Oddly Shaped Dice: The Steampunk One-Shot

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Oddly Shaped Dice: The Steampunk One-Shot

All this talk about steampunk has me thinking about some of the ideas I’ve kicked around for a Victorian Era RPG one-shot.

1. Here’s the thing about the movie version of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: it was a lousy movie and it would be an awesome RPG…much better for that purpose than the original graphic novels. Come to think of it, “Van Helsing” didn’t really float my boat, but there’s great RPG material in there.

2. I’m a pretty big fan of the old Wold Newton “multiple fictional characters in a shared universe” thing…to the point that I wrote a d20 Modern supplement on the subject…so I’d probably do something like this with the implied understanding that somewhere in this setting, there are some variations of Nemo, Moreau, Van Helsing, etc.

3. “Steampunk vampire hunters” is one of the Holy Grails of my GM’ing career. I would probably just run the recent “Expedition to Castle Ravenloft” and give the PCs suitable backgrounds in state-of-the-art 19th century counter-occult science — alchemical weapons, electrical ghost-traps, etc.

By | 2017-03-17T01:04:51+00:00 November 6th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: , |2 Comments

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  1. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Planetary is the shizzle. It is to nerd pop culture what Ulysses is to "serious" literature — you really need about twenty years of absorbing the background material to fully appreciate what Ellis (or Joyce) is doing.

  2. CT February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Ahhh…Wold Newton. Though I have that Doc Savage book, you really introduced me to the Wold Newton concept. And I love it even though I think it can get too expansive at times. I once read an attempt to connect the original pulp heroes to Scooby Doo.

    The best thing that's really explored the idea of this shared universe is Planetary. That'd make a great basis for a modern version of this concept.

    I hope they wrap that book up soon and get the final trade out so I can sit down with them all again and read it all in one sitting.

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