#AprilTTRPGmaker Game that’s most essential to your design?

20141219182513-want-gain-influence-social-media-workI don’t know that there is one particularly. There’s bits and pieces of all kinds of games but there’s no single game that I can point to. This is a bit like asking about influences again. Game design is also not purely mechanical, but can reflect aesthetics, goals, mood and so on.

Best answer I can give is my most played and openly influential games that I’ve done.

  • Middle Earth Roleplaying
  • Dragon Warriors
  • Cyberpunk 2020
  • Vampire: The Masquerade
  • Mage: The Ascension
  • Mind’s Eye Theatre
  • FATE
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Lamentations of the Flame Princess
  • Traveller

#AprilTTRPGmaker Biggest influences?

10651_0.pngThat’s a huge question to ask, and it’s not that clear on what kind of influences it means. Does it just mean gaming influences? Hard to know.

Then there’s the matter of how you’re influenced and whether you even know you’re being influenced, and in what way.

Not to mention things that influenced you in the past may not be the same things that influence you today. Things change, people change, hairstyles change, interest rates fluctuate…

So here’s just a bunch of stuff off the top of my head, divided into different areas:

Film & TV
David Cronenberg
Gullermo Del Toro
Strange Days
Flash Gordon
Big Trouble in Little China
Bladerunner
George Romero
Sapphire & Steel
Dr Who (pre NuWho)
Robin Hood (84-86)

RPGs
Dragon Warriors
ICE’s Middle Earth Roleplaying
FATE
Mind’s Eye Theatre
Storyteller (Old World of Darkness)
Cyberpunk 2020
Traveller
Call of Cthulhu
Over the Edge
SLA Industries

Computer Games
Grand Theft Auto (Series)
Far Cry (Series)
Minecraft
Magic Knight (Series)
Guilty Gear
Silent Hill (Series)
Rogue
Sun Tsu’s Art of War
Alpha Centauri
Skies of Arcadia

Books/Authors
Life After Man
Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction
E E ‘Doc’ Smith
Neverwhere
Bas-Lag (Series)
How to be a Superhero
Phillip K Dick
Willam Burroughs
Tolkien
Gorean Cycle

Art
Brom
Michael Manning
Michael Whelan
Tim White
Chris Achilleos
Dave Allsop
Boo Cook
Massimo Belardinelli
Steve Dillon
Rene Magritte

Music
Monster Magnet
Rob Zombie
Nine Inch Nails
School of Seven Bells
The (English) Beat
Primitive Knot
Carpenter Brut
Ministry
Pigface
The Cure

Music