He sat down in his special chair, put on his headphones and picked up his controller. The large screen in front of him was already showing the interior of an armoured troop carrier, complete with troops. It was in motion, the view shaking and bouncing around.
There are plenty of great opportunities to gather gamers to set records of all kinds. I want to see the biggest, the longest, the most, the fastest. I want dice as big as houses, I want life-sized miniatures. I want to see a thousand characters in the same party and naked role-playing on an epic scale!
Where the idea for this story came from, I don’t know. I was sitting in front of my computer with a blank document open trying to create some short story ideas when this one arrived. It’s a near-future SF story about a young man who is something of an artist. It’s not to be taken seriously, but it does predict the future.
Humans are hard-wired to seek fun, even if at times life, experience and poverty block that need. Even the dourest human should have fun sometimes. Staying home gives you access to collecting porcelain ferrets, rebuilding rotary engines or knitting bobble hats for the neighbours, you name it… What? You need more? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of staying at home and adventuring.
Playing tabletop role-playing games with real people or online. Which one is better, and why? Tabletop games allow social interactions face to face, with people you know and like, even come to love. When it comes to fitting gaming into your life, it’s far easier to play video games than tabletop games. Just don’t shout “die bitch!” on a packed train when you get too involved.
Locating items or magic potions, discovering a mutant squirrel hideout, or finding a weapon against a demon are all role-playing game scenarios. More or less tricky or exciting. Here is my personal top-ten order; judging fun, originality, playability and player and Game Master expectations. Do your scenarios have the S factor?