Interest Check Thread


#167

New random thought. I don’t know when I could get to it, but I will throw it out there.

I had a dream about baby kangaroos not too long ago. Which made me think of the potential for a fantasy game. The thought process is pretty obvious, so I won’t bother to explain it.

Now here’s the thing about this fantasy story. Yes, you have elves, orcs and like four types of tiny humans that are all similar but also not. Now here’s a question for you. If elves and orcs existed, what form do you think they would have taken in the prehistoric era?

Where do you think orcs would have evolved on the evolution scale? Would they have been bigger and more dangerous or did they develop to what they are over time? What if five million years ago, elves were the most dangerous things on the planet and they hunted the dinosaurs to extinction? What if gnomes were really vicious pack beasts that left nothing behind of their prey?

What if magic had to be evolved over time and was a really unstable force that caused as much problems as it solves? What if ancient primitive imp ancestors were some of the most fearsome things on the planet?

I’m just spouting theories. I don’t know what exact angle I would go with, but if the idea sounds worth pursuing to other people, I might look into later. Come to think of it, I think someone had a similar concept and told me about before, but I don’t remember who.


#168

Now this sounds interesting


#169

I’m definitely interested in the kingdom simulator. Those games have been amazing


#170

One I’m working on: a modern-day detective semi-noir where you’ll solve some major crimes like murders and a bank robbery. The main over-arching story will be your discovery and then hunt for a serial killer who’s gone unnoticed due to their victims being sex workers. There’s also a sort of “tale of two cities” aspect between the city it takes place in, with the two halves of the city contrasting in terms of wealth and crime rates, etc.

I currently plan on having romance options but I’m more focused on making the characters interesting and loveable before going too deeply into that. As I get further into it I’ll likely ask for opinions on what kind of crimes people would like to solve and things like that. I’d also like to have a determinant scene later on when you can interview a serial killer in an attempt to gain an insight on the one you’re chasing now (yes, like silence of the lambs). Overall there’s actually a fair amount of real-crime references.


#171

Big fan of noir, so this seems extremely interesting. It has potential to grow into something big with a multitude of branching sections. Can’t wait to see more!


#172

I’m not sure if someone already put this idea out there, but what about a paparazzi/actor choice game? The player could be a person hoping to make it on the big screen, and go through the trials and tribulations of a modern day celebrity. Or the MC could be getting into the paparazzi business and do what ever it takes to get the best paying photos of celebrities.

You could get really dark with this idea, and I can think of soooo many bad and angsty endings for this.


#173

Oh! What about a high school simulator? Like something out of a slice-of-life anime? So many variables and soooo much angst.


#174

What about a school social intrigue? Your popularity (feigned or otherwise depening on groups), academic success/competition, romantic complications back stabbings and administrative fraud galore! Kinda like court political intrigue but thrown into a school setting instead. Oh the possibilities!


#175

I really like the paparazzi one


#176

I love the idea of an actually detective focused story (without fantastical elements) and especially if you can inject it with a film noir veneer! That sounds amazing. Having said that, I feel that “a serial killer targeting sex workers” is a little overused and kind of takes away from some of the more interesting aspects of serial killer crime stories: why and how the killer chooses their victims. Of course, you can easily overcome a cliche so I’m sure it could be amazing anyway, but that’s just my 2 cents. :sweat_smile:


#177

Oh I’m very interested in that


#178

Feel free to take the idea lol, since I’m still working on my wannabee idol stuck in a grueling and competitive industry.


#179

I have a, so far, rather vague idea for a game:

The (adult) MC wakes up in a kind of spiritual world or dreamscape, and have to get through it somehow to return back, and meets some strange creatures/people along the way.
A lot a la Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Behind the Looking Glass, but not reusing the ideas and iconic characters as most interpretations do.

I would want the feeling to be rather dark, but still whimsical and dream-like.

There might be some plot about trying to remember what happened to you.

Inspirations would be:

  • (Obviously) Alice in Wonderland and all it’s retellings, especially the American McGee games.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Labyrinth (the movie)
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Music videos like these two: Link and Link
  • Probably some more that I haven’t thought off…

#180

I’m new to the forums but I’ve been playing CoG for a while now and I’ve had a simple story swirling around in my head for several years that I thought people might enjoy, the tentative title is God of the Red Mountain:

Inspired by Chinese/Japanese myths, you play as a spirit that has run away from the surface world due to a tragic event. You’d have been content to stay there too, if not for the mountain god who suddenly comes looking for you. You’re recruited to be that Divine Being’s retainer, but for what purpose? And what exactly is your end goal?

Features:

  • What kind of spirit are you? Choose between eight choices! (4 plant and 4 animals. There’s a plot purpose for this.)
  • Look after the residents of the mountain! Will you be kind to the villagers, or are you the protector of the forest?
  • Prepare for the ever-approaching wave of Foxes, malignant monsters that would tear you to pieces.
  • Become a god of your own making!

The world will resemble many Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, but no prior knowledge of them should be needed. I’ve started on a demo already and if people are interested, I can release something by next week.


#181

You got my interest now. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you got for it. :slight_smile:


#182

Well, it is cliche because its so common in real life, you know? I had wanted to go that route for a dual purpose: Its really common in real life for crimes against sex workers to simply be ignored, they actually have the term “No Humans Involved” to classify them. So I really just wanted to discuss this and make commentary about how that’s terrible, ya know? It also serves as a story element to allow the character to discover the serial killer a few kills in, and thus have to go through the process of linking cases together and what not. This could probably be done a different way, but it’s the most realistic.

As for your second point, I can without a doubt discuss how and why serial killers choose sex workers. It seems obvious, but I’ll be able to make a lot of social commentary about the way we view sex work and power dynamics and just so many different things. I’m definitely open to the idea of using a different M.O., as I haven’t gotten that far in the writing yet, but I don’t know of a better approach that still feels realistic and gives me a good platform to challenge our status quo. Always open to suggestions, though.


#183

That’s all fair enough! I just wanted to make sure that there was a reasoning behind your choice and it seems like you’ve clearly thought it through. You’re not simply capitalizing on Jack the Ripper interest and actually have something you want to explore with your choice. That’s the most important thing!

I mean the killer could still kill them in weird/unique ways that bring up the question of why that’s how they do it. Or maybe they only kills certain sex workers or in certain locations. So you can still have a lot of investigative mystery with it!

Also, when is the story going to be set? Noir generally goes for the same time period it was famous for but there’s no reason you can’t use it in a modern or future time. Could be fun! Is that what you were thinking? I see you mentioning the modern day.


#184

Yup, modern day (or at least like early 2000s) is the plan. I think the incorporation of things like video and D.N.A. can serve as good, effective ways to move the story along at certain points while still being interesting. It won’t be detached from our reality much at all. I like the idea of a modern day serial killer who actually kind of knows what they’re doing and manages to be a step ahead of police, even with all the disadvantages modern technology brings against them.


#185

Here’s a thing. Current data on active serial killers shows that female victims are the targets in 51% cases, beating male victims by only a little more than two percent. More than half of the victims of a serial killer are under the age of 30.

Nearly a third of cases are done for the sake of killing, where another third are done for the purposes of profit and some type of financial gain. Examples of that would be gang members with high kill counts or drug lords who kill multiple people without taking much media attention. Less than one percent of the cases are done for attention.

Stats indicate that the preferred weapon of intelligent killers, are in fact, explosives. The second goto method for them after that, is poison. Close range killings are generally performed by murderers who are considered less intelligent. However, this doesn’t change that fact that close to half of all serial killers use guns to kill their victims, with strangulation coming in second, with knives following after.

The rate of serial murder has also dropped about 85%, since technology has improved drastically and now they are usually caught after one or two before four or five. However, what this means is that now in recent years, it’s become increasingly difficult to predict the behavior of repeated murders as a group statistic since the still active ones vary greatly in motivations and methodology.

That being said, prime targets are often homeless people, hikers, sex workers, and hitchhikers. What is labeled as “low risk victims.” I didn’t invent the term. Mind you, the odds of actually being murdered by a serial killer are less that 0.01%. You’d be more likely to die from say…a shark attack than you would for some Voorheeian slasher. And more likely to die from coconuts that either.

So what my point is, I don’t think your story has to be like a 70s era movie to make it more “realistic” since now in the modern era, that doesn’t really apply in the same way as much anymore.


#186

What kind of bhuddism though? I assume it’ll be a branch of Mahayana bhuddism?
Admittedly Theravada bhuddism is my specialty but im definitely interested still. We havent had a yokai game yet right?