The rpg urge has been sneaking forward in my consciousness due to a younger generation of Gamers. I had noted that they are a bit too tied to the rule books, not a problem we often had when playing old school rpgs. So, I devised the following survey to give them some ideas about flexibility within their role-playing game settings.
While this survey may seem vague or sophomoric at first glance, I should point out that these young Gamers which I designed it for are preteens. I hope to patch together an adventure using Risus or a diceless rpg as our base mechanic.
I'll attempt to attache a link for a Google Doc, the text format of the survey is as follows.
An RPG which I would like to play other than fantasy.
Choose one option from the following lists or combine choices within the categories.
1. The game setting would be:
Pre-Historic -- Horror -- Mystery -- Sci Fi -- Comedy -- 1920s Gangsters -- The Wild West
Pirates -- Lost World Adventure (like King Kong) -- Super Heroes – Time Travel
Wizarding world of Harry what's-his-name
Combine two of the above or add your own suggestion:
2. My character race would be:
Human – Wookie – Frankenstein – Vampire – Zombie -- Werewolf -- Grey Alien --- Giant
Half-dragon -- Puppy, kitty or bunny -- Centaur – Klingon -- Robot or Android -- Caveman
Primate or ape -- Dinosaur -- Godzilla -- The Hulk -- Mutant (like Ninja Turtles) -- Alien
Pokémon -- Other Fantasy -- Other Horror --- Other?
My character class would be:
Warrior -- Wizard -- Thief or rogue -- Monk (Asian or European) – Gunslinger -- Gangsters
Space Pirate -- Detective – Con Man --- Scientist --- Jedi --- Bard or Musician –
Star Fleet Commander --- Pioneer or Adventurer --- Caveman – Other?
My weapon would be:
Sticks and stones --- a sling and a club --- a magic wand --- a gun --- a laser gun --- magic beans
a broken bottle --- a magic lamp --- a laptop --- Fire or other element --- spider senses (mutant ability)
a musical instrument --- a magic harp --- The force --- a light saber --- other?
My vehicle would be:
A water buffalo -- a little red wagon -- Model T Ford -- a space ship -- time machine -- flying carpet --- a dragon --- a robot or android --- a unicorn --- Mystery Machine or A Team van --- a pirate ship ---- Other?
My companion or spirit animal would be:
Sticks and stones --- a dragon --- a robot or android --- a Wookie --- A hologram or spirit --- a pixie fairy --- a Smurf --- a pet rock ---- a parrot ---- a talking dog ---- a laptop --- Other?