Is this a really dumb theme?



  • So, I have been mushing for years and have recently gotten back into it(Mostly sci-fi and early Wheel of Time games). I am feeling the urge to run a little mush again. I'm installing Ares Mush, and trying to decide on a theme. I wanted something that would work well FS3, and came up with what might be the most idiotic thing....but it also seems like it could be a lot of fun in a pick up and play kind of way.

    1950s low-ish tech alien invasion of Earth. Laser guns and flying saucers vs early jets to start, that kind of thing. Not exactly deep moody RP, but light maybe slightly gritty fluff. Not the place for people who want a character to last for years, probably.

    That is real dumb, right?



  • @theznar said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    for years and have recently gotten back into it(Mostly sci-fi and early Wheel of Time games). I am feeling the urge to run a little mush again. I'm installing Ares Mush, and trying to decide on a theme. I wanted something that would work well FS3, and came up with what might be the most idiotic thing....but it also seems like it could be a lot of fun in a pick up and play kind of way.

    I find the idea of a P-51 Mustang against flying saucers to be fun. Jazz joints doing songs and big band swing for troops saving the world? Japanese pilots flying alongside their WW2 enemies against a common threat?

    Nope. Nothing fun at all there. ;)


  • Pitcrew

    @theznar

    I mean, no. Not if you think it'd be fun to play, can think of what people would RP out, and are willing to run it. Every idea can be boiled down to something that sounds dumb, at its core. Execution is more important than premise, and this premise isn't bad. There's LOTS of interest in pulp-y stuff. Like lots and lots and lots and lots.

    eta: is it gonna be the next big tent game? nope. nbd as long as you manage your expectations.



  • @Sunny

    Oh yeah. I'd hate to have an actually popular game. Niche and nerdy is the ticket.



  • @Ghost Thanks! I just needed someone else to be like...that sounds cool! The internet has jaded me.



  • @theznar said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    @Ghost Thanks! I just needed someone else to be like...that sounds cool! The internet has jaded me.

    If you rock themes like "WW2 pilots", jazz, 1940s/50s fashion, the dawn of the era of television, radio shows, etc I think it's a great idea, especially if you bend things to break down sexism and racism walls from the real world 40's/50's. Female pilots, black officers over white soldiers, etc.



  • Not dumb at all. I think what might be a task to manage is the theme: low-tech 50s.

    I like this theme but it's one of those things that if you want purity on the theme, it'll require some monitoring of players when they let non-50s things seep into the game.

    This is something to think about in terms of how theme is theme and how much you want people to stick to it.



  • @Ghost

    Yeah absolutely. Alt history is rather more fun than actual history for a reason.



  • @GangOfDolls said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    Not dumb at all. I think what might be a task to manage is the theme: low-tech 50s.

    I like this theme but it's one of those things that if you want purity on the theme, it'll require some monitoring of players when they let non-50s things seep into the game.

    This is something to think about in terms of how theme is theme and how much you want people to stick to it.

    For sure. I expect this will be small enough that monitoring things will be doable enough...especially since most players will probably be folks I know.



  • This sounds like The Savage Skies.


  • Pitcrew

    @Ganymede said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    This sounds like The Savage Skies.

    Except the Savage Skies is WW2 era alt history with dragons and high-tech and magic. I don't think it sounds very similar at all.



  • Is the Savage Skies a tt game?



  • @bear_necessities said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    Except the Savage Skies is WW2 era alt history with dragons and high-tech and magic. I don't think it sounds very similar at all.

    Well, yeah, but swap the dragons and magic for sci-fi alien stuff, and --


  • Pitcrew

    @Ganymede said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    @bear_necessities said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    Except the Savage Skies is WW2 era alt history with dragons and high-tech and magic. I don't think it sounds very similar at all.

    Well, yeah, but swap the dragons and magic for sci-fi alien stuff, and --

    And you still have 1950s atomicpunk aesthetic instead of 1930s dieselpunk/dragon aesthetic.

    It's similar in concept but it would prove to be wildly different in practice, I suspect.


  • Pitcrew

    @theznar said in Is this a really dumb theme?:

    Is the Savage Skies a tt game?

    Savage Skies is an Ares game (https://savageskies.aresmush.com/). It stopped being active sometime around September-ish.


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