Posts Tagged ‘humor’

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.


Deck of Many Genres

July 2, 2014

Mandatory Legal Disclaimer: side effects of bringing the magic item in this post into a game with a group that takes their games too seriously or that aren’t already expecting some serious weirdness may include rage quitting by players, blank stares, loose teeth, lost friendships or, in extreme cases, critical existence failure.

Recently while at my desk, an idea occurred to me for a magic item that might inspire far more dread in the hearts of players than even the infamous Deck of Many Things… as the title suggests, this is none other than The Deck of Many Genres. This is a magic item that is best reserved to particularly open-minded, experimental or creative play groups and GMs, and would clearly be much easier to use in a game like FATE, Wushu, Capes or Savage Worlds that can be retooled to new genres on the fly without hours of number-crunching misery. Alternately, a wily or enterprising GM might have stats generated for existing characters from your D20 or whatever game in FATE, Capes or something similarly fast and fluid that can be taken to hare off into crazy land with this thing as a side jaunt. (more…)

When Pigs Fly

January 6, 2012

If I ever play an oWoD game where there is a Grondr character, I will have to insist that the character learns the Gift: Spirit of the Bird.

Just sayin’.

Paradox Flaw: Kung Fu Edition

September 23, 2011

I just thought of an awesome/amusing Paradox Flaw for an Akashic Brother to pick up.

When he speaks, his lip movements and the associated sound are slightly out of synch as if he has been badly dubbed.

“Your Do is pretty good… but not as good as mine!”

Boneheaded Moments in Gaming

August 25, 2011

Tell me that you’ve never been playing some kind of strategy game or RPG and do something you should know better than to do.

Something along the lines of “Okay I open the door………OH CRAP I FORGOT TO CHECK FOR TRA-” *squish*

Yeah. If you tell me you’ve never done that, I won’t believe you. I know I’ve done it. Like ending a firing phase in 40k without firing off all those pretty lascannons on my Valkyrie Gunship and realizing my error the moment I’d declared my firing phase over. Yeah. That one lost me both the Valkyrie and the game. Or the time that I forgot that my mage was almost out of juice before enacting a plan that required me to burn off more magic power than I had left, or a couple of times when I’ve forgotten that my character had a spell or power that would have breezed through a particular challenge until after the fact… yeah that didn’t go well either. (more…)

Action Bastard

May 13, 2011

This takes me way, way, waaay back to the old White Wolf HTML Chat days:

“The views and opinions of Action Bastard do not necessarily reflect those of White Wolf or the Werewolf fan community as a whole. Action Bastard is not for everyone. Some people who use Action Bastard may experience unpleasant side effects such as projectile vomiting, explosive diarrhea, loss of motor control, chronic flatulence, drooling, skin rash, an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, socialist political views and painful rectal itch. If you experience any of these side effects discontinue use and contact your physician or local poison control center immediately. Do not get Action Bastard wet, and do not feed him after midnight. Store Action Bastard in a cool dark place. Only your doctor, licensed psychiatric professional, or your mom may prescribe Action Bastard. Action Bastard should not be used by women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant due the the risk of certain birth defects such as incurable halitosis and a tendency to strike ridiculous comic-book-character poses, naked, in public. Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling Action Bastard to lessen your risk of infection. For more information on Action Bastard see our website which doesn’t exist because we’re too lazy to create it and too cheap to hire someone else. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, pimp, Congressional representative, drug dealer, preacher, deadbeat dad or crack whore if Action Bastard is right for you!”

That’s right, Action Bastard is the WoD version of the Happy Fun Ball.

There Would Be No Running Away From the Dawn

March 22, 2011

Linda stalked back into her quarters, wrapping the shallow but nasty gashes in her palms with bandages as she walked. She then slung the laptop case off her shoulder and onto her bed before sitting down cross-legged to pick the computer up and finish the work she had begun earlier in the evening. (more…)

Stuff And Nonsense!

November 22, 2010

Oh, I say! I seem to have been cleft in twain.

What, what? Cut in half, you say? Why, I as well!

Bothersome, that.

Too right! Most unsporting.

Still, one supposes that we ought not to delay that “falling apart” folderol much longer.

Despite the cliché, you understand.

Quite so! Wouldn’t be proper.

Oh, I should think that would be bad form.

Well, get on with it, man!



In The News: Oh So Wrong

October 15, 2010

Man Passes Driving Test, Then Crashes Into DMV

(Oct. 15) — Moments after passing his driving test, a Pennsylvania man mistakenly crashed his car into a department of motor vehicles building, smashing through a window and plowing into a waiting room. Four people were injured, none seriously.

The man’s license ended up being revoked before he even got it. Read the rest of the story…

At least the fellow didn’t waste a lot of time driving around endangering people before he got his license revoked. It was really quite efficient and considerate of him, I’d say.

OH, the Germanity! Crime and Punishment Edition

August 23, 2010

Robber Nabbed After Mocking Police In E-Mail.

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German bank robber led his pursuers straight to him after taunting police in an email over their efforts to catch him. Authorities in the southern city of Wuerzburg said on Wednesday the 19-year-old sent emails to police and two newspapers to point out factual errors in the report of his bank raid in the town of Roettingen a week ago…

Wait a second. Hasn’t this punk kid ever seen any crime movies?

Maybe he should have read this Cracked article before he got down to the crime thing…