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The Next Horizon

As I gear up for the new site, which I’ll start taking live in about 24 hours, I can’t help but wonder what else is over the horizon. What niche has yet to be filled.  Seriously, I woke up at 3:30 this morning with a concept that’s one step in that direction, and yet there are others yet to be discovered.

Now, I’m not talking about some new system that let’s you play elves or vampires.  I’m talking brand new stuff.  Stuff that, if it exists, isn’t well known amongst the general geek community.  So, here’s my humble contribution to the future of gaming:

Highschool: The Role Playing Game

That’s right.  We all either survived it, or will survive it, so why in the hell would we want to go back and live it through a video game?  Simple…because then we could do it right!  Imagine being the jock instead of the computer nerd?  Imagine being the captain of the cheerleaders rather than the wierd goth everyone laughs at?  Or, conversely, imagine you’re just the way you are, but are able to torment the living hell out of those who made your life difficult?

Think about school for a moment.  You have combat (fights in the cafeteria), A ruler who expects you to do things a certain way and to help him out from time to time (a principle), minor rulers who give you tasks on a regular basis (teachers), and evil creatures bent on destroying you (schmucks who gave many of us crap in school).  Let’s face it…you lived D&D!  So why not take it into a new venue?

Now, this would need to be a skill based system, rather than a class based system…at least that’s my thinking.  And, I think it could be fun.  Of course, class based could be fun too.  The Jock class, and AV Geek class, the Goth class, the list is almost endless.  Or, I guess you could all play drama geeks and reenact High School Musical…but why would you want to?

I’m not going to bore you to death with details, because mostly I don’t have them.  Seriously, this idea is a mere two hours old, so who knows.

But this idea alone makes me wonder what’s over the next horizon.

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September 12, 2008 Posted by | RPG | | 6 Comments