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Posted By: JaroslavAlso, when a city or other kind of setting is really important in a novel or movie, people often say that it was as if the city (or the mountain, or the space station, or whatever) WAS as character. I'm pretty new to indie games, so there may be great examples of this that already exist (in fact, I'm almost sure there are), but it seems to me that if you want, for instance, a city that is so cool and interesting that it pervades the game at every turn, there should be some kind of mechanic to encourage this, and the city needs some kind of traits and statistics that describe the mechanical effect of living there. Otherwise, the really awesome setting you pick fades to the background.
Posted By: Ben LehmanHuh. Do you have the same feeling about art in game books?
Posted By: ColinCI like this a lot. Just sayin'
Posted By: JaroslavI can't figure out how you would play aMy Dinner With Andregame.
Posted By: bevedogSo it's not so much that I want to play a game where you roll up a Wallace Shawn character ...
Posted By: ElizabethPssh. Does that look like a kid's game or Zorceror of Zo to you? No. I am talking grown-up Dorothy with ruby-red stilettos and a rottweiler named Toto, a scarecrow that would make you wet your pants, a soulless robot, and an honest-to-god Lion, not a goofy dude in a lion suit.
I wrote Under the Bed in part because I wanted to do an Oz game, then it accrued some different ideas.
In any event, I here repost my images, since now the story can be told:
I think that we have no idea how many human cultures have come and gone in the Paleolithic and even Neolithic periods. That gives us opportunities to make some up. Jonathan Walton recommended a book called After the Ice that I started as part of a project that I'll get back to some day, and it's full of goodness about that. What's interesting to me is that every culture would have been operating in near isolation from other cultures. That means that they all had nearly unique ways of interacting person-to-person. I'd really love to use that to explore different types of morality. And Mammoths are some of the most incredible creatures in history, so I'd like to have a game with them.
The Vivian Girls are the obsessive work of Henry Darger, who literally filled his apartment with filing cabinets to contain the thousands upon thousands of pages that he created. The combination of obsession and relatively coherent fiction (as far as we can tell — there's no compendious publication of the work) in this realm of fantasy is a powerful, personal exploration of ... something. I'd like a game that both represented the personal weirdness of the creator of a world and the world itself. I'm a big fan of Imajica, but the Vivian Girls was not made for publication, and so is directed wholly by the intentions of its creator.
I was looking for a good image from Altered States that didn't have any words and couldn't find any. This one was at least in Japanese. John Lilly is a really interesting guy. He's the fellow who first posited that dolphins have human-like intelligence, and this movie is based on actual experiments he did (though his results were less cinematic). We have lots of games where you explore stuff and places. Exploration of the mind and ourselves is less common. This could be played with Shock: but I think it wouldn't work spectacularly well.
On the other hand, my first image:
... is simply my favorite image on the entire Internet. It might make for a good boardgame, though. A bunch of animals riding other animals on an offroad course seems like a good time laughing.
That's because you're using GURPS Ice Age. Like GURPS Aztec, it takes something totally fascinating, shows you all the stuff that's there, and doesn't show you how to do anything.
That book looks really interesting! When I get back around to Rock: I'll check it out!
Posted By: Joshua A.C. NewmanI think that we have no idea how many human cultures have come and gone in the Paleolithic and even Neolithic periods
Posted By: WordmanPosted By: Joshua A.C. NewmanI think that we have no idea how many human cultures have come and gone in the Paleolithic and even Neolithic periods
Posted By: KobayashiTheMonkey Kingbecause I want a light hearted take on chinese/oriental adventures. I'm finishing this one as we speak.