: Conan in a Wicked Age
I just had a genius idea. It's so genius that I told it to J, then Storygames, and now I'm telling it to you:
You know how in some rpgs there's one player who, for the whole duration of the game, is the GM? Like, Sorcerer and Shadowrun and The Mountain Witch are examples; there are many, many more.
If I were to play Conan In a Wicked Age, what I'd do is, I'd have one player whose job it is to play Conan in every session. Everybody else would do the full-on In a Wicked Age thing, with the oracles and the owe list and some characters being recurring and some not being recurring and everyone can GM some sessions if they want to - but this one player would be set apart to play Conan in every session.
This sounds so fun to me that I can hardly blink.
Conan would have very serious character continuity, even if you jump around chronologically like In a Wicked Age lets you - that'd be this player's job. And sometimes by chance Conan would be the true protagonist of the session, and sometimes someone else would be, with Conan there to add Conanosity; but at the end you'd look back and it'd be, damn, Conan.
Know who else this'd work for like crazy? Batman.
1. On 2008-01-05, Remi wrote:
Man, you could do almost any lone-wolf character from episodic fiction in this fashion. It, like, solves all these problems with having a lone-wolf character, remove strict continuity!
Since I do the pre-order dance and haven't read IWA, I am curious to know how this differs from the GM who always plays the Uber NPC in his game. Aside from, y'know, not sucking. Because the underlying assumption is that Conan always comes out...on-topish. Sometimes he just gets away by the skin of his teeth, but he usually exits with horse, a little ready cash and a very ready woman. And later on, he wins an empire and stuff.
Actually, having him get killed in the ear and then be back is awesome. Vincent, you were mentioning something like this with your Poison'd game, something about: I blow his brains out. But then the dice hit the table and that's not what happened. So I see the Killed in the Ear Conan in the same way I'm watching the cliffhanger ending of a Battlestar: remember when Starbuck stands there with a gun on Roslin and you're saying, "Oh man, she's gonna blow the Prez away!" and then next week it's, "Oh...she's just gonna confront her. Those tricksy writers!"
So what I'm saying is this would be great fun. Bang. You're. Dead. Wait. No. You're not.
At least, that's more fun to me than rolling for initiative and acting surprised.