Game Ideas: Rethinking Old Tropes

edited November 2012 in Story Games
Take these terms:
Monsters
Traps
Treasure
Fighter
Thief
Wizard
Cleric

Replace 5-7 of them with other words that capture the spirit of the ideas but take the setting/genre in new and interesting directions.

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  • People
    Abusive relationships
    True love
    Fighter
    Thief
    Stage magician
    Televangelist
  • Cattle Barons
    Deeds/Mortgages
    Dogies (Cattle)
    Cowboy
    Rustler
    Doc
    Clergyman
  • edited November 2012
    Trolls
    Warez
    Dollars
    Agent
    Criminal
    Wizard
    SpiritualistVisionary
  • Lovers
    Lies
    Kindness
    Rebels
    Psychics
    Bodhisattvas
    Robot Police
  • Outsiders
    Lack of Foresight
    A Day Off
    Type A Personality
    Passive-Aggressive Tendencies
    Popular Extrovert
    Lonely Introvert
  • wow, I totally want to play these :)
  • Jerks
    Addictions
    Happiness
    Patient
    Co-depend
    Artist
    Therapist
  • (Ola J's is my fave by far)

    Bourgeoisie
    Straw Men
    Rulership
    Activist
    Guerrilla
    Artist
    Politician
  • Customers
    Toilet Cleaning Duty
    Tips
    Cashier
    Slacker
    Manager
    The New Girl
  • Parents
    Homework
    Treasure
    The Jock
    The Criminal
    The Basketcase
    The Brain
  • Commies
    Traps
    Truth
    Soldier
    Spy
    Tinker
    Tailor
  • Monsters : Publishers / Lawyers / Venue Owners
    Traps : Contracts
    Treasure : Fans
    Fighter : Drummer
    Thief : Guitarist
    Wizard : Keys
    Cleric : Vocalist

    (Multiclass works especially well with this translation...)
  • Parents
    Homework
    Treasure
    The Jock
    The Criminal
    The Basketcase
    The Brain
    Sounds like The Breakfast Club.

    Treasure is either kissing, dancing, bologna, pixie sticks, or not being ignored next Monday at school. I'm not sure which, but the last 2 are the most evocative.
  • Monsters : Publishers / Lawyers / Venue Owners
    Traps : Contracts
    Treasure : Fans
    Fighter : Drummer
    Thief : Guitarist
    Wizard : Keys
    Cleric : Vocalist

    (Multiclass works especially well with this translation...)
    I'd pair them differently. I'd go with Fighter:Guitarist, Thief:Vocalist and Cleric:Drummer. (And for an extra, maybe Paladin:Bass-player. n_n)
  • Guerillas
    Checkpoints
    Interviews
    Bodyguard
    Journalist
    Cameraman
    Translator
  • Monsters
    Forgetfulness
    Culture
    Arsonist
    Thief
    Librarian
    Social Worker


  • edited November 2012
    The Machines
    The Outlands
    The City
    The Rook
    The Commando
    The Hijacker
    The Engineer
  • Heavies
    Femme Fatale
    Diamonds
    Prize Fighter
    Private Dick
    Aged Tycoon
    Good Girl
  • Doubt
    Counterintelligence
    Secrets
    Assassination
    Collection
    Control
    Seduction
  • Monsters
    Traps
    Grades
    Jock
    Greaser
    Nerd
    Cheerleader
  • Monsters : Publishers / Lawyers / Venue Owners
    Traps : Contracts
    Treasure : Fans
    Fighter : Drummer
    Thief : Guitarist
    Wizard : Keys
    Cleric : Vocalist

    (Multiclass works especially well with this translation...)
    I'd pair them differently. I'd go with Fighter:Guitarist, Thief:Vocalist and Cleric:Drummer. (And for an extra, maybe Paladin:Bass-player. n_n)
    As long as the Wizard is the guy with several synthesizers and a laptop screwing around with buttons and knobs. :)
  • Lifer
    Cell
    Cigarettes
    Shiv
    Thief
    Charles Manson, Demon Summoner
    Medical Center
  • Monsters -> Corporate Exec
    Traps -> Tuition
    Treasure -> Booze
    Fighter -> Loving Wife
    Thief -> Bankers
    Wizard -> God
    Cleric -> Under-educated Married White Men

    (no wonder I am always depressed)
  • Monsters:Those who've lost the holiday spirit
    Traps:Tempations & Dilemmas
    Treasure:Just rewards
    Fighter: The young at heart
    Thief: Faces of Krampus
    Wizard: Holiday Critters
    Cleric: Aspects of santa


    Monsters:Security forces
    Traps: Collaborators
    Treasure: Legend
    Fighter: Militants
    Thief: The Hidden
    Wizard: Foreign trained agents
    Cleric: Civilians
  • The Suits
    Black vans with tinted windows
    The truth
    The Survivalist
    The Homemade Spy
    The Grey Hat
    The Believer
  • Watch
    File
    Adapter
    Pity
    Spout
    Stretch
    Admission
  • Monsters - The Orderlies, The Lost Souls
    Traps - The Shrink, Surgery, those pills
    Treasure - Freedom (either mental or physical), little victories
    Fighter - The General
    Thief - The Spy
    Wizard - The Wiz
    Cleric - The Shepard
  • Monsters - The Orderlies, The Lost Souls
    Traps - The Shrink, Surgery, those pills
    Treasure - Freedom (either mental or physical), little victories
    Fighter - The General
    Thief - The Spy
    Wizard - The Wiz
    Cleric - The Shepard
    This made me think:

    Monsters -- The Wicked Witch [+minions].
    Traps -- anything requiring courage, intelligence, or emotion.
    Treasure -- ruby slippers, knowledge.
    Fighter -- The Cowardly Lion
    Thief -- Dorothy
    Wizard -- The Scarecrow
    Cleric -- The Tin Man
  • edited November 2012
    "I start digging out the bricks."

    "What bricks?"

    "The gold bricks in the road."

    "Er, okay, why are you doing that?"

    "I'm a thief, aren't I?"

    "Well... well, yes, exactly, only you specialize in stealing fashion items."

    "Oh! That's cool. I'm going to pickpocket that giant lollipop."

    :D

    These subverted tropes only get cooler when you unsubvert them again. They take the skin with them.

  • This made me think:

    Monsters -- The Wicked Witch [+minions].
    Traps -- anything requiring courage, intelligence, or emotion.
    Treasure -- ruby slippers, knowledge.
    Fighter -- The Cowardly Lion
    Thief -- Dorothy
    Wizard -- The Scarecrow
    Cleric -- The Tin Man
    That made me laugh (in a good way.)

    The cowardly fighter, the honest thief, the stupid wizard, and the heartless cleric. :-)
    --
    TAZ
  • [... The Adventurers of Oz ...]
    That made me laugh (in a good way.)

    The cowardly fighter, the honest thief, the stupid wizard, and the heartless cleric. :-)
    --
    TAZ
    Gotta play against type!
  • Monsters : Publishers / Lawyers / Venue Owners
    Traps : Contracts
    Treasure : Fans
    Fighter : Drummer
    Thief : Guitarist
    Wizard : Keys
    Cleric : Vocalist

    (Multiclass works especially well with this translation...)
    I'd pair them differently. I'd go with Fighter:Guitarist, Thief:Vocalist and Cleric:Drummer. (And for an extra, maybe Paladin:Bass-player. n_n)
    As long as the Wizard is the guy with several synthesizers and a laptop screwing around with buttons and knobs. :)
    The monk beatboxes.
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