In “Your RPG setting of the week,” we will examine RPG settings that either have the possibility of being cool or the possibility of being the worst idea ever; clearly, it depends on your perspective. Some might be wild, fun scenarios, and others are merely playable fanfiction. Submissions are absolutely welcome, so send in your own RPG setting of the week!
Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most popular writers that hasn’t written anything of worth in a long time. Shockingly offensive, perverted, descriptive, and obsessive with details, the Chuck Palahniuk RPG would be a cacophony of messed up individuals with oddball, mundane jobs and mental deficiencies.
Set-up: Project Mayhem has gone global. They are spreading their message of anarchy and nihilism and it is up to the players to either side with Project Mayhem or battle against them . . . or to do both.
Character creation: Each player will create a character that has an obsession to make them interesting. After choosing their obsession, they must go and pain-stakingly research this subject or they are not allowed to play the game. Also, just because they researched their subject does not make them special. In fact, it just solidifies how much like dirt and crap they are. The GM should remind the players frequently that the game, like life, is ultimately meaningless and none of their decisions really matter because they are all going to die anyway.
After choosing a job/oddball fact, players can choose from one of the various character types:
- Former cult member
- Mental patient
- Escaped mental patient
- Sex addict
- Serial killer
- Recovering serial killer
- Killer in transition to serial killer
- Sex phone operator
- Former child star
- Drug addict
- Figment of another player’s imagination
- Recovering sex addict mental patient who is employed as a sex phone operator
Gameplay: Don’t choose a system to play this in because a system of play limits the potential. You’ve played by the rules for too long. Don’t you want to trash the rules and be a man for once in your life?
In the end, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters. Players can do whatever they want and it will ultimately accomplish nothing. Roll dice, don’t roll dice, in the end, it’s the same result.
It’s sorta like Calvinball.
Like this idea? Hate it more than Heroes after season 1? Have any ideas for other RPG settings of the week? Then comment and tell me how you feel! If you decide to run the game, record it and I’ll put it up on the site!