Doing a quick Google search to confirm that Marshall Miller​ is writing The Warren — sorry! I’m old and senile! –…

Doing a quick Google search to confirm that Marshall Miller​ is writing The Warren — sorry! I’m old and senile! — produced interesting fruit.

“Warren” + “Miller” = now I want to do a skiing game. Or a game about filming extreme sports movies, something about which I actually have quite a lot of information and history.

But lordy, there is just not much traction for sports and anything having to do with it inside roleplaying games. Oil and water, huge cultural gap, whatever.

I mean Nathan Paoletta​’s World Wide Wrestling is a knockout but it’s … hm. There’s already a lot of love for rasslin’ among roleplayers, lots of obvious crossovers. And that’s kind of it, I think. There may be some fantasy-sports things (Xxxtreme Luge or whatever that’s called).

When I was looking at topics for this year’s Game Chef, my first go was at a design about roadtripping lifestyle extreme sports people (Dream + Abandon + Stillness). I shelved it in favor of what I thought was a more gamer-fun premise (dragons! destruction!) because my instincts told me there’d be more traction. I’m not sure I was wrong, but then again indieland is where you find games about rabbits and 50s-era UFO cults and Christians burning to death in a medieval castle.

Just thinking out loud, mostly, and enjoying the Warren Miller photo down there.

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0 thoughts on “Doing a quick Google search to confirm that Marshall Miller​ is writing The Warren — sorry! I’m old and senile! –…”

  1. I would be super curious how one would gamify the fact that most of professional sportsing is training. Not those critical moments of glory, but of the 80-hour weeks in-between, where someone learns to master their craft. If you could make that abstract game principle workable and fun, then you could make an RPG about anything: painting, concert cello, theoretical physics, etc.

  2. Well, when it comes to extreme sports movies the training has already come and gone. Boring but thankfully off-screen. The real challenge is keeping your body in one piece, working for slave wages, getting conned by scumbag promoters who will leverage your insecurity and ego to get you to risk your life, scraping together sponsorships to pay for the next trip, etc etc.

    Honestly lots of dramatic opportunities! I’ve had many friends go down this path and it’s somewhere between a fever dream and a total fiasco.

  3. I have. It’s great! I guess it more like playing a boxing movie than actually playing how real boxing works, but the tension between what your boxer cares about, what people want from them and how well they can actually perform is very visceral IME in play.

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