Pop Quiz! Name as many factions in Mad Max: Fury Road as you can.
Can you name any? If you’ve seen the movie as many times as I have, then you probably can. However, if you’ve only seen it once or twice, then I seriously doubt it. However, let’s amend that pop quiz a bit.
Describe as many of the factions in Mad Max: Fury Road as you can.
I bet you did better that time. There’s a reason for that. It’s because each faction in Fury Road has a certain number of narratively distinct traits or visually iconic images that define them as a member of their faction. Fury Road does an excellent job of this (though not necessarily perfect), and is a perfect example of how to create narratively distinct factions within a world, which is something that I find is unfortunately lost in many games and RPGs, whether it be D&D or otherwise. Continue reading