GM Help: RPG setting ideas

GM Help: RPG setting ideas

One of the strengths of the D20 systems is the wide range of settings it can be used in. Between Dungeons and Dragons, Modern, Future, Cyberpunk and the Past supplements just about any setting can be run fairly effectively. I’ve so far ran a Time Travel Fantasy game, a Steam Punk/Victorian Era game, and a near future high tech space game with this system. Here’s a list of some other settings that I think would make a great game.

Torchwood – United States

A new rift has opened up in whatever major city you’re most familiar with. Captain Jack is in town to check it out and see how big it is. Unfortunately he finds that it needs a 24/7 team to watch over it. This is where the PCs come in, they can either be drafted or coerced by Captain Jack, or be members of a secret military organization or even private company dedicated to such things. This could be a Bureau-13 type setting with aliens, time-travel, and unexplained monsters, along with the very occasional siting of the good Doctor. Having this be over seas from the main part of Torchwood gives the characters the ability to get some occasional help or specialized equipment when needed, but not be totally dependent on them.

Roadmarks

Based on the book of the same name by Roger Zelazny, Roadmarks is the story of a couple who travel a road through time. Characters can be police from some where in the future tasked with patrolling the road. Or they could be hapless travelers from any era who turned off on the wrong road and ended up here. Perhaps they’re looking to just get back, or possibly they’re trying to make a profit off the road by (illegally) running artifacts from the past to the future. Or possibly providing modern guns to participants in ancient wars.

Space 1899

This was a game system from the 1980’s that had a great background, but wasn’t too popular for some reason. The discovery of liftwood allows the building of ships capable of space flight. This fueled further colonization of not only Earth, but Mars which was essentially a Colonial-era Africa in Victorian times. Using the D20 Past rules, some various D20 Steam Punk settings, and a bit of research into Victorian eras a great game could be built.

Zompocalypse

Zombies have risen, and are eating brains. Use D20 Modern and a basic Zombie template. The Zombie outbreak could be a localized event or a world wide event. This would be a great setting to play boringly “normal” characters who have been trust into an extraordinary ┬ásituation. The area of conflict can be an entire town, or an office building, mall or school. Characters have to use makeshift weapons and depend on whatever supplies they can find. This could be a one off game, or an entire campaign as the PCs explore and father clues to find out how the got Zombies started.

As can be seen, most any setting can easily be created in the D20 system. So go take advantage of it! And have fun!

MarkeeDragon.com Down

MarkeeDragon.com Down

In a surprise move today, Markee Dragon himself, Marcus Eikenberry announced that they are removing all content that violates the game companies Terms of Service from the MarkeeDragon.com website. All the trading, buying, selling forums are being moved over to mmobay.com completely.

Interestingly, Marcus talks about how this is an attempt to legitimize MarkeeDragon.com in the eyes of the game companies and push them towards supporting in game RMT services much more then they do now.

The full announcement can be found on the Markee Dragon YouTube site or on the front page of MarkeeDragon.com.


Job Searching in Portland

Job Searching in Portland

As I now find myself the latest victim of the poor economy, here is a list of job searches via Twitter that are specific to Portland Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest in general.

There is the twitter user name first, then the RSS feed of that user.

http://twitter.com/Oregon_Jobs_USA
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/76015772.rss

http://twitter.com/ZuluJobsOR
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/62178090.rss

http://twitter.com/DesignJobsPDX
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/63858690.rss

http://twitter.com/ITJobsPDX
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/74228057.rss

http://twitter.com/pdxgreenjobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27772158.rss

http://twitter.com/pdxbizjobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27772663.rss

http://twitter.com/GreenPortland
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/23449446.rss

http://twitter.com/pdxtechjobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/19788966.rss

http://twitter.com/myoregonjobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/19790679.rss

http://twitter.com/NorthWestJobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/15455092.rss

http://twitter.com/pdxcreativejobs
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/19789559.rss

http://twitter.com/GameTalentAgent
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/14523471.rss

http://twitter.com/pdxmarketingjob
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/19791664.rss

http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/