Not Every 'Fantasy' World Has To Be European

Remember, not every "fantasy" world has to have knights and castles. Aurion, legacy of the Kori-Odan is a new game from a developer based in Cameroon that explores "a wonderful African Fantasy world".

That's the kind of setting I'll admit I haven't played much of; the last I can remember off the top of my head was Quest For Glory III, and, ahem, that was a very long time ago.

Aurion is an action-RPG, and it's currently up on Steam Greenlight.


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    I'm glad you mentioned QFG3, Luke. I've read a lot of articles about Aurion since their crowdfunding campaign in 2013 and most news sources claim it's "the first game with an African fantasy setting". That makes me sad, because the Quest for Glory series was brilliant and deserves to be recognised for visiting a number of non-traditional fantasy settings, and doing each of them real justice.

    I'm curious to see how they make this an "African Fantasy" world because the write up sounded like a "European fantasy" plot of usurping thrones, coup d-etats and political marriages with an African aesthetic. Hopefully there is actually a lot of African mythology and culture in it because while fantasy RPGs have a lot of American, Asian, European, Native American, Norse or Greco-Roman themes and culture, African culture tends to be stereotyped and generalised when it's included. Some of my favourite RPGs have been things like Shadow Hearts and Terranigma because of their multi-cultural settings so I've put in my vote.

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    It's a good thing not every "fantasy" is European, then. Is this a trope? I could've sworn I've played fantasy games that make us of a whole host of different backgrounds and cultures. I'm not sure African culture was generalized or purposefully ignored any more than another culture. I think it's pretty safe to assume the absence of african mythology has more to do with very few people having three-dimensional knowledge of it.

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