First post: Hi Everyone! Apologies if this should go in a different catagory!
I’m working on a FITD hack geared around a group trying to survive an alien invasion, with mechanics like Food, Trust, a map with a grid etc, which I will make a topic for once the Rules Reference is a bit more final.
I’ve themed this around The War of the Worlds as I was a fan growing up and the setting is perfect, but I’m having second thoughts. HG Wells was a notorious anti semite and racist, and whilst The War of the Worlds doesn’t contain those themes, much of his other work is completely rotten with it.
I’m torn between “scraping the paint” off the setting entirely and coming up with something original, or adding a foreword completely disavowing his horrific opinions. Part of me loves the idea of HG Wells spinning in his grave at the idea of a diverse cast of victorians teaming up to survive the Martian invasion, but I’m worried the name alone might put people off?
I’m familiar with the discourse around Lovecraft, but does anyone have any advice about how they engage with problematic material like this?