Fantasy Game Themes (Witcher 3 / Bloodborne)
ZombieGenesis last edited by ZombieGenesis
So a month and a half of Bloodborne and almost a week of the Witcher 3 has put me in quite a fantasy mood. I’m just not sure which, if either, would work as an online MU style game. Here are my thoughts on each.
Bloodborne has a fantastic setting. I think if you strip out the dream/nightmare stuff it would work well for a game. The different sections of Yharnam could offer some very different types of RP opportunities.
Overall: The entire game would be a city under siege from the forces of darkness. You could have werewolves, zombies, witches, serial killers, and possibly even more fantastic things preying on the citizens of Yharnam.
Central Yharnam/Cathedral Ward: Here we have a nice classic gothic city. I think a layered city like Yharnam would make a fantastic place to RP. Here you’d have your merchants, regular folk, whores, alchemists, and whatever all fearing the night. You could have survival style RP (again, surviving the night), social RP, political RP, and even some combat RP for hunter types.
Cainhurst Castle: Here you’d have your “noble” or GoT style RP. Possibly vampire driven (vampire PCs). There would be vampires at any rate it’s just whether or not they are player played or NPC driven. This place could be laden with drama and political RP as ancient families huddle together to survive not only the creatures of the night but the peasants of the city who fear them just as much as they do the monsters.
Forbidden Forest: I think this would be great for fringe and survival style RP. Druids, pagans, witches, ranger types, etch and so on. The survival RP here would be even stronger since they don’t have homes they can retreat into.
Byrgenwerth: A creepy college with a dedicated occult underground? I think the possibilities are endless here. Student/teacher RP, exploring the unknown, dealing with forces man was not meant to deal with. You might even be able to deal with some of the nightmare stuff here.
Obviously it wouldn’t be a straight rip of Bloodborne, change the city name and whatever as needed, but I think it has possibilities. I think using a Cthulhu system might work well for it too (either classic or the newer version that I’m quite less familiar with). It’d be a low powered, low magic game with an emphasis on survival. I think if players bought into the fact that their PCs will eventually die then people could have a blast.
The other possibility is taking the broadest concept of the Witcher, monsters need to die, and create a game around that. Start with a frontier city and just say it’s surrounded by monster infested wilderness. I think D&D 5E would work wonderfully for it. It’d have a broader appeal than Bloodborne-style MUX. I think it’d have less personality than Bloodborne-style MUX but it might be built for more longevity. You could even make the world very player driven with them owning the businesses and whatever.
Would there be room for either of these games in the current MU universe? After a rough start to the year I’m getting back into the MU world (and that means I’m also getting back to work on my Buffy game) but I can’t really find anything like either of the above. If there was interest in either I’d certainly be willing to do my part (coding, hosting, etc).