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Crossover Games: What’s Your Poison?

In Setting on March 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Cities are covered in a million eyes – and they all watch each other. – IO9

I love crossover games. They offer so much more room for originality and creativity than an out-of-the-box setting of any kind. I once had a Cyberpunk/Vampire campaign that ran for close to a decade and was easily my most successful game.

Choosing Your Genre(s)

There is no such thing as a bad cross-over although some are going to last longer than others. Cyberpunk and the World of Darkness were tailor-made for each other. Cyberpunk and Star Wars would be harder to pull off with any real suspension of disbelief – but I’m sure it could be done.

Here are some interesting ideas for dark, modern cross-overs I’ve had recently.


Everyone has secrets in a world full of corruption. The only real question is, what’s the scope? Bob might be sleeping around on his wife but who cares? If Bob is sleeping around with a player’s girlfriend, it becomes interesting. If Bob is sleeping with a player’s girlfriend and plans to use her to test experimental drugs, you have a game. If Bob is planning to use her to test experimental drugs than turn people into zombies, you’ve got a campaign.

Conspiracies rely heavily on knowing your Big Bad Guys and what their long term plans are. This type of game means really fleshing out the villains and their backgrounds.

Secret Societies

This one is very, very similar to conspiracies but in this case you’ve got an entire group of NPCs plotting in the background. In this case, instead of knowing one or two NPCs really well, you need that and the group they are part of. You might even have conflicting plans, depending on how complicated you feel like being.

It strikes me that this would be terrific for a superhero cross-over. Not my thing, but it could be fun.

The City of Doors

The Matrix is a good example of this type of campaign, where reality is overlain with some surreal, darkly horrific alternate but evil twin. It would take alot of work to pull off though and I know it’s beyond my scope right now. you’d need to make what amounts to two worlds, both with similar but eerily different locations, people and things.

How ambitious are you, choomba?

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More Basic Concepts

In General on March 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Etymology of Corruption mid-14c., of material things, especially dead bodies, also of the soul, morals, etc., from Fr. corruption, from L. corruptionem, noun of action from corrumpere (see corrupt). Of public offices from early 15c.; of language from late 15c. emphasis mine

What is the stable currency and why? Eurobucks. With Europe being far more affluent than the fragmented remains of the US, the dollar has long been out of favor for world finance exchange. The euro is backed by a much stronger economy and more stable government system.

Why are the prices so high? Time and inflation. First, prices rise over time even when the economy is doing well. Second, when you have a collapse like I’ve posited inflation goes wild and things cost even more. For the most part, I multiplied book prices by 3 or doubled current pricing schemes if the item wasn’t listed in a book.

What’s a screamsheet? A news flimsy. Generally, these are electronic in the setting but players need something to hold in the game so I make a paper newspaper handout.

Is the term cyberpunk copy written? No, the word itself is not although terms like “cyberpunk 2020” are trademarks. You can read more about the differences here.

How would you go about persuading someone to drop their AD&D and take up Sci Fi roleplaying? Short answer, Ask.

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The GM (Or, Who Is This Freak, Anyway?)

In General on February 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

My name is Viriatha de Cordova and yes, it’s pretty unique and that’s pretty much my entire outlook on everything.

I started gaming at fourteen when my grandmother gave me “Keep on the Borderlands”. This would be near the same time I discovered Robert Heinlein‘s “Stranger in a Strange Land“. Between the two, I was never the same again.

My family was supportive of my hobby but again, in a pretty unique way. Some years later, when all the hubbub about gaming being “evil” was going on, my grandmother apologized to my mom for introducing me to the game. My mom’s response was, “No, this is the best thing that ever happened to her! She’d be a serial killer or something without gaming!”

I was not an easy child to raise.

Over the years following, I played most versions of Dungeons & Dragons, Cthulhu, Vampire: The Masquerade, Champions, GURPs and anything else I could lay hands on. I haven’t played every game out there but I’ve certainly tried to do that.

I’m also a geek, a housewife and an artist. I darn socks while thinking about the next campaign I’ll run and yes, I’m a girl geek and gamer who prefers to be a Game Master. Not many of us around but we do exist.

My favorite games are usually  science fiction but once in a while I feel the draw of fantasy. I was writing for a blog named “Bard of Valiant” and I might republish some of the thing I wrote there, if I feel it has some relevance to this genre or gaming in general. But I’m pretty bored with the whole fantasy thing and I miss my guns.

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