Climbing on the table full of empties (fallen_scholar) wrote in polloftheday,
Climbing on the table full of empties

The Short: I'm thinking of running a table-top RPG. With that in mind, which pitch do you find the sauciest?

The Long: So, we're a crowd, generally clustering around our thirties, who have been fighting to have a regular game of something for at least four years now. We've managed a number of intermittent and otherwise fragmentary stuff, but something actually consistent is elusive.

Part of this...well, there's a lot of reasons. Part of it, naturally, is that we're all too fucking tired with kids and jobs to get serious about a game. Part of it has to do with those proverbial "squeaky wheels" in the midst, who don't really want wacky rather than a serious RP experience. (1) But other parts I can't quite account for.

Now, there have been a number of dramatic changes in the harmony of the group of late. (You don't need to be privy to the drama; I wish I was not). Needless to say, due to all of that, my push to get something...consistent, if nothing else, is much higher than it was.

So the group? Somewhat older, gender balanced, and from a serious variety of gaming backgrounds (from "Red Box" ers to people who LARPed and then got persuaded to table-top because there wasn't enough time, and who remain somewhat suspicious of dice). If anything, the slight majority consists of Method-esque RPers who wish they were Gearheads. You know, kids who like playing with the amazing nuances of the rules, but consider the rules bunkum when they get in the way of a good story. I'm not sure whether that's everyone or rather unique.

The one somewhat unifying factor is a strong preference for sci-fi over fantasy.
While I'm all for people voting on what sounds good, if this comes off as totally beyond your realm of experience, it's all good to sit it out.
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1 – And if, God forbid, one of those squeaky wheels should stumble upon this, you're not wrong. You are changing the whole timber of the games, for even ones that you aren't present for. It's scary, I know, but that's the power of the Squeaky Wheel.

So, this game, it should be....

...the Blues Brothers, but with Dragons.
...Full Metal Panic, but without the Anime.
...Post-Human Twilight:2000, with shades of Battlestar Galactica.
...Planescape, but Flash Gordon style.
...Star Trek, but with the irony turned up to seven and the grit turned up to twelve.
...The Arabian Nights, but filtered through the Iraq War.
...Cowboy Bebob? No. Smuggler's Surf Rock!
...Friday the Thirteenth: the Series, made modern, relevant, and gameible.
...stereotypical D&D so subversive Gygax may rise from the grave and attempt to kill me.
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