Thursday, September 3, 2015

Justification of Existence

Greetings, internet! Welcome to the maiden voyage of my new blog/spaceship! Here I will post ideas and material for the weird science-fantasy RPG Numenera by Monte Cook Games. If you don't play Numenera, but want to adapt an idea to you own game, by all means feel free to do so.

I've played several RPGs, usually as the GM, but Numenera is my latest obsession. As a result, I have been browsing other RPG blogs to try and find interesting material. Although Playing D&D With Porn StarsVenger's old school gaming blogThe Dungeon Dozen, and PLANET ALGOL are all great, I felt like I was beginning to see a pattern where it came to "weird science fantasy," and that pattern is the ubiquity of loinclothed swordsmen, laser guns, gray aliens, cackling sorcerers, dinosaurs and Cthulhu. There's nothing wrong with any of those things; far from it! The problem as I see it is that "weird" has become less experimental and improvisational and become more codified as its own genre.

There are many cynical aphorisms on this phenomenon, but it essentially boils down to the fact that for every true visionary there comes a legion of imitators. That is not to say I condemn or judge such imitators, but I want to be different.

That is my mission statement: to provide content that constantly strives against the boundaries of genre codification, or failing that, succeeds in being weird and interesting.

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