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Into the Odyssey


Into the Odyssey is a game inspired by the rules of the game Into the Odd written by Chris McDowall. It’s a game about facing your destiny in a world inspired by the mythology of ancient Greece, poems like Iliad and Odyssey by Homer and works of writers like Robert Galasso and Eric R. Dodds. The heroes are Greeks - citizens of Polis who were forced by fate to forsake their previous lives. Great deeds of justice, slain monsters, legendary kingdoms and glory await them.

Game also includes:

  • 36 Occupations
  • Traits, epithets, patron gods and occupations to create a lot of unique combinations of characters for players to use
  • Several charts for the creation of interesting scenarios, places, events, objects and NPC’s for Game Masters
  • A bestiary with some of the most recognizable monsters of the Greek mythology
  • List of magic artifacts inspired by some of the most famous items of the Greek mythology
  • And much more in a compressed and easy to learn form
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Laura N March 02, 2023 7:50 pm UTC
I haven't tried the game yet, but I want to comment on the name:
Φ is not a letter I; it's a letter Φ (called "phi") in the Greek alphabet. If you want to spell "ΦNTO" using the Latin alphabet, that would be PHNTO.
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Allan O March 02, 2023 11:16 pm UTC
The same applies to letters in every word on the cover and two more letters just in INTO (ΦΠΤΘ) and they are mixing Greek and Roman alphabets.
Phonetically they have spelt:
I think of this as the use of Greek letters made famous (but not originated by) the college drama-comedy TV show Greek (GRΣΣΚ, grssk).
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Maciej Z March 04, 2023 8:20 pm UTC
I’m not familiar with Greek alphabet and I’m aware that font I use in book is some kind of mix and only stylization on Greek alphabet. It was intentional.
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Jesstin J March 06, 2023 7:21 pm UTC
I apologize in advance, because I recognize this may not be a fair critique, but as someone who studied Greek...the cover and all the header text make me want to gouge my eyes out. Which is too bad, because at a glance the rest of it is a great resource.
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Jesstin J March 06, 2023 8:02 pm UTC
(also, Into the Odyssey is a fantastic pun)
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Maciej Z March 07, 2023 10:26 am UTC
I’m glad you like it ;)
About cover art, I’m aware that there are some art pieces that aren’t very appropriate or exactly matching thematically, but it wasn’t easy to find good open source art to match things I wrote in book. I’m not an expert in Ancient Greek, what exactly about cover art is wrong? I know font is only stylized and it was intentional.
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Jesstin J March 07, 2023 3:24 pm UTC
Yes, I'm sorry to be negative. It was a gut reaction. I definitely plan on reading it through! =)
I have no problem with the art! It's literally only the use of all the Greek letters. Some of the other comments mentioned it, but using Greek letters that resemble English letters turns it into gibberish. Just one example from the title: "ΤΗΣ". Σ is a sigma. Even though it looks like an E, it is the Greek S. So writing THΣ is basically the same as THS. I know it's not a big problem. For most people, they won't give it a second thought. But for anyone that knows Greek, it happens so often that it's basically an in-joke among the community.

Like I said though, as hard as the text is for me to read, it's still not a deal-breaker! Despite that, this looks like a great resource.

(and if you ever want to make an updated version, I have a degree in Latin and Greek and I'd be more than happy to lend a hand lol)
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Maciej Z March 10, 2023 9:22 am UTC
No need to apologize. It’s really valuable to hear opinion from people who have different viewpoint on topic. Thanks.
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