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Sunday, April 15, 2012

"B" is for...

BONGOLESIA


The brainchild of Mike Murphy, Bongolesia has to be the quintessential modern imagi-nation. Born from the AK-47 gaming of its creator, the fictitious African nation has taken on a life of its own over the years. It has its own Facebook presence and Rebel Minis has even made a stand-alone game inspired by and named after it. All of this is pretty damned cool for what originally began as a lark.

So, why is Bongolesia important to me? Well without Bongolesia, there would be no Crisis in Alcovia. The success of Bongolesia and its blend of tongue in cheek humor along with very serious, and real modern commentary was the template for the modern woes in my own imaginary Balkan nation. I don't think I am alone in this either and Bongolesia could be seen as the grandfather of modern imagi-nations when imagi-nations had normally been the stuff of more fantastic settings, scifi, or earlier eras in human history.

So, hat's off and a hearty "Huzzah!" to Murph for his inventiveness and imagination and for sparking imitators and inspiring new creations. not many guys can say that they have had their goofy blog turned into it's own game.


4 comments:

  1. I agree! I started an Imagi-Nation inspired by Bongolesia called Puerto Mierda.

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  2. Bongolesia is the benchmark by which all others are measured, it's simply awesome.

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  3. I took Bongolesia back to its colonial era roots, since it is the source for Bongolesian Oxygen Plant (aka Oxyweed).

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  4. I've been toying with the idea of jumping on this bandwagon too. I created a fictional country (in a fictional world) several years ago called Katsua for a story I was going to write, but never did. Ever since I discovered the Alcovia blog, I've been getting the itch to do something with it. The main difference would be that the Katsua blog would be fiction-based, since I don't war game - news reports, vignettes, the occasional short story, that sort of thing.

    I hope there's room on the bandwagon.

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