Posts Tagged ‘film’

Jumping Genres!

July 4, 2014

My last post¬†was written mostly with humorous intent, but also was intended to get some thoughts churning. Protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, I wouldn’t derail an existing and relatively serious,steady game so wildly as to put something like the Deck of Many Genres into play. That would be a rather gross abuse of the social contract between GM and players, really.

I would, however, shift genres in a game as long as that made sense within the context of the game… and I would also run a game where the very premise revolves around shifting genres/layers of reality/alternate dimensions where the players move from one genre to the next and possibly back again. It might work best with a certain pre-determined number of predesigned genre/setting/layers where the players will run genre-shifted iterations of the same character/soul/self. I think that could be really, really fun.

Originally I was going to go back to the last post and edit it to that effect, but then after my friend Terry made a comment on his repost that was very much in line with my thinking, I decided this might be better suited if I post it by itself. I’ll share a few specific examples of times I’ve experimented with the genre-shifting concept already in games and found it a satisfying pursuit, point out a few narrative media where this technique or a variant has been used to good effect. I’ve never run a campaign where shifting realities and genres was a major part of the premise, though I have done individual adventures in a couple different systems that explored the concept either seriously or otherwise.


Song As Old As Rhyme

January 3, 2011

The other day, I finally installed my new blu-ray player and my wife and I watched the blu-ray release of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s a marvelous and highly sentimental film, but this morning my mind settled on a rather chilling correlation.

The movie is set in late 18th-century France, sometime between 1750 and 1789.

What’s chilling about this timeline? The revolution comes in 1789 and the Terror a couple years after that. Even if the film takes place in 1751 (the earliest possible point for it), then the Revolution will theoretically come within the protagonists’ lifetimes. “Happily ever after”… and then the shadow of Madame le Guillotine falls across the scene. Brrr.