Hi folks, and Happy Impending 2020!
As a present to you for the new year, I thought I’d pass along the Spotify playlists that I’ve put together for games of LOCAL & WEIRD with my friends. I’ve gotten some compliments on them, so I thought maybe others would enjoy them too, either for tabletop roleplaying or just as background music for anything else, really.
I didn’t want the usual epic fantasy orchestral stuff that most people turn to by default for background music in tabletop roleplaying games. No disrespect to the soundtracks to LotR, GoT and The Witcher, or people who rely on that sort of thing in this capacity, but that genre just isn’t the right fit for LOCAL & WEIRD, which is too contemporary, too urban, and often far too goofy for that kind of musical accompaniment. I had to look elsewhere…
I knew I wanted different playlists for different moods, so I started there, creating categories based on the needs of a tabletop roleplaying session: in combat, out of combat, etcetera. I then went looking for tracks to populate those categories, exclusively looking for things that I found enjoyable enough to hear over and over again, but also not too attention-grabby. See, I find music with words far too distracting at the gaming table, always pulling my focus away from conversations against my will, so I stuck to stuff that doesn’t have that effect on me. A few of the tracks I ended up using do have some vocals in them, but they’re never the main focus, and they’re either wordless vocalizations, or they’re in a language I don’t understand, or they’re just very brief vocal samples.
I ended up relying on a few sources a fair bit, as you’ll see if you scrutinize these lists. Some of it comes from movie or videogame soundtracks, and that feels a bit like cheating for some reason, but the tracks in question were too good to pass up. A lot of it is fairly recent stuff, but a few of the gems on there are tracks I remembered from long ago that seemed like they would be a good fit.
Anyway, I’ll keep adding to these over time, as I discover new stuff and rediscover old stuff that could fit into the various categories I’ve got. And I’ll try to keep the lists organized in such a way that one can just hit play and let them run, if that’s what one is looking for.
L&W TRAVEL PLAYLIST, light and casual tunes for exploring, travelling and figuring out what to do next.
L&W TREADING CAREFULLY PLAYLIST, a tense soundtrack for sneaking and delving into places one probably should’ve avoided altogether.
L&W COMBAT PLAYLIST, a series of slapping bangers for when you need to throw the eff down.
L&W QUIETUDE PLAYLIST, chill tracks for moments of rest, relaxation and quiet wonder.
L&W SPOOKY PLAYLIST, for those moments when things get especially creepy, dark and/or ominous.
L&W ENDINGS PLAYLIST, because sometimes you need to find just the right mood for the end of a session or a campaign. This playlist gives you some options on that front, from the celebratory to the mournful.
My sister’s partner – DA Chabot – has been getting really into woodworking, and recently got a laser for woodcutting and logo burning for his home business making and selling boxes for the storage of fly fishing flies: www.timberandfins.com/. He’s not much of a tabletop gamer, but I did mention to him that there’s a market out there for dice boxes and other nerdy paraphernalia, in case he was looking to diversify. I didn’t think much would come of that, forgot all about it shortly thereafter, but then – this Xmas – he presents me with THIS gorgeous thing:
Isn’t that amazing? It’s a homemade dice rolling tower! With my logo and the font and the goddamn map of Montreal?! So pretty and so thoughtful! And it works perfectly!
So yeah, kudos, DA, on winning Xmas this year, and on the beautiful and incredibly classy work you’ve been doing in crafting fishing supplies.
If you know anyone who loves fly fishing, make sure you send them to www.timberandfins.com/! Or order them something from the site and surprise them!
So, the site is live and operational, now visible to both the public and search engines (though it’s still not all that easy to find without the right link or keyword). That’s already kind of a big deal for me, though I’m well aware that I’ll need to do a lot more to get this place noticed. I have some plans with regards to that, including some semi-regular blogging right here and more promotion across social media. Unfortunately, I don’t see myself having the time and the energy needed to start doing that in earnest until sometime in December or January, on account of how busy I’ll be at my day job until then.
Until then, I’ll poke at it here and there, mostly just gently reminding friends and family that this place exists, and that there are fun things here to check out for free. Hopefully that gets a little bit of word-of-mouth going and builds a bit of momentum to get things started.
I want to thank you for taking the time to check this place out, whoever you are and however you got here! If you know anyone you think might be interested in any of the projects available on here, I’d love it if you could nudge them this way, but don’t feel any pressure.
All the best!