Inspiration material for your current game


  • Admin

    As the title says, what would be good reading/viewing material for whatever game you are on?

    Let's make this more fun and don't mention what material the game is 'formally' derived from ("Read Dracula for this Victorian Age VampMush") but what would actually inspire players ("Read The Light Fantastic for this MageMush").


  • Pitcrew

    Arx is inspired by Brandon Sanderon's "First Law," supposedly, so that might help understand some of the elements.


  • Politics

    The game I'm knocking around is based on Robotech, the Jovian Chronicles, and my infantile infatuation with Faraday's FS3 system.



  • Supernatural, specifically the apocalypse setting, but the series, anime, books, all the lore written around it.


  • Pitcrew

    I don't really think in terms of 'what will help me understand this game better' and rather, 'what would inspire me to pursue stories and of what caliber', so here's a list.

    Books:

    Tigana
    Heart-Shaped Box
    Lions of al-Rassan
    The Grail Quest: Harlequin
    All Tomorrow's Parties
    Count Zero
    Mona Lisa Overdrive
    Shadowrun (yes, I'm serious)
    A Song for Arbonne
    Saxon Chronicles
    Count of Monte Cristo

    TV:

    Camelot
    Altered Carbon
    The Last Kingdom
    Game of Thrones S6 and 7
    Anon (Netflix movie with Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen; must watch if you like cyberpunk)
    Mute (also for cyberpunk flavor)
    The Expanse
    Vikings, particularly S3 and S4
    Borgia: Faith and Fear
    Le Chalet
    La Forêt
    Les Revenants
    Black Sails

    Movies, non-Netflix:
    Lord of the Rings, all three
    Alatriste
    The Hollywood take of Count of Monte Cristo
    Kingdom of God
    Robin Hood (Ridley Scott version)
    Memento

    Music:

    My Dying Bride
    Assemblage23
    too many to cite


  • Pitcrew

    Tonight? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm1YFszJWbQ
    Right now it's everywhere, Florida Man memes and Cocaine, and the decision that one of our fictional politicians will be named Dick Everyman.


  • Pitcrew

    @ominous said in Inspiration material for your current game:

    Arx is inspired by Brandon Sanderon's "First Law," supposedly, so that might help understand some of the elements.

    I'm so sorry to be that guy, but the First Law is by Joe Abercrombie. Brandon Sanderson has written a lot of other stuff, some of which I enjoy a lot - none of which Apos has read.


  • Pitcrew

    The Expanse! The TV series is pretty neat, but the books are making me crave SF dirty space mushing again. :(


  • Pitcrew

    I'm really into documentaries for inspiration. Probably because I didn't really get into fantasy and sci-fi until I was an adult and I always start from this base of reality when I get into creative mode.

    I have disabled vet for a character now. What's in my streaming lists? Only everything I can hoover up about the war in Iraq, veterans, and life and times in the military.


  • Pitcrew

    @kanye-qwest My bad. I just assume all things awesome in fantasy are written by Sanderson or Pratchett and as First Law isn't comedic...



  • @goldfish I love documentaries for inspiration, too. The previous game I ran was sparked from an off-hand comment in one, decades ago.

    Since, when I'm playing, I'm usually playing on horror or supernatural games, all the cheesy paranormal shows and bigfoot shows and all that ilk are great idea food for plots and such. Same with just about any crappy horror movie. I rarely have time to properly watch anything, since I'm working or otherwise doing stuff at the same time, so there's something of a bonus there that I don't feel bad if I 'miss' part of any of those while distracted by work or other things.



  • All things considered?

    • Spartacus
    • Rome
    • Troy: Fall of a City
    • The first Blade movie

  • Pitcrew

    @ominous said in Inspiration material for your current game:

    @kanye-qwest My bad. I just assume all things awesome in fantasy are written by Sanderson or Pratchett and as First Law isn't comedic...

    It is pretty funny! For a certain sense of humor.

    But honestly... there's a good bit of First Law DNA in Arx, but the setting is too much PVP-averse, loaded up with genuinely decent people, and involving conflicts with Capital E Evil threats for me to think of @LordGrimdark's work as a 'required reading' sort of thing.


  • Coder

    What would be good reading for the game I'm currently on?

    http://www.mushcode.com/Manuals

    https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-ruby

    https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-python

    I tried playing again recently.

    I couldn't get past chargen.


  • Coder

    What would be good reading/watching/playing for the game world I'm trying to design?

    Shadowrun.
    Cyberpunk (2020 or the 2077 teasers).
    Exalted 3rd Edition's images.
    Anything related to Kids On Bikes. (Stranger Things being the most popular.)

    I want a modern-day re-imagining of Shadowrun, and I've been feeling around for what our modern day culture wants outside the Superhero genre, or looking at how the movies are getting more nuanced even inside the Superhero genre.