So the description of this forum was “thoughts about the game”, so I thought this would be the right place to post this. While looking for the perfect name for our Torchbearer “campaign”, I came across the poem ‘Spell of the Yukon’ and it seemed to touch on a theme or two.
[i][b]I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy—I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it—
Came out with a fortune last fall,—
Yet somehow life’s not what I thought it,
And somehow the gold isn’t all…
There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.[/b][/i]
The phrase ‘Where Silence Has Lease’ is what I’ve chosen. I actually found out later it was the name of a Star Trek TNG episode. Anyway, the idea that it’s not really about the loot - because geez you’ve spent all of it by the time you’ve left town - but it’s the “life” of an adventurer/murdering hobo that calls you on.