Shining Dodecahedron

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ahoy Mateys!

A while back I talked a little about my designs in progress. Apart from needing to get off my ass and get Gallant out the door imperfect as it is, I've been really dragging my feet about my as-yet-unnamed pirate game. When I started work on it I wanted it to be silly movie pirates--kind of a Yellowbeard the RPG. Then I thought it would be really cool to have it be serious--all about desperation on the high seas. Then I thought action/adventure but not too silly. Lots of round and round.

Well, today's big announcement is my commitment to publish not one, not two, but eight pirate games in a single volume. I'll call it Pieces of Eight, and it will contain games satisfying all of my previous pirate game itches and more.

Here's something cooler. Challenge me! I only have ideas in my head for maybe four of the eight. Let me know in this thread what you'd like to see me cover. What do pirates mean to you? I'd like to cover different styles of play and satisfy different creative agendas in the book, so throw me whatever crazy design curveballs you can come up with.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I propose either Captain Blood, a game for two in which one player is Captain Blood and another is Arabella Bishop, or Pirate Love Triangle, a game for three in which two player characters compete for the affection of the third player character. In both games, one character is usually off-screen, so that player serves as GM and puts obstacles in the way of the player(s) trying to consummate a romance.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 5:26:00 PM  
Blogger Martin Ralya said...

Assuming that...

1. Silly movie pirates
2. Desperation on the high seas

...what are the other two that you have ideas for?

I love the 8-part concept, and the title is perfect. Neat idea!

Thursday, August 25, 2005 6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jay Loomis said...

Here are the firmest ideas I have so far:
* Serious game of desperation on the high seas.
* Silly pirates (beer & pretzels type game)
* Action adventure game. No centralized GM. Collaborative storytelling perhaps without dice or other randomizers.
* Game where all of the players work together to play a single pirate captain. Each one gets a different aspect of him/her as well as aspects fo the environment and some other characters.

I *love* the Pirate Love Triangle idea. It may well be the fifth! Please, anonymous, identify yourself so that I can acknowledge the cool idea!

Thursday, August 25, 2005 6:36:00 PM  
Blogger Nathan P. said...

Random thoughts....

Marooned! A group of pirates marooned on a desert island. Gameplay consists of trying to get off the island while simultaneously finding out why they were marooned in the first place.

A Simmy game about naval battles on the high seas, with the characters lending their skills/abilities/cool stuff to the ship. Or play ships as characters, with the pirates on them as stats.

"Pirates Fantastic", pirates that sail off the edge of the world in search of the greatest treasure ever to sink below the waves...with all kinds of seamonstery, ghostshippy, secretislandy goodness.

Any of that any good?

Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Bankuei said...

If you don't already have a pirates vs. ghost ship of undead zombie/ghost pirates, then you need one. Also, maybe a game based completely on the flashbacks of a single pirate before his execution? Could be fun :)

Friday, August 26, 2005 9:03:00 AM  
Blogger Jay Loomis said...

Oooh! Bankuei gets a cookie for the flashback idea. I like it!

And, yes, ghostships have to come into it somewhere. At least one of the eight has to have supernatural stuff going on.

Friday, August 26, 2005 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger John Harper said...

As usual, Bankeui makes what would have been my contribution redundant. :-)

Ummmm. How about... uh... oh! Duh! Space Pirates!!!. Can't believe no one else has said that.

Friday, August 26, 2005 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Jay Loomis said...

Whoa! That is a big duh. How could I not have thought about space pirates!?!

Friday, August 26, 2005 12:32:00 PM  
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