What would you buy?

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I would spend my money on....

Blacktop (70's Action with Armed Automobiles)
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Blacktop (70's Action with Armed Automobiles)
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Blacktop (70's Action with Armed Automobiles)
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Blacktop (70's Action with Armed Automobiles)
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Chrome and Respect (Cyperpunk Gangsters)
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Chrome and Respect (Cyperpunk Gangsters)
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Chrome and Respect (Cyperpunk Gangsters)
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Chrome and Respect (Cyperpunk Gangsters)
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Sanctuary (Modern Day Psychic Spies)
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Sanctuary (Modern Day Psychic Spies)
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Sanctuary (Modern Day Psychic Spies)
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Sanctuary (Modern Day Psychic Spies)
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The Brain from TRIPPER (Swinging Psychic 60's Superspies)
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The Brain from TRIPPER (Swinging Psychic 60's Superspies)
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The Brain from TRIPPER (Swinging Psychic 60's Superspies)
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The Brain from TRIPPER (Swinging Psychic 60's Superspies)
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The Brain from TRIPPER (Swinging Psychic 60's Superspies)
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What would you buy?

#1 Postby Mr. Bob Dobolina » Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:26 am

After wetting my whistle on Aces High and The Ravaged Earth Society, I think the time has come to make a little money off the game worlds bouncing around in my head. The question is, which of these setting would you be the most likely to spend money on as the discerning Savage Worlds customer?

More details to follow but here are the short summaries:

Blacktop: Dukes of Hazzard meets The Road Warrior
Chrome and Respect: The Godfather meets The Matrix
Sanctuary: The Dead Zone meets 24
The Brain from TRIPPER: Austin Powers meets Firestarter

What do you think, sirs?

EDIT: A bit more detail....

Speaking of which...

Blacktop

Genre: 70's Action Flick

Inspirations:Interstate '76, Cannonball Run, Dukes of Hazzard, Mad Max, Death Race 2000

The World: It's 1976. America has made it to her 200th birthday but some folks say she might not make it to her 201st. The high price of gas has forced some drivers to take 'offensive driving' to the nth degree and rack up guns and missles to protect themselves from vicious road gangs and corrupt cops. Some drivers make their living as 'slingers', modern gladiators that race and duel each other in everything from backwoods dirt tracks to packed arenas. Some protect the weak and innocent and fight to put the country back the way it was. The Blacktop is the infamous race from one side of the country to the other. Hundreds enter the race...tens finish it. Winners get a million bucks..if they can survive to spend it.


Theme: Disco, funk, big cars with big guns. Car Wars to a 70's soundtrack. Episodes should have the feel of an old '70 action show.

Chrome and Respect

Genre: Gangster Cyberpunk

Inspirations:The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix, Neuromancer

The World: The old guard is changing. The corporations are calling the shots these days and that's fine by us. They are businessmen, just like we are. They don't bother us, we keep their suits happy with chipdust, fleshtrade, and kickbacks. They bring out new cybertech for the masses, we test it on our soldiers. The rule the penthouses and we rule the streets. To be one of them, all you need is a kind word. To be one of us, you all you need is a kind word and a weapon. It will get you farther in life.


Theme: Loyalty, repspect, unflinching violence. PCs start out as small-time hoods and eventually claw their way to being kings of the underworld.


Sanctuary

Genre:Psychic Spies

Inspirations:24, Alias, Firestarter, Carrie, the Dead Zone

The World: You first got the Gift when you were 10. You tried to convince your dad not to work that day. You said you had a bad dream but that wasn't true. You saw his car flipped on the highway clear as day, leaving a smear of blood and broken glass by the side of the road. He didn't listen.

Or maybe you were in college and you found out you could read peoples' minds. You got straight A's, had your pick of the opposite sex, and crusied through whatever life had in store for you.

Or how about being a bored little housewife that could levitate spoons and small items? Not particularily useful.

People got uncomfotable around you. nobody likes someone with weird powers. Not until we contacted you. Not until we told you how we would put you to work. A cause to better humanity. A cause to protect the world from those elements that are out to destroy it. You gave us your life and we've given you a home.

Sanctuary.




Theme: Grittiness, stealth, intrigue. What if instead of gadgets, James Bond used his telekinesis?

The Brain From TRIPPER

Genre: Campy Espionage

Inspirations:Austin Powers, X-Men, 60's Batman, In Like Flint, No One Lives Forever

The World: During the cold war, both sides researched every possible leg they could get up on the other. The success of the MKULTRA project exceeded everyone's expectations...right up until the Russians got their hands on it. Now, it seems like evry other week there's a mastermind that can wipe the memories of New York or looking to travel forward into the future from 1969. The elite psychic spies of TRIPPER are the first, last, and best defense against the most Psychedelic Threats the world has ever seen!


Theme: Tounge-in cheek humor mixed with high action. Save the Queen, bed the blonde, explode Dr. Von Evelstien's brain all before tea.
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#2 Postby Storn » Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:07 am

Chrome and Respect.

I've got a slightly left of that concept called Grunge World... but its gangsters, PIs, cybernetics, robotics set on a rainy colony world that reminded someone of Seattle, hence the name.
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#3 Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:44 am

Blacktop. I love the old Car Wars game...
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#4 Postby Marc Hameleers » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:07 am

Chome and respect judge edges out the Blacktop one in my book. But to be honest, i would probably buy all of them. I own everything Savage Worlds so far, and try to maintain a perfect record :)
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#5 Postby EssEmAech » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:20 am

Chrome and Respect has sounded good to me since it was brought up.

Blacktop is a very close second, though. Used to love Interstate '76
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#6 Postby deadgirl » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:35 am

Swinging Sixties Sychic Spies!

Holy Alliteration, how can you not be thrilled at the very thought?

(OK so it needed some really poor spelling, but still)
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#7 Postby palehorse » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:38 am

I think you should write the one you most want to write, not the one you think most people will buy.

Just my two cents.

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#8 Postby Dave Blewer » Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:15 am

palehorse wrote:I think you should write the one you most want to write, not the one you think most people will buy.

Just my two cents.


Butch (as always) has hit the nail on the head!

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#9 Postby charliebananas » Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:34 am

Not trying to be rude, but none of the above...both mr Curry and mr Blewer are spot on, write the world you care most about, your enthusiasm will then draw people in. Market research is all well and good but as in your face as this is, it kinda smells of wizards of the coast, why not package up something you've already written and stamp 3.5 edition on the cover! :1yelrotflmao:

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#10 Postby Ashikaider » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:21 pm

ummm..... all four?

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#11 Postby Stump » Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:48 pm

No

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#12 Postby Mr. Bob Dobolina » Thu Apr 14, 2005 4:29 pm

palehorse wrote:I think you should write the one you most want to write, not the one you think most people will buy.

Just my two cents.


Oh, I plan on writing all of them. I just need to figure out in which order to do em....

If I was in it for the money, I would put a 3.5 stamp on it. But I want to make fun games instead...

Hell, if I was really in it for the money, I'd make contacts in the screenwriting/comics/video game industry...


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Storn,

I had a similar idea that I left off as a fifth choice because I felt it was too similar to Chrome and Respect. Something of a cross between Total Recall, Gangs of New York, and Blade Runner.

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#13 Postby palehorse » Thu Apr 14, 2005 4:52 pm

Mr. Bob Dobolina wrote:Oh, I plan on writing all of them. I just need to figure out in which order to do em....


When I'm in a similar situation, I just start researching all of them. It doesn't take long before ideas start spinning out faster for one of them than the others.

Personally, though, if I heard a half-dozen folks say, "Hell, no, I'd never buy that!" I'd be disinclined to write it even if I thought it'd be the bees knees. Which would suck, because it really might BE the bee's knees, and those few naysayers would've denied folks something a lot of other folks would dig the hell out of.

If I was in it for the money, I would put a 3.5 stamp on it. But I want to make fun games instead...


I'm confident in my assumption that more companies making d20 games have gone out of business in the last couple of years than those making Savage Worlds games.

The ones that survived did so because they're either a) really good, b) really fast, or c) really pretty, or some combination thereof. That's all IMHO, of course, based largely on writing a couple of hundred reviews - mostly for d20 products - for GamingReport, so take it with as many grains of salt as you'd like to sprinkle on. :)

Hell, if I was really in it for the money, I'd make contacts in the screenwriting/comics/video game industry...


One thing gaming does have going for it, though, is that it's a hell of a lot easier to break into than any of those. And I say that having earnestly tried to break into the first two.

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#14 Postby Mr. Bob Dobolina » Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:02 pm

When I'm in a similar situation, I just start researching all of them. It doesn't take long before ideas start spinning out faster for one of them than the others.

Personally, though, if I heard a half-dozen folks say, "Hell, no, I'd never buy that!" I'd be disinclined to write it even if I thought it'd be the bees knees. Which would suck, because it really might BE the bee's knees, and those few naysayers would've denied folks something a lot of other folks would dig the hell out of.


Admittedly, the ones that I've mentioned on these boards before are the ones that are I'm more inclined to do because I feel them a bit more. As I see it right now, Chrome and Respect is more of a one-off setting/Plot Point book whereas Blacktop might have a bit more of a metaplot.
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#15 Postby Dolomite23 » Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:16 am

Mr. Bob,

I was watching "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and I laughed when I searched the boards here to see if there was anything like it(TV and a laptop is dangerous). Have you done any other work on these setting. I am just picturing a "Mojo" stat for "Tripper".

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#16 Postby marshal kt » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:01 am

i buy every SW product to show my support for the line. i'd like to play or run all of them.
which would i play or which ones i could find a group for; that's an entirely different question.
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#17 Postby starwars1138 » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:29 am

I'd buy all of them but Santuary. Chrome and Steel sounds really cool and I'm a sucker for gangsta stuff too. And I also consider myself Shagadelic so count me in for that one too :)

I don't know if this is the place to suggest it, but frankly, I'd like to see a campaign setting/plot point book set in Chicago during the 20's and 30's or something. While there is no real neat "setting" to that, since it's just plain old historical earth, for those of us who don't do well with adventure ideas and campaign story arcs, it might be nice to have one with all the work already done... Maybe something that had business opportunities fleashed out with mechanics on how to conduct business (like the KEF thread for Firefly), as well as rival gangs etc.

I LOVE some of the more unique settings (like Low Life and 50 Fathoms etc.), but since I am not all that creative, I'd like a 50 fathoms type of book, but with something "less unique" too - say gangsters, or pirates etc.

Hope that made some sense.

But for the most part, you guys keep writing them (and hopefully "printing" them) and I'll keep buying them. RPG ADD is a bad thing, but Savage Worlds addiction isn't quite so bad :)
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