My esteemed friend and fellow Flagon did point out some cool things that Troy Denning did write.
I can't blame him for the Maztica crap. That was all Douglas Niles.
But I sure as hell can blame him for the Tuigan!
My point on this wasn't really to bash on any published author.
I mean, they ARE published and all I do is post stuff on my blog and on some LE Forums.
Who the hell am I?
But, my point is that I simply can't understand why we take a FANTASY world and inundate it with stories inspired by events, wars and calamities that took place in our world.
If I had wanted that, I wouldn't have bought the Old Grey Box in the first place!
I simply would have had PCs adventuring in Scotland until they took ship for Spain and the characters could then have sailed for South America where they, rather than Cortez, could have slaughtered all the Mayans and the Aztecs.
But I didn't want to play in this world.
I guess it wouldn't sell as well if your campaign setting had the major race of PC as Gibbering Mouthers.
Most of the monsters ARE based on legends from our own world's cultures, so it probably came naturally to simply include those same cultures where the MMI, MMII, and FF got their inspiration.
(However, I ain't never heard of anybody, including those crazy Egyptians, having a Rust Monster.)
Now I know why Waterson won't sell out Calvin & Hobbes.
Personally, I will use almost all of Greenwood's stuff. I still think the Ravenloft module is one of the best ever made, but I will adapt it for FR use, and if I ever get to run and Oriental Adventures campaign again, I will probably still use the trail map for simplicity's sake. But it's gonna have a different feel than the Asia of this earth.
(No General Tso's Chicken!)
The martial arts will be different. I can accpet ninjas and samurai, but ninjas will really be able to turn into smoke and the samurai's sword WILL be his soul!
I grew to dislike the Mortal Kombat thing, but the one idea of the martial arts being linked to white and black magic.....I find that appealing.
A kung-fu punch that damages your soul as well as your body?
I'm right there!
Lots of possibilities!
So let's explore those and skip the Mongolian invasion and the slaughter of millions of obsidian club wielding, naked natives.