Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freedom in the Galaxy?

So, what I'm thinking I'd like to do is run this:

...only not as a wargame, but as the basis for a RPG. Using this:

Does this sound like a completely stupid idea?

I mean, I can see an immediate criticism: Why don't I just run Star Wars?

The answer to that is that I've tried. I used the original WOTC (3e era) set, before they revised it and then created a whole new game (from what I can gather). I've also looked at but not played the old West End game. Neither one really did it for me.

So that leaves me in the now, with two specific criticisms:

1) I don't want to learn a new system. More importantly, I don't want to read thick hardcover gaming books, and

2) Star Wars has too much baggage for my taste. I'd like to start with something less well known, so people can approach it fresh. (Plus I don't want George Lucas looking over my shoulder the whole time -- that's how I felt when I ran SW before...)

Anyway, that's where I'm at right now. Comments appreciated.


Sham aka Dave said...

Here's my perfectly useless comment: I am not familiar with either game so well, uh...but how could it be a stupid idea? Sounds like fun.

I agree with your take on playing Star Wars. Too many preconceived notions and everyone wants to be a Jedi.

I also feel as though George Lucas is looking over your shoulder when I run Star Wars. How weird is that?

Will Douglas said...

I dunno, somehow I got the idea that if an idea wasn't stupid, somebody would have come up with it before me.

Silly, I know, but there we are.

I also feel as though George Lucas is looking over your shoulder when I run Star Wars. How weird is that?

I hate the whole 'LOL' thing, but this comment did actually make me laugh out loud. Thanks for that!

Yeah, that's pretty weird. Still, as long as he's looking over my shoulder, your game should proceed smoothly.

Jeff Rients said...

Does this sound like a completely stupid idea?

Yes. Stupid in all the right ways. I'd play that in a heartbeat.

Dr Rotwang said...
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Dr Rotwang said...

It's only a stupid idea if you can't make it fun.

I think George Lucas should look over my shoulder when I'm running Star Wars. Uncle Chubby needs to go back to school.

kesher said...

Amen, brother coffee, let's do it!

And Jeff, you aren't that far away---come play! :)

Robert said...

You know what I love about George Lucas? Instead of making a Dune movie or re-making a WW2 film or a Kurosawa film, etc.; he took all those influences and mashed them up into his own thing.

So, why shouldn't we do the same thing when adapting to RPGs?

Besides, doesn't every Star Wars fan have at least one thing they would've done differently that George? Here's a chance.

So, yeah, I don't think it is stupid at all.

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