The Golden Cobra challenge has begun. Maybe you should also create a new live action roleplaying game?
I'm glad that someone else made a hack of Lasers and Feelings using Tarot cards instead of dice, about turn of the century occultists, so that I don't have to.
D&D is a particular system (336 words) Show more
Something that's shockingly easy to miss if you grew up in a context where the term for "tabletop roleplaying game" was "D&D":
Dungeons and Dragons is actually a fairly specific system aiming to create a particular kind of game.
Yes, DMs and players have a titanic amount of influence over what the game feels like - the campaigns I've been in have included "travel from adventure to adventure", "periodically get the team together to solve a problem through puzzle-solving and moxie", "fantasy XCOM in Greyhawk-esque colonialist Appalachians", "fantasy post-apoc Earth with pop culture jokes" (my character in that one is a sorcerer who channels her power through the ancient picture-characters known as Emoji)...
...but D&D assumes:
- Combat is a big part of the story and character builds.
- The capabilities of characters ramps up from "similarly competent to mundane humans" to, at /minimum/, "kick 80-foot-tall giants in the knee and trip them".
- Commoners are almost powerless against any adventurers above a very low level.
- The DM has full control over the diegetic universe and the limits of what players are allowed to attempt to do.
- Challenges should be frequently resolved by random chance.
- The pivotal events of the world happen at the scale of a dozen people or so at a time.
- The game follows the characters from past into future.
- The progression of the characters' arcs should definitely include gaining wealth, both in specie and in rare items.
- There are cosmic forces acting on ideological motives trying to change the world to conform specifically to their image of it.
And yes, there are ways to work around those things ... but the game assumes these things.
It's not a generic system. I haven't even touched on all the ways it's not a generic system. It's something specific with advantages and disadvantages.
And so it doesn't need to be anyone's default. It can just be an option. And people can prefer other options.
Did you ever think to yourself "what I really need for this project is 11,710 photos of weird looking gas stations and roadside attractions"? Of course you have. We all have.
Luckily for you, John Margolies and the Library of Congress has you covered.
I've been saying for years that the indie RPG Ganakagok was the right system for playing The Dark Crystal. Both are stories about a massive impending change, and how that looming event forces a small group of people onto an epic quest, while most of the world fights back against them and the oncoming change.
The new TV show only reinforces my belief in this.
So anyway, here is a variant deck I made for playing The Dark Crystal via Ganakagok:
Randonauts would make a great NPC or PC group for your next game of Over the Edge, Unknown Armies or other modern day weirdness games. The have a clear reason to show up anywhere and get into trouble, and they have some entertaining metaphysical beliefs.
Of course, Mickey Mouse himself was an unlicensed derivative of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Oswald, then lost the rights to the character. So they shortened the ears and renamed him Mickey, but otherwise Mickey is just a copy of Oswald.
So Tuffolino is a copy of a copy of a copy. An ongoing chain of copyright violations.
Now, why is Mickey called Topolino and not, say "Mickey"? Because when the publishers first started publishing, they couldn't get a license for Mickey Mouse. So they "made" a "new" character named Topo Lino ("mouse Lino").
Mouse Lino was interchangeable enough with Mickey that when they _did_ get the license, they just kept calling Mickey Topolino and acted like they had been the same character the whole time.
Here's the complete (?) version of Fairyland Confidential, a single player RPG about fairy mythology and film noir detective work.
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