RPGs…

Brought on by too much work, this rather interesting essay, and who knows what else, it occurred to me that D20 Modern is far too alone among games. We could have a D20 Postmodern, where the players as a group transform (“the death of the author”) the sequence of ordinary events described by the GM into a narrative arc by imposing the world-view of “adventurers;” D20 Epic, where the ultimate ending is written in advance and known, like the laws of the gods, to all the characters, who must then live their lives knowing what the ultimate ending will be; and similarly D20 Tragedy, Comedy, Picaresque Romance, and so on.

We all play these games, of course, but it would still be amusing to form up a list of them all, and see if conversely there are some characteristic modes of RPG’s which could be translated into unusual modes for other forms of storytelling.

(Hmm… is it just me, or does D20 Modern seem tailor-made for a game based on Gravity’s Rainbow?)

And yes, I realize this is elaborate nonsense. What can I say, I’m sleep-deprived…

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Published in: on July 13, 2005 at 00:45  Comments (7)  
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  1. Wyrd by Scott Knipe was indeed a game in which the end was foredoomed, both by in-game fate (these are Norse heroes) and by literary convention (the hero dies, and the saga ends).

  2. Wyrd by Scott Knipe was indeed a game in which the end was foredoomed, both by in-game fate (these are Norse heroes) and by literary convention (the hero dies, and the saga ends).

  3. …similarly D20 Tragedy, Comedy, Picaresque Romance..
    The first time I read that I “saw” Picardesque. needless to say the mental image was quite amusing.

  4. …similarly D20 Tragedy, Comedy, Picaresque Romance..
    The first time I read that I “saw” Picardesque. needless to say the mental image was quite amusing.

  5. Is it more interesting…
    after you’ve seen this: http://accordionguy.blogware.com/_attachments/1010345/picard_vaudeville.wmv

  6. And yes, I realize this is elaborate nonsense.
    Were you referring to the post or life in general. The post makes perfect sense but i can find no rhyme or reason within this life. Then again, I like nonsense…..

  7. And yes, I realize this is elaborate nonsense.
    Were you referring to the post or life in general. The post makes perfect sense but i can find no rhyme or reason within this life. Then again, I like nonsense…..


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