For those of you not in the know, HBO’s Westworld is basically about a huge sprawling RPG.
The best part of episode 2 (it dropped 2 days early on Go) is the lengthy dressing-down of the game’s writer/GM (Sizemore, the dude in the picture). For railroading, basically. The game’s designer, played by Anthony Hopkins, makes a fairly compelling argument in favor of “play to find out what happens.” The railroady auteur GM is arrogant and petulant and it makes me wonder how much of the creative crew at Westworld (the show) has been exposed to tabletop RPGs.
If only our NPCs threatened to murder us in our beds, maybe finally we’d get better GMing.
Oh and the show introduces us to the concept of rapeandmurderhobos, which I think would probably be in much greater proliferation in ttrpgs if players didn’t have to look each other in the eye. It does make me wonder what social media looks like in Westworld’s future! Are there lengthy moral/ethical arguments? Or because it’s such a 0.1%er game, they kind of keep it to themselves?