Hey guys, Derek here, just thought I wanted to let you know that I’m still working on my idea development for my WW2 French Resistance and Super Hero/Spy games, but lately I’ve been giving some thought towards something a little more unusual and perhaps slightly free form. I’ve had two basic game concept ideas and I’m curious as to what people think is the more interesting to work on? Here’s the two ideas…
a. A game where you start off as a baby or young infant and effectively in each chapter you play at a key age of development like 10, 18, 25 or 40 years old, all the way up to old age or retirement. The idea being that in life we make seemingly small choices which can have big consequences later, and I figure a game which touches on that, not to mention touching on an array of genres would be fun. The way things could go I could imagine about 100 different endings, varying from believable (you got married, became a dad/mum, got an awesome job) to more zany (you invented time travel, became a vampire, made world peace or landed on Mars) and it’s up to the player to figure out what ‘little things’ effect their characters later on. So maybe something between Paradox Factor and Life of a Wizard here.
b. A generational based game. Effectively in each chapter you play a descendant of the previous, and the choices you make will affect the station, location and role of your next character. Right now this would definitely be Earth based as I like the idea of your character getting involved in human history. Possibly this might mean being a direct descendant like a son or daughter (gender in theory would be able to be selected in each chapter) or it might go further and cover a wider berth of history. I can’t say right now what time periods or key events I could feature but I would ideally not want it to be confined to just Europe or America if I could help it. I kind of feel I was inspired by the Choice of the Vampire series for this one, though this is quite different and you would always be human, though I guess the future could appear as well!
So which of these sound the more interesting, if either. Right now they’re very generalized and I’ll be likely working on Marquis and Silver Age more, but I would still love to know what you’d think!