As a bit of fun, I thought I’d revisit one of my favourite questions from last year, and add a few extra ideas I’ve had since originally writing it…
RPGaDay 2017 Day 6: You can game every day for a week, describe what you’d do.
Hold onto your hats guys, this one’s gonna be a doozy. These are the types of questions on this that I like as there is a huge scope and I may have, on occassion, pondered such scenarios and how I’d do them. So, taking the scenario that I have a full week with no other obligations, enough people to do what I want to do with, and enough funds to do it, let’s go down the rabbit hole and count down my top five ideas…
Warhammer Quest League – Play a number of dungeons a day, rack up a score and see where you rank at the end of each day.
5: The Legacy Game
The idea is based on the current trend of boardgames at the moment that have the mechanic where the end of a play-through then has effeects which affect the next play-through and so on. You would need a serious on-the-ball GM, but the idea of playing through day one and then coming back on day two and playing a session in the same world but say 20-30 years later as the next generation of adventurers would be pretty neat.
The was an idea a few friends and I toyed with for a while when trying to come up with a way to play RPGs for 24 hours without the danger of the GM becoming fatigued from runnign a game non-stop. The essentially every member of the group runs a 4-6 hour game of their choice in rotation meaning that the burden of GMing is shared out. This would work the best with a lot of pre-game prep to ensure that all characters are generated before the gaming begins. With a week to do something similar in, the oppurtunity to run, then have a break to mull over the events of your previous session while playing make this an interesting way to play/run games.
After last year’s WoW-a-thon, I had contemplated doing it again this year to see if I could better my performance, but life is unwilling to give me 24 hours (plus prep and recovery time) to give it another shot. But if I had a full week with nothing to distract me, playing for seven days and seeing just how far I could get would be wicked. I wouldn’t be playing non-stop, I’m not a massochist, but a solid chunk of the day, broken up for food and comfort breaks, playing with four other brave adventurers exploring Azeroth and beyond would be pretty cool.
2: The Worlds Largest Dungeon
This is my white whale, the gaming challenge that has eluded me and probably will never happen, but I can dream. the WLD is essentially a MASSIVE dungeon where you start at level one at the start and in theory you should be at level 20 when you come out the other side after facing every type of monster in the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. It’s an insane idea that I’ve started a few times but never gotten very far for one reason or another but I think if I had a week and a solid group it’d be fun to see just how far we got.
1: Computer Game Tournament.
I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that this would be my number one way to spend an entire week “gaming”. I hold my stag do as one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life and would do it again in a heart beat. I’d have 16 players taking part in a series of different play styles, Solo (you’re on your own to set the best score/time you can), Versus (you versus another player to see who wins), Co-op (you and another player team up to take on another pairing to see who wins) and 4-person challenges (you and three other players must work as a team to complete a challege to the best of your combined abilities). Each play style would be done over eight different catagories of computer games, Racing (Mario Kart, Forza), Beat ’em Up (Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros), Platforms (Sonic 2, Lego Star Wars), Strategy (Worms, Dawn of War), Sports (Fifa, Virtua Tennis), Shoot ’em Up (Left 4 Dead, Gears of War), Retro (Super Bomberman, Tetris) and Random (Super Monkeyball, Guitar Hero). The better you do the more points you get and at the end the person with the most points is crowned champion and has all the bragging rights.
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So as promised, here are a couple of ideas I thought could be fun to do over a week of gaming…
1: Formula D Grand Prix
At the UK Game Expo earlier this year I finally got a chance to play this game and I absolutely loved it. We played with the beginners rules and had a blast doing it, and I reckon playing a number of races on different tracks each day and scoring points based on finishing place with the person with the most points at the end winning the “championship” would be epic. You could go further and have teams of two like in the proper Formula One…
2: Living Campaign
This would require a number of top-notch GMs, a whole bunch of players and an epic level of organisation. You’d play a number of sessions over the course of each day, changing groups depending on what each player wanted to be involved with. There’s a whole bunch of cool ideas you could implement, each group carrying out different parts of plan to infiltrate a stronghold with each group’s exploits potentially affecting the other in real time, attempting to carry out the defence of a city and being split into multiple small groups carrying out roles. It would be an insane undertaking from a GM pont of view, but the potential awesomeness factor is off the charts…
Anyway, I hope this was a fun little bonus post, I’d love to hear what you think of these ideas, and if you have any ideas of your own for a seven day gaming extravaganza I’d love to hear them.
Day 10 will see me talking about how gaming has changed me…
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