Because that’s what I enjoy.
Oh, you want more?
Well, besides the fact that I tend to enjoy complex and well-defined worlds, conspiracies, plots, horror and emotional attachment, there’s the fact that these are hard to engender in a game. ‘Delve into the Dungeon of Prolapse the Underwhelming to fetch The Headpiece of Fring’ is pretty simple, ‘Take the Buttplug of Doom to Mount Snoozemoor’ is longer, but pretty simple. Overthrowing a government, rooting out a secret society, making your neighbourhood a better place or falling in love against the odds and raising a family, running a mercenary company during a conflict between many parties – these are more difficult.
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The Alderman house looms large. At night the moans of Alderman’s son and wife can be heard drifting from the windows. He allows almost no-one in. Soon he will die, take over his son’s body and seek a new wife to continue the cycle, or the reincarnation of his lost Toringi love.
Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness
It is the far future. Mankind has spread throughout the stars, mingled with other species, and become part of galactic society. Every planet has its own culture, of course, but some of them resemble ancient Earth history, such as the gladiatorial fights on Cestus-2.
The game is played by two players with internet access and social media accounts, along with a referee to handle disagreements and to interpret what happens.
Find a picture of your sci-fi gladiator, name them and post them to your social media, telling people you’re playing the game and use the tag #RUNOTENTERTAINED in all your posts
The referee now describes entering the arena and facing off, then combat begins.
Each player describes their ‘move’ and posts it as a poll to their social media followers, asking ‘Do I succeed or fail?’
Total up the succeed/fail numbers for each player to determine the winner of each round. You can set a cut-off point of 5/10/15 minutes for voting to end.
Whoever gets the highest vote (Succeed-Fail compared to the other player) wins.
Three victories total and you get to land your death blow – or spare your opponent. Your choice.
Art by Garrett Post