10-words scenario

edited April 2012 in Story Games
This thread is to post and discuss small scenarios, 10 words at most (title and game not included).

As an example I post a scenario for any fantasy-game.
Clowns in power

- Magical artists
- Comradeship
- Preparations

- Travelling
- Peasants
- Performance

- Shadows

- Angry clowns
10 words in total, simple and evocative.

Have a go!
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  • That's more what I would call story seeds than a scenario; in a scenario, a lot of the legwork has been done by the author, providing names, places, a plot, etc.
  • Space Chimps Return

    Ham, Enos
    Cosmic power
    Mamie Eisenhower
    Washington
    Ape Messiah
    Apocalypse
  • Six Fathoms Deep

    - Weird War
    - Uncharted Islands
    - Mutants/Bio-Weapons
    - Cthulhu
    - Japanese/Allied players
  • Much more prescriptive than the previous three examples, but I normally think about campaigns in terms of the main conflicts and this is basically what I have written on page one of my current campaign notes:

    Apep Rises
    ----------
    1918 Egyptian Revolution
    Colonialism / Class
    Myth vs Science
    Archaeologist & Sand
  • Cave In
    Trapped
    Seek exit
    Albino bat things
    Traitor
    Shoggoth
  • Posted By: Simon RogersShoggoth
    You can never go wrong ending with a Shoggoth.
  • School Chums
    Gang Hut
    Van Helsing
    Morgue Cemetery
    Golem
    Cricket
  • If the results of this thread don't end up on abulafia, I'm going to cry.
  • King's troops: barren orchards and empty barns. How to survive?
  • Wheat ocean
    Small plainsmen with ponies
    Land sharks
    Brush fire
  • Worlds within worlds

    Parasitic influence
    Reality Dream
    Chrysalis
    Born again
    Which world
    Shoggoth
  • We didn't know
    Oh god
    They're coming
    Judgement
    Baked Alaska
  • Prom night
    Broken promise
    water tower
    pet cemetery
    creative weaponry
  • For something like InSpectres, more than a sentence or two of scenario can be harmful to play. Here's a good scenario for InSpectes InSpace:

    Mysterious energy pulse detected.
    Epislon Eridani has gone missing.
    Investigate.
  • You wake from cryosleep.
    Ship badly damaged.
    Light years off course.
  • edited April 2012
    Mega Pixel Dropkick X-treme

    Pinball Vixen
    Technicolor Wizardry
    Earth under attack
    High score!
    YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!
  • This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone... Mayday, Mayday...
  • edited April 2012
    Posted By: James MullenThat's more what I would call story seeds than a scenario; in a scenario, a lot of the legwork has been done by the author, providing names, places, a plot, etc.
    That is ok, James. We don't mind making scenarios with a lot more leg-work to be done by the players, you see. ;-)
    Posted By: UserCloneIf the results of this thread don't end up on abulafia, I'm going to cry.
    What's "abulafia"? Why cry? LOL

    New one:

    What's Abulafia?

    - Investigators
    - Corpses inscribed with "Abulafia"

    - No clues
    - No witnesses
    - Abulafia?
  • edited April 2012
    I googled it myself, Jason, after I wrote that scenario. But thanks!

    The "random generator" and the "prophetic kabbalah" made for some interesting leads in the scenario. ;-)
  • Strangers.
    Train.
    "Let's swap murders!"
    Everything goes wrong.
    Framed.
    Revenge?
  • Blogger.
    Whistle-blower.
    Trust me?
    Viral press release.
    Blowback.
    Credibility?
  • Queen of Beats
    Jack of Rhymes
    Hustle
    Heist
    Good Times
    Bad Times
  • You Have 30 Minutes, Mr. Smith

    rooftop access
    advanced security
    - - -
    frozen vial
    faded photograph
    - - -
    desperate father
  • We visit your mother. She doesn't know that we're married.
  • Posted By: TomasHVMPosted By: James MullenThat's more what I would call story seeds than a scenario; in a scenario, a lot of the legwork has been done by the author, providing names, places, a plot, etc.
    That is ok, James. We don't mind making scenarios with a lot more leg-work to be done by the players, you see. ;-)
    Posted By: UserCloneIf the results of this thread don't end up on abulafia, I'm going to cry.
    What's "abulafia"? Why cry? LOL

    New one:

    What's Abulafia?

    - Investigators
    - Corpses inscribed with "Abulafia"

    - No clues
    - No witnesses
    - Abulafia?

    That is so meta, you just blew my fucking mind.
  • edited April 2012
    Well, if your mind was fucked already, Joseph, blowing it don't strike me as the worst you have seen. ;-)

    Joseph Fucked
    - a contemporary scenario of internal evil

    - Murdered family

    - Friends
    - Therapist
    - Detective

    - Suspicions

    - Split personality
    - Fucked
  • Posted By: Jason MorningstarPosted By: Simon RogersShoggoth
    You can never go wrong ending with a Shoggoth.

    Likewise, you can never go wrong when you start with a monkey (yes, I know).

    Dragon kidnaps princess
    Find dragon
    Dragon and princess in love
  • Runic teacups
    Animorphic airships
    Missing heir
    Varangian detectives
    Star-crossed
    Tesla
  • Posted By: Simon RogersDragon kidnaps princess
    Find dragon
    Dragon and princess in love
    A simple twist is always good for game-play! :-)

    Turning The Hunt

    - Hunters
    - Bear-tracks
    - Woods
    - Carcasses

    - Highlands
    - Bigger tracks

    - Storm
    - Bipedal tracks
    - Disappearing ...
  • I must be in a naval mood...

    Tin Fish

    - Torpedo Explosion
    - Submarine Claustrophobia
    - Hull tapping
    - Compartment Flooding
    - Last Chance
  • -"Find my mistress"
    -Acapulco
    -$40,000
    -Frisco
    -Murder
    -Flash-forward
    -Betrayal
    -Revenge
  • A free-form scenario with no conflicts, no dice, no external drama. Only mellowness and love.
    Sunday

    - Family

    - Birdsong
    - Laziness
    - Breakfast

    - Sunshine
    - Gardening
    - Lunch

    - Reading
    - Dinner
    - Singing
    Have a nice day!
  • @ThomasHVM Change Reading to Zombies and I'm with you.
  • LOL

    Sorry, Simon, you will have to hack it yourself. And here's the challenge; make that change, and still; keep it a scenario with no conflicts, no dice, no external drama. Only mellowness and love!

    Come on, Simon; you can do it! ;-)
  • @ThomasHVM This reads pretty much like my day, with no changes needed. For Zombies - I've been playing Plants vs Zombies with my son.
  • Ah! Simon; you outsmarted me! "Plants vs Zombies" indeed!
  • -Franz Kafka
    -Unpredictable time travel
    -Starvation
    -A night in Paris
  • Down the Rabbit's Hole

    Steamboat
    Vertical River
    Cave

    Blind
    Elephants
    Hostage

    Militants
    Land sharks
  • asylum
    straight jacket
    experimental drugs
    tripping
    psychic powers
    much blood
  • Posted By: BryanDown the Rabbit's Hole
    That one captured my imagination. Maybe it's the ominous "land sharks" at the end of it ...
  • Car bomb
    fever pitch

    hot, kinky
    anonymous

    nationalist
    contingent

    bewildering
  • Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Shotguns
    Whisky
  • Teenage detectives
    Groovy van
    Talking dog
    Haunted mansion
    Zoinks!

    Shoggoth
  • A free-form scenario with muffins ...
    Poisoned parents

    - Family

    - Birdsong
    - Baking

    - Muffins
    - Poisoned
    - Parents

    - Children
    - Cellar

    - Evil goblin
    Have a nice day!
  • University
    Suicide
    Parent
    Faculty
    Library
    Summoning circle
    Infighting
    Disappearances
    Homecoming
  • Naked Junk

    -Agent
    -Sadists
    -Narcotics Squad
    -Clerk

    -next fix
    -fleeing

    -marketplace
    -Interzone
  • edited May 2012
    Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Land sharks
    Shotguns
    Whisky

    Best. Game. EVAR!!!!!!one
  • Stalingrad
    World War 2
    A lost child seeks Baba Yaga
  • Sieg Heil

    Dresden
    World War 2
    Hitler Jugend transforming into fire demons
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