Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Victorian Adventure Wishlist

Ok, this is technically Edwardian, but you get the idea.

Sometimes this blog is a notepad, a place where I can jot down thoughts and characters I want to use.  This is one of those posts...

Robin and I just started a Victorian adventure campaign starring archaeologist (and occultist) Lady Atalanta Scarborough, and there’s a few things I’d like to hit:

  • Quincey P. Morris, vampire cowboy
  • Dracula (duh)
  • Young Dr. Henry Jones (Sr.)
  • Sherlock Holmes references but no appearances by the Great Detective himself (he’d be too insufferable); maybe Sebastian Moran, but not Moriarty; maybe Sherlock Holmes’ other brother (not Mycroft, it would be the theoretical third brother who inherited their father’s estates); definitely Lestrade.
  • A lost world story; I could actually tie this into the TimeBomb concept from MKST!!!, and come up with a pseudo-plausible explanation for cave men and dinosaurs.  Should I do Pleistocene mammals and dinosaurs together, or separately?  Separately, obviously.  With the Time Bomb, there's no reason to limit ourselves to one lost world.
  • A "wild man" in the Mowgli/Tarzan tradition, but a pastiche instead of one of those two, so I can work in my own wacky ideas.  What if the ape-man was literally half-ape (with the caveat, of course, that the apes aren't literally apes but rather shaggy hominids)?  He would still probably look a lot like Christopher Lambert...
  • Ruritania!  We've never touched on anything like the Ruritania plot in all our years of gaming.  (And then it turns out all the crowned heads of Eastern Europe are foreign imposters.)
  • A Fu Manchu pastiche more in line with the sympathetic model of Planetary's Hark (though I've always sympathized greatly with Fu Manchu).
  • Myōjin Yahiko, master of Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū, and Lady Snowblood.  Or not.  I have to try to keep Robin's character in the foreground; I'm running a game, not writing fan fiction.  Pastiche!  Pastiche! Pastiche!
  • "Zorro Jr."  Damn it, there I go again.
  • El Dorado.  I've got to find some excuse to get Lady Atalanta to the U.S..  Maybe lost Viking colonies, too?
  • Atlantis, but in a down-played, subtle way.
  • Werewolves 
  • Zenith the Albino
Edited to add:

Does 1890s Henry Jones look like:

The Great Train Robbery

OR

Darby O'Gill and the Little People?

Hmm...


5 comments:

  1. Now I want to run a game like this. And a young Henry Jones Sr. would be closer to the Darby O'Gill look.

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    1. "Darby O'Gill" seems to be the more popular choice.

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  2. Wow, there's enough stuff there for years of gaming. Lovely! A definite Castle Falkenstein/League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe.

    My vote is for a "Great Train Robbery" Henry Jones. And the Chris Lambert "wild man" could get a Jekyl/Hyde gloss by having him appear in the campaign after being brought back from the wild and "civilized" but still be subject to violent or inappropriate outbursts...

    http://www.ivid.it/fotogallery/imagesearch/images/greystoke_la_leggenda_di_tarzan_il_signore_delle_scimmie_christopher_lambert_hugh_hudson_005_jpg_uknn.jpg

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    1. We game several nights a week and rarely roll dice, so I'll be lucky if this gets me through 3 months!

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  3. What, no martians? (That's a joke.) Sounds like a lot of crazy fun and adventure there. Hope it all plays out well.

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