November 26th, 2003

Fred/George

Still More of the Write Stuff

In reference to this post, I did more thinking along the lines of "What if Michael were the normal one of the story?" and that reminded me of elements of my old Richmond Champions game that I really liked and enjoyed. I've been thinking about taking selected elements of that game, and using them as a launching point for stories about Michael, or someone very like him. ;)

In case you aren't familiar with Champions, it's a tabletop roleplaying game about superheroes. It works best when recreating something like, say, "The X-Men," but with some tweaking can be made to work with just about anything. My Richmond Champions game, in which I sometimes shared the GMing duties with Phil Brucato, had a slightly darker tone, with guest appearances by Batman, The Joker, and "the Hand" for instance. This was before the days of Dark Champions, but had a similar flavor. The foes tended towards martial artists and eldritch horrors, rather than radioactive mutants and world-eating megadudes.

Now to use the elements of that game that I liked, obviously I've got to strip out the spandex and the copyright violations. Also, I've got to remove/alter the stuff that was purely Phil's creation. But this gives me (a) a direction, and (b) some creative energy. This may be the spark/missing link I needed to get moving again!

I'm jazzed. :)

-The Gneech
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