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mawilson4 wrote:
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Who remembers this ?


That's actually a tech-generation or two later than what I remember (Sim City 2000). I'm not used to feeling TOO old on this site, but if this is your nostalgia, then I'm about to shake my cane at you to get you off my lawn.



Actually, I was playing the first version of Sim City, but I couldn't find an image of it on the internet.
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Cicely, Alaska.

It is a convergence of modern myth.

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I think I like Sanctuary as a fantasy city.
+1 to that.

—photograph by Patrick Sponaugle

I read Tolkien first, but, as noted, the urban descriptions are paltry. Sanctuary was the first fantasy city I could imagine myself walking around. Plus, it has all the best scoundrels.
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I'm surprised people are listing Tolkien cities. There are some from the Silmarillion, true, but there's really nothing in Lord of the Rings that is fleshed out enough to have a good sense of.

I love Gondolin before the fall, that city is more fleshed out, since it fell from betrayal within (and had tunnels!) But it doesn't make it into my top ten list of best fictional cities.

Númenor would be in that list, but as it is an allegory of Atlantis it is a city and an island and a nation. Since it is more than just a city, I left it out of this QOTD.
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simon r green's nightside

I actually prefer his Haven from the Hawk & Fisher series. It's a very nice city that mixes bits of Lankhmar and Ankh-Morpork.
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What is your favorite fictional city (from novels, games, or anywhere), and why?
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Ah well, from anywhere? In that case, I choose any number of the cities in my D&D fantasy world. They are the best cities in all the multiverse, for I have created them. laugh
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Roanapur from the anime Black Lagoon.

It has at least three major organized crime groups, a distinct lack of non-corrupt police, and a church full of gunrunners. It has everything a group of characters on the edge of lawlessness needs for adventure (much like the lead characters in the show).
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The FOQNEs (Franchised Organized Quasi-National Entities) of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash are such a vivid picture of a post-modern civilization. It's an apocalyptic setting without the apocalypse.

And then he further refines that in The Diamond Age with his phyles, which are a maturation of the concept. It's a full realization of anarcho-capitalism, with all of its benefits and warts. New Chusan is a beautiful and realized city, and old Shanghai is portrayed beautifully.
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adularia25 wrote:
Spleen23 wrote:
simon r green's nightside

I actually prefer his Haven from the Hawk & Fisher series. It's a very nice city that mixes bits of Lankhmar and Ankh-Morpork.


Hawk and Fisher once had a drink in Strangefellows.
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Nessus from Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series.

"A few of the rooms into which I looked held walls in which there had once ticked a thousand or more clocks of various kinds, and though all were dead now, their chimes silenced and their hands corroded at hours that would never come again, I thought them good omens for one who sought the Atrium of Time."

A close second is the city castle of Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake.

“The castle was round and about them, widespread and as un-chartable as a dark day.”
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Ankh Morpork, City State of the Invincible Overlord, and TunFaire.

All for different reasons of course.
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Well, it's between Gotham City (Batman) and Mos Eisley (Star Wars).

Mos Eisley just steals it. I've ran that many RPG adventures around Mos Eisley I feel I know the city like I live there. cool
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Some background on the question- I was creating a city for a campaign that I was starting, and just looking through the options in doing so brought the question to mind.

For me, I love the cities that are a strange melange of different ideas and stretch the idea of how a city is defined, so Sigil, Sharn, London in Mortal Engines, and Nexus are my front-runners.
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Metropolis

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The city (Blame)

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Olh (La clé des confins) this one is really detailed.(rpg ready)

From cartoons:
Bregna (Aeon Flux)

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Imrryr the Beautiful, the Dreaming City. Not least for inspiring one of my favourite Hawkwind songs.
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I really love New Crobuzon from Perdido Street Station. Its weirdness, the way it is described in the book. When I read it, it was the first time I really "smelled/heard/sensed" a fictive city.
It's been a while since I've been back to it, but I recall loving Mieville's world-building a heck of a lot more than his characters, and I think Armada from The Scar was his crowning glory: a constantly moving city comprised of disparate commandeered naval vessels, all soldered and lashed together in aesthetically erratic but entirely functional ways, with increasingly excessive means to power such a huge construct across the ocean. Gorgeous.
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I really love New Crobuzon from Perdido Street Station. Its weirdness, the way it is described in the book. When I read it, it was the first time I really "smelled/heard/sensed" a fictive city.
It's been a while since I've been back to it, but I recall loving Mieville's world-building a heck of a lot more than his characters, and I think Armada from The Scar was his crowning glory: a constantly moving city comprised of disparate commandeered naval vessels, all soldered and lashed together in aesthetically erratic but entirely functional ways, with increasingly excessive means to power such a huge construct across the ocean. Gorgeous.


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Atlantis, of course, would be excellent. El Dorado is, by all accounts, a great place.

For gaming, Talismonde would be superb.
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Now for just plain weirdness I love Scorch One from Wizards...That Ian Miller art is brilliant and Bakshi is a sick genius.
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Gotham City. This came to me first since I am watching Batman TAS right now with my son. Never would I want to live there but that place sure has some personality and great stories.

Another shoutout to Hobbiton. It may not be a city per se but that is a place I would want to live. Hanging out with people all day and eating food? Yes please.

Menzoberranzan. Another place I would stay as far from as possible but the culture is fascinating.

Cloud City. Now that would be a hip place.
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Oh yeah, I also really love Sunnydale from Buffy. I love cities and towns that seem like they would be a happy place to live with lots of sunshine but turns out to have some kind of dark and evil secret.
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Washington, D.C., while purely fictional, is based on a real place. devil
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"The City" from A|State is pretty well constructed and a very good gothic/noir place to grab ideas from.
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