Whisk and I have been reading H.G. Wells's Time Machine. In fact the book I have has 7 novels included. I read this a decade or two ago. I am reading this thinking, "My god, what a boring gaming world this would be." There i said it. A classic novel known through out the world and I am dissing it. Love the story, but the world...zzzz.
First off you only have two races, the wimpy, innocent surface dwellers the Eloi and the more famous machine addicted, subterranean race, the Morlocks. Neither is that compelling to play. Eloi are pretty much useless and helpless. Morlock, although a little more aggressive not all that terrifying. A mage with a light spell would exterminate the race. The features of the word are the most interesting, locations such as the White Sphinx, Palace of Green Porcelain (although i do admit I think of a giant toilet bowl), and the catacombs. All cool.
But as I am reading his I thought about how boring of a game setting this would be. Although the Morlocks are a bit creepy they hardly could be considered a dangerous enemy. If a party of adventurers did pop in they would be kicking ass at will. Although the Morlocks could develop more guerrilla warfare tactics. Still I doubt the Eloi would be much for changing their ways.
Don't get me wrong, story is very interesting. The concept is great. As is the movie with Rod Taylor playing H. George Wells. But as a gaming land I have to give it a big fat thumbs down.