Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Doctor Who’s monsters and aliens are too good not to steal for ideas for fantasy games…

The Weeping Angel. Prisoner Zero. The Silence. These are monster & aliens that scare the pants off of me. Why? They all deal with altering perception in one way or the other. What you see, is not what you see. You see something in the corner of your eye, but you look and nothing is there. These are ideas and concepts that would seem “normal” in sci-fi, are rarely seen in fantasy. To me the concepts of fantasy and sci-fi are virtually interchangeable. If it is a wizard casting a spell or nanites attacking a person, it doesn’t matter. These are just ends to a means. I think they realm of fantasy can be expended with the introduction of “typical: sci-fi” elements into it. That is something we did with NeoExodus: A House Divided. The concept of the Kaga would be a giant computer is a sci-fi setting, but in NeoExodus it still is a “computer” but an “organic computer” with everything done by magic. Giant robots are a standard of sci-fi, but in a fantasy setting, iron golems could take that role in a fantasy setting. Hell I did an adventure called Cold Visitor which is a fantasy version of the movie The Thing. Just something to think about when you think you can’t come up with a new idea for a monster. Talk to you later…