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What is the difference between Medieval and Fantasy?

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When it comes to gaming, what is the difference between a medieval setting and a fantasy setting? And then between medieval and historical? Is this just people trying to split mmo's into as many categories as they can? Or is there a large difference between the groups?

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medieval - world setting as that time period, with items/places/characters that *could* possibly have existed in real life (food, island castle, soldier)

fantasy - items/places/characters that *cannot* possibly have existed in real life (elixir of health/floating in the air castle/centaur)

historical - items/places/characters that *did* actually exist in real life (Atom Bomb/New York City/Al Copone)


just my thinking

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yeah, I agree with ncsu121978

Historical settings follow our history, medieval add possible but fictional figures and/or objects and fantasy settings mix dragons, potions and elves into it all.

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Fantasy comes in many different flavors because it is compatible with every historical setting as well as a-historical settings like alien worlds where humans have never been heard of. "High fantasy", the kind which is so common in gaming after being popularized by Tolkien and Dungeons and Dragons, is really a narrow subgenre of fantasy.

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I'm not sure that anyone would recognize it as fantasy without magic and/or some non-human race like elves. High fantasy has been nearly the only fantasy for a long time.

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A fantasy level 80 kills dragons by his lonesome while a level 80 medieval guy commands 40.000 foot and 5.000 horse. I don't think there are medieval RPGs, just strategy games, but i've not played that many RPGs.

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Original post by JasRonq
I'm not sure that anyone would recognize it as fantasy without magic and/or some non-human race like elves. High fantasy has been nearly the only fantasy for a long time.


*sweatdrop* Only to people who don't read books... But almost all fantasy has magic of some variety. 'Low fantasy' can also have non-human races, just preferably not elves, dwarves, etc.

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Original post by Dasha
When it comes to gaming, what is the difference between a medieval setting and a fantasy setting?

Fantasy has dragons, magic, and happy endings. Medieval has hordes of huns and bubonic plague.

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Medieval is just a time period, just like the renaissance or postmodern world. Fantasy is a genre (things that doesn't exist in the real world), so a medieval fantasy would take place in a medieval era with fantasy elements such as dragons, magic etc. And fantasy doesn't just mean elves and dwarfs and stuff like that.

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