, with cities, politics, religion, and more.

Tantavalist:
Not a TTRPG, or even a CRPG, but the Dawn of Man computer game has given me thoughts on using a Neolithic society as a setting.  The game is very good at showing exactly what kind of technology was available in the Stone Age- it was far more than the skin-clad cavemen the most people think was what pre-dated the Bronze Age. In reality, even just thinking about things for a moment should tell people that there must have been a few more steps in between Mammoth Hunter Tribes and Gilgamesh's Sumeria. And these represent a longer period than the whole of recorded history.

Obviously we don't have anything concrete about what cultures were like back then. But Native Americans would be a good place to learn more- prior to the arrival of Europeans most of the Americas would still count as Neolithic in terms of technology. And they were surprisingly sophisticated- proof that primitive and stupid are not the same thing. (And the Aztecs and Incas showed that despite the name you could technically advance to something resembling the Bronze Age without discovering Bronze.)

Pat:

--- Quote from: Tantavalist on May 17, 2021, 09:36:02 PM ---(And the Aztecs and Incas showed that despite the name you could technically advance to something resembling the Bronze Age without discovering Bronze.)

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And even without Bronze-equivalents, there was a lot range in the Neolithic. Fixed settlements growing into fortified cities, wars, farming, domesticated animals and plants, complex trade arrangements, art, and religion. The towers, burial mounds, henges, and so on all required a lot of labor, so there were probably kings/queens and dynasties able to command the people, with the emergence of empires toward the end.

SHARK:

--- Quote from: Pat on May 17, 2021, 09:08:04 PM ---Nope, but a long time ago I ran an Ice Age game, with the emphasis on tribe and survival. Expanding into the neolithic would allow more complex social structures and a more diverse world.

Have you seen Arthdal Chronicles? It's a Korean historical fantasy tv show. It's based in the Bronze Age, but in a very early part of it (bronze is a secret of one clan), with lots of throwbacks to more primitive periods. It's amazingly rich, with cities, politics, religion, and more.

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Greetings!

Hmmm...The Arthdal Chronicles? No, I'm afraid I've never heard of that series, Pat! It sounds cool, though! How did you come across it?

Indeed, as more and more archeology and research comes out about the Neolithic Age, especially so in Europe, it is very exciting. Huge towns/Cities have been uncovered in the Ukraine and Danube regions--that held 10,000 to 15,000 people, in 6000 BC. Before Egypt, and this one historian said at the time, these Neolithic European urban centers were the *largest* anywhere on earth. Fascinating!

The ancient Bulgarians were crafting fine gold, and the whole Danube region was exploding with civilization, agriculture, and increasingly sophisticated knowledge.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

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