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I'm honestly a complete noob to tabletop RPGs, having only read the manuals for DnD 4th edition and never having played, but I'd like to know if an RPG or setting for one exists for China Miéville's book Un Lun Dun. It's a personal favorite, and I think it would make for some great gameplay. If not, how would one go about creating a setting and in which RPG, and how difficult would this be?

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Reading up a bit on Un Lun Dun, I think a) I should start reading Miéville's stuff and b) You definitely don't want to start adapting DnD, which is much too Tolkien-esque. –  Anaphory Mar 11 '13 at 0:27
Are you looking at only D&D rules or would you be open to a different rule set, such a fate for example? –  Sardathrion Mar 11 '13 at 7:54
@Sardathrion I would be completely open to anything, although remember the opening notice- I've got no playing knowledge of tabletop RPGs, so keep that in mind. –  Ness Gardna Mar 12 '13 at 19:27
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There is not anything official/published RPG-wise for Un Lun Dun. There is some adaptation of content for Mieville's world of Bas Lag for D&D 3.5e in Dragon Magazine # 352, one of the last "real" Dragon magazines. China Mieville talks a lot about his playing Dungeons & Dragons and how it informed his novel writing.

Un Lun Dun, however, is more childen-urban-fantasy driven and probably not a good fit for the crunch of D&D. As there's no published game for it specifically you'd have to adapt it yourself, but Little Fears, the role-playing game of childish terror, would be the best direct fit. In a pinch you could probably use Underworld, Monsters and Other Childish Things, or even Dresden Files if forced to. If you want a free one, Neverwhere d6 is based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, and Un Lun Dun is nothing if not Gaimanesque.

Un Lun Dun is very fanciful - there's conflict/combat but it's pretty abstracted, so if you're rolling the content yourself really any rules-light game would serve.

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I don't know the setting, but it sounds like Changeling might also be a reasonable fit? –  YogoZuno Mar 11 '13 at 3:13
Well... Not really, I mean it has a vaguely similar feel but the protagonists of Un Lun Dun are all human, which means you're tossing all but the flavor text, then replacing the flavor text with Un Lun Dun flavor. –  mxyzplk Mar 11 '13 at 3:26
Why force oneself into Dresden, when you could instead do a FATE Core adaptation (I guess the wide-release pdf isn't out yet, just mentioning it because I think it'd be a good fit)? –  Cthos Mar 11 '13 at 5:05
Not a fan of saying "generic system!" for a setting request. May as well say GURPS or Savage Worlds or anything else adaptable - better answers have rules more related to that setting. Dresden has the city-focus and the magic that at least get you somewhat there. –  mxyzplk Mar 11 '13 at 23:01
@mxyzplk - Yeah, there is subtle difference between a setting request and a system recommendation, so it makes sense. –  Cthos Mar 12 '13 at 20:56
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I would also recommend reading Neverwhere which I consider "the original". If you want something more generic GURPS is worth a look. Since Un Lun Dun can contain close to anything as long it is absurd enough you may use several of the GURPS extension books from Blood Types to Black Ops.

Also the Kult RPG might be worth a look. There are many parallels to Un Lun Dun. Kult is not suitable for minors, though.

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Thanks, I'll look at Neverwhere- I've heard about it before. Very much a minor here, so seems like no Kult for me. –  Ness Gardna Mar 12 '13 at 19:08
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