The Official ==Play Outside Your Comfort Zone Challenge==
Maybe it's the fact that insomnia struck again, but I had an idea this morning.
Someone ran a game with the premise of throwing players outside their respective character picking comfort zone?
This would involve
1) Choosing a neutral system (I'd vote Pathfinder or 2e, but that's just me. Maybe something more rules-lite?)
2) Randomizing who gets what type of character
3) Having a crazy blast
In my idea, the PCs are thrown into a world that doesn't take itself too seriously. No mass of masterminds or hordes of hobgoblins. NO! The plot would be fast and loose with self-referential humor, genre tropes a-plenty, and generally fun and mayhem ensue hand in hand.
But I dunno, just a thought. Anyone tried something like this before? Thoughts in general?
Posted on 2011-02-11 at 15:21:22.
Edited on 2011-02-12 at 04:23:12 by Fletch
I've played a few games where the players (I GMed in two cases) had no idea even of the rules of the system. They basically gave a character description and appearance, and were handed everything else.
I once tried to run a game where the controlling Deities were Fate and Destiny. Each PC had a "destiny" they had to stick to or suffer penalties for going against the will of the cosmos. This was accomplished by me rolling on a table of 100 Random PrCs, the character had to take a level in that PrC by level 10 if possible, this of course forced players into general roles they may not have normally chosen themselves.
Those actually sound like a blast! I'd love to give those a try sometime.
This idea though, is simpler. Basing the random thingies on races, classes, and a background, you'd pretty much make three dice rolls and have a basic character. Here's what I came up with:
a d4 roll for background, a d6 for race, and a d8 for class. The class and race are pretty self-explanatory, but the background gives you a starting point for your character as well as determining the amount of starting gold.
I'm basing most of the other crunchies off AD&D 2e, though I'm thinking of streamlining it. It comes down to making it accessible for newbies and a challege for vets. I'm kicking around some other things, but that's the gist of what I came up with.
If you have access to it, the 3.5 D&D Dungeon Master's Guide has those random tables: race, class, and alignment -- but no background tables. Although it does have "100 personality traits" %d table too.
Posted on 2011-02-12 at 04:26:17.
Edited on 2011-02-13 at 14:42:18 by Celeste
I'm probably going to use either 2e or the (gosh, I love free stuff!) Microlite 20 rules. Got most of it worked out, so I can probably get an adventure worked up. Keep at me about it, I tend to forget things.
So when do we make the rolls to make our characters? Do we do that in the Dragon Chat? I think I seen a die roller in there. Just a thought.
Can we at least request that we play the sex or our choice? I don't think I be much good playing a female character. I don't have any practice in that area and like most men I just cant figure them out!
I think I made it clear above that I am still interested but for the record. Count me in!
I will see what I can dig up about this Microlite20.
Is the character generation still going to be done by die roll? I think it a challenge to play a character much like real life has been thrust upon you and you just have to deal with it. Just my thoughts!