- Uz is not Sword & Planet. To be honest, I don't really know what Sword & Planet is. While I am inspired by some of Roy Krenkel's art, I haven't read much of ERB's stuff. My only familiarity with Barsoom comes from the recent John Carter film, and the only thing I've ever read that could be considered Sword & Planet was Amulric by REH. If you're expecting Tharks, you will be sorely disappointed.
- Uz is not Moebius. I have a lot of respect for Moebius and enjoy his art a great deal, it just doesn't have anything to do with how I conceive of Uz. Reynold Brown, Virgil Finlay, and Roy Krenkel are the artists that inspire Uz. Oh, also Mark Schultz, but mostly just his work on the first Del Rey collection of Conan.
- Uz is not Heavy Metal Magazine. This is one of those things that is often brought up in conjunction with Science Fantasy. While I've seen the move - which also did not influence Uz - I haven't ever read an issue of the magazine.
- Uz is not He-Man or Thundarr or any cartoon. I have almost zero experience with He-Man, and while I like Thundarr it was not what I had in mind in the short days between drawing this map and running the first session.**
- Uz is not "80s" or "70s." I was born in 1988 and so I missed most of the 80s experience that seems to be such a big part of the OSR. Most of my young mind was subjected to things from the 50s and 60s, which is when my parents grew up. I was raised on a steady diet of Saucer Men, Godzilla, and Hammer Horror. However, I would hesitate too associate Uz with a decade after 2900 BCE.
- Uz is not Carcosa. Now, I like Carcosa and I actually used it quite a bit when I ran Uz recently - primarily its technology generators and some of the monsters. However, Carcosa has no decadent city-states with jade-domed temples. Uz is decadence and decay, not a brutal struggle for survival.
I hope this helps you get a better handle on my Uz setting. If you would like me to clarify any of these points, let me know.
One last note: I do not dislike any of these things. You'll notice that the overwhelming theme is one of ignorance. I don't include them because I haven't read or seen much of them.
*Comparatively speaking for one of my campaigns.
**The inception of Uz went something like this: I tried to draw a section of a big, Jakalla-style underworld map. I then asked my wife "what does this map go to?" and she said "how bout some kind of Biblical thing?" I then remembered that that two days or so prior I had already made a desert-y map, so I just put it in one of the cities.