Inspiration for 2022

I managed to miss a year, so in the interests of getting inspiration out well in advance so people can write games, here’s some historical inspiration from Wikipedia for next year. 2021’s list is here.


  • Dolly the clone-sheep
  • Transfer of Hong Kong
  • The Sandline Affair in PNG
  • Kyoto Protocol adopted
  • Film: Titanic, Event Horizon
  • TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins. Rainbow ends.
  • Books: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Subtle Knife, To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • RPGs: DELTA GREEN, Legend of the Five Rings, Cthulhu Live
  • Computer games: Fallout, Grand Theft Auto


  • The first even convention of Trekkies is held
  • Libertarians found a microstate at Minerva Reef
  • The Watergate burglary
  • The Munich Massacre
  • Film: The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, Cabaret
  • TV: MASH, Emmerdale Farm
  • Books: The Stepford Wives, Roadside Picnic, Watership Down, A Blueprint for Survival
  • Computer games: Pong


  • The Roswell Incident
  • McCarthyism and the blacklisting of the Hollywood Ten
  • Partition of India
  • The Doomsday Clock is introduced, and set at 7 minutes to midnight
  • first paper on antibiotic reistance is published
  • Births: Octavia E. Butler, Stephen King
  • Deaths: Baroness Orczy, Arthur Machen


  • Howard Carter discovers Tutankhamun’s tomb
  • Irish civil war begins
  • Set in 1922: The Great Gatsby
  • Film: Nosferatu, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler


  • Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (if you want an excuse for a high Victorian steampunk game)
  • Opening of the Grand Guignol theatre
  • Books: The War of the Worlds, Dracula
  • Births: Enid Blyton


  • The Mary Celeste is found abandoned at sea
  • First translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh
  • end of Te Kooti’s War
  • Books: Around the World in Eighty Days, Middlemarch


  • Births: Bram Stoker
  • Books: Vanity Fair, Wuthering Heights


  • Charles Babbage publishes a proposal for a Difference Engine


  • Books: Moll Flanders
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