Theory

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Metaphysical Basis:

The Yin, the Yang and the Jung…


The game theory draws from Jungian psychoanalysis, yoga practise and hypnotherapy. The game universe is primarily based on Daoism, integrated with many other spiritual practises as well as (crucially) complemented by atheist, stoic, skeptic and other philosophical traditions.

By freely mixing and improvising different religions, the game creates a new pantheon that is hopefully something that the player will not already be familiar with, and will be stimulating and intriguing.
It also includes atheistic and rationalistic traditions as much of a voice as more spiritual approaches.

While the game never actually references any specific deities, many deities to indirectly inform many of the characters of the game.

Foundations

The organising structure of the game is based on an interpretation of the Bagua, a Chinese Daoist religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching, arranged octagonally around a symbol denoting the balance of yin and yang:

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As such, it has eight lands of the world occupied with different characters that reflect different key aspects of the human psyche. In exploring these worlds and encountering the characters therein, the player explores themselves.

The ‘Tree of Life’, from the Abrahamic faiths, is a similar cosmological construct expressing how divinity and our world are connected:

Finally, the Norse / Viking mythology was one of many worlds with interrelated corridors, one above the other.

 

We combined these cosmological constructs, which fit perfectly into the below combination:

 

Other Spiritual & Philosophical Traditions

Strong influences also come from a wide range of eastern and western religions and philosophies. Some of the main sources are:

  1. Daoism, whose embracing of contradictory forces and fluid, flexible philosophy is a perfect antidote to the inflexible and dogmatic religious and political ideologies that are causing so much damage today. 
  2. Zen Buddhism, a syncretisation of Daoism and Buddhism also has many important threads to draw upon, informing the yang forces in the game.
  3. Hinduism, with its cosmology, influences the entire world basis of the game, with the ‘kalpas’ (sequences of reality based on the seasons) informing a much more fluid and intuitive game journey and keeps the player feeling like part of a grand journey.
  4. Christianity is the most obvious influence, drawing strongly from ideas of angels and demons, and a great cosmic war between light and darkness – drawing on some of the truly wonderfully creative works of literature, such as ‘Paradise Lost’, which recontextualises familiar Christian narratives.
  5. Kaballah, the more magical and mystical tradition running alongside orthodox Judaism, has been a wonderfully fertile source of inspiration for the game, for example the belief that god is half male and half female, and heaven’s increasing sidelining of the ‘Maggidim’ – the heavenly teachers who embrace and understand the value of the feminine energies of the universe.
  6. Sufism, the phenomenon of mysticism in Islam, which tells us of a variety of mystical paths that are designed to ascertain the nature of humanity to facilitate the experience of the presence of divine love and wisdom in the world.
  7. African Yoruba, with its robust cosmology holds that all human beings possess destiny and are expected to eventually become one in spirit with the divine creator and source of all energy.
  8. Rationalism, Deism and Atheism, as outlooks that embrace more scientific models, partial views and logical thought patterns
  9. Psychoanalysis and analytical psychology, such as Freud, Jung and Nietzsche.
 

 

Cosmological Inspirations: