How to Create A Sci-Fi and Horror Setting

If you’re interested in the behind the scenes process of creating a sci-fi and horror game setting you can read that below.

Personal Goals for Creating an RPG Product

Posted on October 14, 2017

My personal goals for creating One Shot RPG, a line of tabletop role playing game supplements, can be divided into three categories: happiness, business, and recognition related. I feel these goals are modest enough to be achievable, but also deep enough to provide a clear path to completion.

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Justification for One Shot RPG

Posted on October 15, 2017

By focusing on short, character driven, premade adventures, One Shot RPG is designed to solve the problems facing the average tabletop role player. The issues they experience relate to time commitments and getting a consistent gaming group together. One Shot RPG must respect their time, quickly get them into the game, and be easy to run, even if everyone can’t show for the night.

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Requirements For a Role Playing Game Setting

Posted on October 17, 2017

Limitations breed creativity. When creating a setting for a tabletop role playing game it’s important to set requirements to provide focus and clarity. For One Shot RPG, the gameplay requirements involve accessibility, the ability to create characters, story hooks, and diversity. Business goals relate to audience, reach, jargon, and intellectual property. Finally the tone requirements deal with seriousness, gray areas, and small scale problems. Once these limitations are defined they can be applied to actually developing the setting.

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A Failed Sci-Fi and Horror Setting

Posted on October 21, 2017

The first sci-fi and horror narrative idea for running one shot adventures fails to meet the limitations and requirements that were outlined. While the elevator pitch meets most of the tone requirements, it didn’t meet the important business and gameplay goals.

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Expanding Upon Scum and Horror

Posted on October 28, 2017

The world of One Shot RPG is filled with monsters. Cosmic horrors have invaded the solar system, threatening all. There’s a mysterious substance, scum, that has the ability to transform individuals into twisted beings. The player characters have decided to deal with the scummed, but their options aren’t black and white.

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Brainstorming a Cure For Scum

Posted on October 29, 2017

By approaching a brainstorming session with a topic and goal in mind, I can create a cure for scum that has balanced pros and cons. This will provide interesting choices for the players, and will add drama to the story.

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Technology and the Military

Posted on October 30, 2017

Set in our future, the RPG game setting features practical spaceships and a large network of communications. A military alliance has formed between the three planets with their sights set on claiming warp technology as their own.

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The Planets and Races

Posted on October 31, 2017

The planets inside the asteroid belt have the same names as the ones in our solar system. But in One Shot RPG they’re quite different. Each is home to a different alien species, and each features its own array of flora and fauna. There’s also a mysterious fourth alien race that may hold the secret to Pluto.

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