Thursday, April 28, 2011
Calling All Really Cool Idea People
I need help. I am going to be starting a new LL +AEC game. This isn't a home hosted one - but an every other week affair at the FLGS. The ulterior motive is to create a public haven for old school gaming in this 4e/3,5/Pathfinder rich environment - a place where D&D or Traveller or Stars Without Numbers or Gamma World or Mutant Future or Top Secret could just be whipped out and people would be on it like stink on a dog. But we'll start with LL.
The trouble is, I run a home game every other weekend. It is very vanilla LL. By design - cuz I like it. But for the public game, I want to do something different. Not so far different that it freaks people (newcomers) out, but different enough to keep me interested. Understand?
We've so far got two players who are AD&D types, who want to start playing again, and two complete newbies. I expect others will be interested, but I'll let it grow organically. I think there will be some core people, but there will be people showing up some days and not others.
So I need . . I need . . . A slightly off-kilter episodic sandbox. I guess that is how one would describe it. I once ran a 4e game based loosely on Mouse Guard. It was over the Christmas holidays for a random bunch of people. It was 4e, but the players all were members of the 'Watch' and protected the border from EVIL. And helped little old ladies. They never battled giant crabs though.
Anyway, that worked, for the most part. I could encapsulate each game session into it's own episode - but it wasn't sandobxy at all. I led the players by the nose from episode to episode.
So, I'd like something different, but, well, my head hurts trying to think about it. I want to show the new players what my view of old school D&D is all about. I want it to be encapsulate-able into a session, however. So, a episodic sandbox. Is this an oxy-moron? And it needs to be weird but not too weird. Am I deluding myself? Is this possible?
Thanks in advance for any ideas or thoughts.