The topic for the 14 March #RPGChat was playing games set in the modern world.
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This week, we’re going to take a look at the benefits and challenges of playing in modern worlds
What is modern gaming?
Guns, guns and guns. Also missiles, rockets and cyberwarfare.
My definition of “modern” is basically today +/- some number of years that I haven’t quite determined. (specific, I know)
I find +/- 50 years gives a good range for modern games
A “modern” setting, to me, may feel a little vintage, but occurred within my lifetime even if I was on the younger side
I would classify *most* urban fantasy as a subset of “modern.” Of course it’s also a subset of “fantasy.”
When I think of a Modern Setting I picture something as close to real life as an action movie
For example, a game in an alternate Chicago where there are dwarvish mobs might still be modern.
What are benefits of playing a game set in the modern world?
The benefit of modern games is that you have instant buy in — everybody knows what the real world looks like. Roughly
In many ways, I have an easier time explaining something modern to someone who’s never played RPGs before.
Also, players feel like they can incorporate/re-mix campaign elements without stepping on DM toes.
some other things about gaming with modern settings:
in horror/weird games, one of the best parts is discovering that “oh crap demons (aliens/tentacle beasts) are real!”
Clearly the MOST IMPORTANT element of playing a MODERN game vs traditional fantasy is saying “GM” and not “DM.”
Not to be contrary,but I find it easier to amerce myself in a fantastical setting. If not high Fantasy, then steampunk
Villains in a modern setting:
Who are your go-to bad guys in a modern setting?
Cultists. Cliche, but it works!
government agents are always good.
Hate groups. Corporations. And modern-day recreations of fantasy tropes, like media mogul mind flayers.
mafia, mafia, mafia, Catholic church, Al-Queda, Basque separatists, mafia
I’ve also enjoyed local bad guys, depending on your scale. One small-time crime boss with delusions of grandeur can be quite fun.
I’m a big fan of villains with grey morality who you like in some ways. Like Boyd Crowder from Justified
Some tweeters also tossed out neat ideas for games:
Modern game: Alien ship arrives, players go “OH SH$T!” Fantasy game: aliens arrive, everyone goes “OH NO! NOT SPELLJAMMER AGAIN!”
If you’re looking for inspiration for modern games, check out Unreal World: http://www.theilluminerdy.com/category/unreal-worlds/ … #RPGchat
For a Men in Black game, I gave my players a World Weekly News and they picked the article to investigate. Great fun!
Some TV shows and movies to convert to RPGs:
Fringe RPG would be pretty legit, right?
Is it wrong to say Inception? But I guess I would as the game I’m working on at the mo (WILD) is very Inception based.
The Almighty Johnsons would be a fun to play as a game.
We want to play in the fantasy world where there are airships, and magical robots. The modern game roots our imaginations
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