Genres Covered by Existing Story Games

edited June 2012 in Story Games
I think story games have pretty much covered the most popular literature and film genres at this point, but anyone care to help list a few?
(I pulled the basic genre list off wikipedia and we're adding to it as we go.) Maybe we could use this as a sort of generic reccommend-a-game-system-in-this-genre thread? I'll try and keep it updated.

Action
-->Jingoistic Eighties Action-Adventure: Death School! (pdf)
--> Barebones Team Action Movie: Ammo & Ammo II
-->If it's about committing a crime vs. society (not a society-encouraged crime) it's under Crime
Adventure
-->Road Trip: Ribbon Drive
-->Scientific Romance: Committee for the Exploration of Mysteries
Comedy
-->Supernatural Procedural/Farce: Inspectres
-->Transcendental Existentialism: Hit a Dude
-->Office Comedy (Speculative example below)
-->Teen Coming-Of-Age/Martial Arts Mysticism (Airpunk): Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
Crime
-->Heist/Caper: Oceans (Franchise)
--> Heist/Caper/Action: Hollowpoint
-->Caper-Gone-Wrong: Fiasco
Disaster
--> Danger Mountain! (pdf)
Drama
-->Family Drama Flower for Maria
Historical
-->Historical (War, Teen Drama): Grey Ranks
-->Historical (War): Carry
-->Historical (Classical Antiquity, Ancient Literature): Agon
-->Historical Drama (Samurai, Blood Opera): The Mountain Witch
-->Historical (Pirates): Poison'd
-->Historical (Slavery Narrative): Steal Away Jordan
-->Historical (Secret History, Fantasy, Horror): Conspiracy of Shadows
Horror:
-->Zombie Survival: Zombie Cinema
-->Cosmic Paranoia: Trail of Cthulhu, Shab Al-Hiri Roach
-->Slasher Flick The Final Girl, Dread
-->Splatterpunk: Books of Pandemonium
-->Gothic Horror:Annalise
-->Existential Horror The Cold Soldier
-->Psychological Horror: Little Fears, Don't Rest Your Head
Mystery
--> Pickets and Blinds
--> Mystery (Modern): Sweet Agatha
-->Procedural: Dirty Secrets, The Gumshoe System
-->Procedural Thriller/True Crime (See Thriller)
Political/Urban
-->Anti-Totalitarian Symbolist Manifesto with a Puppet Motif: Puppetland
Romance/Erotic (Often, it's really just a matter of explicitness):
--> Screwball Comedy Breaking the Ice
--> Tragic Romance Shooting the Moon, Under My Skin
-->Soap Opera/Teen Drama: Smallville
-->Supernatural Romance: Monsterhearts
--> Fairy Tale: The Dance and the Dawn
--> Fisherman's Wife
Saga or Echtrai
-->Saga (Blood Opera): Love in the time of Seid
Thriller
-->Procedural Thriller: Serial Homicide Unit
-->Espionage Thriller: Wilderness of Mirrors, Spione
-->Psychological Thriller/Drama: Penny for My Thoughts
-->Heist Film (See Crime, above)
-->Urban Espionage/Counter-Espionage/Mercenaries: Blowback
Western: Dogs in the Vineyard, Dust Devils

(These two are listed last because they have the most rpg-related sub-genres)
Space Opera and Fantasy
-->The Dungeon Crawl: DungeonWorld, Donjon
-->Pulp Heroic Adventure: Spirit of the Century
-->Urban Fantasy: Mortal Coil (See also Supernatural Romance)
-->Superhero: Capes, With Great Power..., Marvel Heroic Roleplay
-->Sword & Sorcery: In A Wicked Age, On Mighty Thews, S/Lay W/Me
-->High Fantasy: Burning Wheel, Hero's Banner
-->High Fantasy (Tolkeinesque): Final Hours of a Storied Age, Shadow of Yesterday
-->Animal Tale/Bestiary/Heroic Beast Fable: Mouseguard
-->Giant Robot Battlesuits: Bliss Stage
-->Giant Robot (Post-Apocalyptic): Vanessa Thaw
-->Chivalric Fantasy: Polaris
-->Space Opera (Epic): Burning Empires
-->High Fantasy/Cyberpunk: Shadow-Hack
Speculative:
-->Time Travel: Timestream, Getting There in Time
-->Time Travel (Comedic, Office Comedy): Time & Temp
-->Hard Sci Fi: Diaspora
-->Alternate History: Microscope
-->Alternate History (Dystopian Victoriana): Perfect
-->Alternate History (Victorian Vampires): Steampunk Crescendo
-->Alternate History (Airpunk, Sky Pirates): Lady Blackbird
-->Alternate History (Clockpunk, American Revolution): Sons of Liberty
-->Alternate History (Steampunk): steampunkfitters
-->Social Science Fiction: Shock
-->Post-Apocalypse: Apocalypse World, octaNe
-->Cyberpunk: Remember Tomorrow
-->Transhumanism: Freemarket, Sufficiently Advanced, Shock: Human Contact


Genre-Independant or We-Have-No-Idea:

Primetime Adventures
Lacuna
Archipelago
The FUDGE-Based FATE system
Extreme Street Luge



Incidentally, I don't want to recreate this list: Wikipedia's List of Roleplaying Games by Genre - I'd like to concentrate on indie and, in particular, non-traditional systems - but I have a little tiny game library so I gotta take your word for it when you post something (if I haven't played it yet.)

Comments

  • What game would be good for modern day espionage/spy thriller?
  • Heist/Caper/Caper-Gone-Wrong
  • @Esoteric How about Wilderness of Mirrors?
  • Social Science Fiction (Shock: )
    Pulp Heroic Adventure (Spirit of the Century)
    Drama (A Penny for my thoughts). Can't think of a better name, but it generally features realistic stories about common people and their life, generally with a dramatic and emotional bent.
  • Heist/Caper/Caper-Gone-Wrong
    Thank you. I'll slot those in immediately.

  • edited June 2012
    Whoops. I did have fantasy and space opera twice! That's what you all were trying to point out! Yeesh.

    Sorry. I'll need an extractor to get my head out of my hinder.
  • A couple suggestions:

    Caper/heist: Leverage RPG
    Historic: Grey Ranks
    Speculative fiction, Post Apocalyptic: Apocalypse World
    Spies (realistic/historical): Spione
    Soap Opera/teen drama: Smallville RPG
  • Comedy, Mystery: InSpectres
    Horror: Annalise
    Historical, War: Carry
    ???: Lacuna
    Sci-Fi: Freemarket, Burning Empires, Mars Colony
    Fantasy: Burning Wheel, Hero's Banner
    --> Sword & Sorcery: S/Lay W/Me
  • Horror: DRYH
  • edited June 2012
    I'm not sure where to put Mars Colony. It's kind of near-future politics, right?
    To manage this list, anything with phlebotinum (superscience, magic, superpowers, anachrotech) really must have a subgenre.

    And I'm going to need some subgenres for horror.

    By the way, anyone know any good links for people wanting to check out these games?
  • Speculative --> Victorian Dystopia: Perfect
    Speculative --> Hard Sci-Fi: Diaspora?
  • Western ---> Dust Devils
  • Seriously, I could use some links (even if I only post every couple of days.)
  • Saga or Echtrai---> Love in the Time of Seið
    Thriller--->Serial Homicide Unit

    Echtrai is a wonderful category--seems like Voyage of the Dawn Treader or perhaps even The Farthest Shore are modern tales that echo them. Love to see a game like that. Adventures in the Land of 1000 Kings anyone?
  • Courtroom Drama: Trial & Terror
    Trial & Terror, as well as Monsterhearts, also cover Urban Fantasy/Horror.

    Flower for Mara hits Family Drama. Breaking the Ice is also Screwball Comedy, and Shooting the Moon and Under my Skin also represent Tragic Romance. Time & Temp is Office Comedy & Time Travel Sci-Fi.
  • Links:

    Annalise - gothic horror
    The Dance and the Dawn - fairy-tale, romance
    carry. a game about war. - historical, war
    Timestream - time travel
    Vesna Thaw - sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, giant robot
    Witness the Murder of Your Father and Be Ashamed, Young Prince - fantasy, drama
    Final Girl - slasher horror
    Cold Soldier - existential horror
    The Mountain Witch - samurai, drama, blood opera
    Conspiracy of Shadows - historical, fantasy
    Pickets and Blinds - modern, murder, drama, comedy
    Sweet Agatha - modern, mystery

  • edited June 2012
    Polaris - chivalric fantasy
    Apocalyse World - post-apocalypse
    Dogs in the Vineyard - western
    In a Wicked Age - sword & sorcery
    Mouseguard - animal tale/bestiary/beast fable
    Spirit of the Century - pulp heroic adventure
  • edited June 2012
    (Can we get some more subgenres for horror?)
    Yep!

    Books of Pandemonium - splatterpunk horror
  • Hit a Dude - Transcendental Horror

  • Hit a Dude - Transcendental Horror

    Really? How is that horror? The existentialism is obvious. If you can get some support for the claim that Hit a Dude is horror, I'll move it.

    Actually, if anyone disagrees with any placement on the list, please let me know. If I get at least one second, I'll be happy to move the listing.
  • Hit a Dude - Transcendental Horror

    Really? How is that horror? The existentialism is obvious. If you can get some support for the claim that Hit a Dude is horror, I'll move it.
    I withdraw my taxonomic claim. Existential is certainly more appropriate to the broad experience of gamers. I grew up with brothers 8 and 9 years older than I am, so the theme of Hit a Dude evokes personal... stuff. Transcendental was just there to make it seem fancy.

  • What flavor of horror would you call Maschine Zeit? Sci-fi Horror or just speculative fiction?
  • I only have a second, but on my first read through I noticed a few games that weren't up there yet. (I'm sure there are many more; these are the scattering of ones I think I noticed missing on the first pass-- I could be wrong!). I'll leave the categories for someone else.

    Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. octaNe. Poison'd. Blowback. Little Fears. On Mighty Thews. Puppetland!
  • What flavor of horror would you call Maschine Zeit? Sci-fi Horror or just speculative fiction?
    Sci-fi horror.
  • Ammo and Amm02 are neat takes on action -- specifically, crazy people with pistols action.
  • Keep in mind, this is still a list in progress. And I haven't played all these games, so I mostly have to take your word for it.

    Hit a Dude - Transcendental Horror

    Really? How is that horror? The existentialism is obvious. If you can get some support for the claim that Hit a Dude is horror, I'll move it.
    I withdraw my taxonomic claim. Existential is certainly more appropriate to the broad experience of gamers. I grew up with brothers 8 and 9 years older than I am, so the theme of Hit a Dude evokes personal... stuff. Transcendental was just there to make it seem fancy.

    On the other hand, if I have played a game (or I have a reliable report of it), I'll put my two-cents worth in.

    I also think I might need to put in some sort of tag on what's GMless, what's Stake-Setting and what's Other.
  • edited June 2012
    Jingoistic Eighties Action-Adventure: Death School!
  • Hollowpoint should fit under Action and/or Crime->Heist/Caper.
  • Where does Archipelago go?
  • Archipelago isn't tied to genre. If you had to pick I guess I'd pick picaresque drama.

    Love in the Time of Seid isn't Saga, it is drama: blood opera.
  • I'd venture the comment that all genres could be covered by Primetime Adventures since it's genre-less.
  • edited June 2012

    Crime
    -->Heist/Caper
    Greg Christopher's Oceans would fit here.
    Horror:
    -->Zombie Survival:
    Outlive Outdead
    Political/Urban
    Young Turks at the Cafe could fit here. Not sure if there is a revised, post-Game Chef draft yet.

    -->Time Travel:
    Getting There in Time

    -->Cyberpunk:
    All of the different takes on Shadowrun, including Shadow-hack (which I played last night, woo).

    Romance/Erotic
    How about Tales of the Fisherman's Wife? Erotic Horror is a thing, but I'm not sure if that's exactly the right categorization.

  • edited June 2012
    I'm running into a problem. I put this list together partly for my own shopping pleasure and there's things I'm looking (GMless games) for and things I'm not (old school stuff). But I want to be fair.

    I'd really like to add a few labels to help people who are checking out these games. If you like old school stuff, like Shadow-Hack (which is proudly old school) and Ammo and Books of Pandemonium you might not be too happy running across something more radical, like Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple (where you don't even roleplay outloud, you just write stuff down!) Where as I really, really liked Pilgrims and some of the more radical stuff out there 'cause, you know, I've been doing old school stuff since the 80s and I like the new paradigm.

    On the other hand, some people don't like labels - but, boy, they sure do save a lot of time!
  • Also, I'm trying to avoid things on kickstarter. You have to be able to get a copy of it right now in your hot little hands.
  • Alternate History (Mad Victorian Science) Steampunkfitters

    Feel free to alter the category into something more official.
  • Okay, I've just hit a limit for how many characters I can post in one window. I'm going to have to start splitting the thread up some. Also, I'm thinking of adding these notations: (OS) = Old School (and Proud of It), (-GM) = games does not need a GM, (-$) = free,
  • Arpie, you will appreciate the big list of gmless games.

    It is about 6 months old, so newer games are not there, but let me know if you can make use of it or need to access the underlying googledoc.
  • That is, indeed, a beautiful list, Ivan.
  • I'm not sure what to do with this list. I'd like to re-edit with a link to the really good indie gmless list.

    Are there any good indie Old School lists?
  • Late to the party maybe, but may as well throw I Am A Survivor in there for Zombie Horror and World of Shadows for Cyberpunk.

    Cool list by the way! Fun to go through and check out all the great games!
  • Historical (Napoleonic Wars)
    --In Harm's Way
    --Duty and Honour
    --Beat to Quarters

    Historical (WWI Flying Aces)
    --In Harm's Way: Aces in Spades

    Historical (Elizabethan Occult)
    --In Her Majesty's Arcane Service

    Historical (WWII Flying Aces)
    --In harm's Way: Aces and Angels

    Historical (Alt history Crusader States)
    --Outremer

    Historical (WWII Submarine warfare)
    --In Harm's Way: Pig Boats

    Sports (baseball)
    --Tools of Ignorance
  • I got a little problem. The main list above hit maximum capacity for a post a little while ago. Readers are just going to have to peruse the entire thread for examples! Sorry.
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