The Consumer Aesthetics Research Institute (CARI) is an amazing website that categorizes popular aesthetic trends from the last 70 years in pop culture. Baz, Thad, and I browsed through the categories and used them to come up with ideas for new RPGs, campaigns for existing RPGs, D&D source books, and board games.
Synopsis: Thad and I both have ideas for scenarios. I got an idea for an investigative scenario (probably Delta Green) after I watched a series called Fear City. It focuses on the FBI’s prosecution of the mafia in the early 80s and how wiretapping was a key component. So I thought why not build a scenario around wiretapping? Thad recently read a book called Strike about the history of labor organizing and thought that would be an interesting challenge for a Red Markets game. In this episode, we talk about our ideas and how to structure them as adventures.
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- Collection of Saga Final Fantasy Legend: The old gameboy FF games brought to the Switch
- Come Drink With Me: A wuxia classic. Kung fu and amazing storytelling.
- Strike: A history of labor organizing.
- Bar the Windows, Bolt the Doors: a story telling horror game.
- Sensor: The newest Junji Ito horror masterpiece.
- Grave Encounters 1 and 2: Architectural horror films. A very niche subgenre but I love it.
- Streets of Rogue: An action roguelike video game with surprising complexity.
- Psychonauts 2: An incredible platformer video game about healing trauma.
Synopsis:Thad and I both recently played Control, a new video game about a secret government agency that tries to protect the world from supernatural forces while also trying to exploit that power for their own ends. Obviously, this is a riff on the SCP Foundation, but even that is part of a larger tradition of giant and usually evil (or at least corrupt) bureaucracies in horror games. Whether they are corporate or governmental, these bureaucracies wield as much power as an elder god and cannot be easily stopped or slain. We talk about how to subvert or change these tropes to make your next game or player character more interesting.
- Ballad of Black Tom: a brilliant Lovecraftian horror novella
- Astral Chain: a new beat em up from Platinum Games
- The Hitcher: a horror film starring Rutger Hauer as a terrifying hitchhiker
- Mob Psycho 100: A new anime series from the creator of One Punch Man
- The Dead Don’t Die: A zombie film directed by Jim Jarmusch
- The Wind: A Western horror film about life out on the Prairie