#RPGaDAY 2015 Day 26, Favourite Inspiration for a Game


Man, I love roleplaying, so much so that I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about games, not just games I’m running or playing in but games I’d like to run, games friends are running, just games in general. What that means is that I see inspiration EVERYWHERE.

Just because I watch a lot of TV, I’d say that’s probably my favourite place to find inspiration. When I run a new game I like to watch shows with similar themes or settings to get me in the right mood and to focus my mind. So for Cyberpunk games shows like Almost Human, or Anime like Ghost in the Shell work, for Horror (specifically Cthulhu) I think the the recent adaptation of Sleepy Hollow is particularly apt, as was the first season of True Detective and all of Boardwalk Empire. Fantasy is a little harder to get proper inspiration for but Xena, Hercules, Legend of the Seeker and even Spartacus can all provide inspiration.

Ultimately I see inspiration everywhere, in everything I watch because I can pick up on vague stories and themes and transpose them. Modern TV shows have become excellent and telling longer more detailed and slower burning stories and those are the kind or stories that I prefer to tell when I run a game.

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