W for Witcher

My 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge revisits my best posts from the 2014 to 2019 Challenges.

W for Witcher (2018)

Even now when I’ve played some other excellent games, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt remains my favourite and the benchmark as I game on. I still have more of the enjoyable books that inspired the games. Plus, the Netflix adaptation lived up to expectations with my wife and I watching Series One religiously.

I’ve also started playing Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, which satisfies my unsated fascination with the Witcher-world and addiction to Gwent, the card-game in Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Recommended for those of a like disposition.

On the other hand, exploring the literature and folklore behind this game was one of the reasons I began my investigation into the creative Origins of various On-line Games. Unlike other games, the roots are Slavic so took me down some new rabbit holes – ones I’ve used elsewhere. Skadi meets Baba Yaga?

I will post about other games that were relevant in 2018 and still are meaningful.

Links to my other 2020 A to Z posts can be found here: https://rolandclarke.com/blogging-from-a-to-z/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-2020/

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11 thoughts on “W for Witcher

    • Baba Yaga is scary, EC, so I commiserate. However, she has a positive side behind the frightening image projected. Unfortunately, nature spirits get twisted by superstition and folk tales re-told.


    • When I was a child, we lived in a Victorian cottage in West Melbourne, with a back yard toilet. My mother used to scare my sister with Baba Yaga to discourage her from going through the yard at night. (Neither of them remembers this!) These days Baba Yaga tends to be something of a feminist icon! 😉

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      • From my research – to write a Skadi story – Baba Yaga seemed to have links to the Earth mother folklore, although she was primarily portrayed as ‘evil’. Also, when I was researching all the ‘firebird’ avenues for my IWSG Anthology story, the tale where Vasilisa encounters Baba Yaga was unusual – exposing Baba Yaga’s positive side. My heroine in the IWSG tale is named after Vasilisa.

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    • I hadn’t really noted the books until I played the third game. Since then I’ve become delved deeper into the Witcher universe – even playing the Gwent card game physically and digitally. I’ve just finished a Witcher-related card game as well.

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