Re: [icons-rpg] Superheroes...and dungeons
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From: "John McMullen" <jhmcmullen@...>
Date: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 6:10 am
Subject: [icons-rpg] Superheroes...and dungeons
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>For whatever reason, I have a hankering to run a dungeon with superheroes. A dungeon reskinned, so we're not talking about VR or a dream of dungeons or going to the dungeon dimension.When I think of a dungeon, I think of constrained choices (you enter an area, fight the bad guys or deal with the puzzle or trap), and when you're done, you have to choose: quit, or go on. Given the right motive, they'll go on. Generally, I think of dungeons as having small rooms but some of these characters have movement powers, and I want to give them a place to strut their stuff too.(Will I run something using these ideas? I don't know. I'm brainstorming right now.)Thought of and discarded: VR, cyberspace, dungeon dimension, a fake "dungeon" that has been built for a movie set. (When I do Scooby-Doo, it will be an homage to Scooby-Doo, not a throwaway. <g>) For some reason, a dungeon in the land of dreams doesn't offend me as much, but again it calls for the dungeon to look like a dungeon, and I'd like to make it a "natural" part of the environment.Things I've come up with so far, that could be dungeon-like, given the right motivation (and given that some villains have transformation powers--I'm thinking of Pan's effect in the old *Freedom Force* game--any of them could be transformed to be more dungeon-like).Shopping malls. Open areas, though you need a reason to go into the various rooms/stores.High-rise towers. Looking for something? That could be a motive to open various things that should be accessible.Airport. Being "backstage" in the hidden places should give some opportunities.Cruise ship.Missile bases.Underground (undersea, in a deserted volcano) lair.Floating city or base (Pan again).Insane asylum or hospital.Inside a Pokemon ball: the heroes are the Pokemons, and if they're in for too long, they have to start making a willpower save against the mind control of the master (the owner of the ball).Stadium.What have you got as a dungeon-type environment? I'm really hoping to eventually come up with something that doesn't look at all like a dungeon, but still has the constrained choices and the possibility of traps or puzzles. (Ooooh: the idea of a Doom Town, but those were discontinued when they stopped aboveground testing of nuclear weapons. On the other hand, they must have supers they want to test....)JohnJohn McMullen (Young old coot)