Next to Burning Wheel, Shock: Social Science Fiction is the game I have probably played the most in the last year.
There are a few games of it that I want to play, things that are roaming around in my head.
Spaceships with Fins
Inspired entirely by too many downer games of Shock: and Ignition City (more on this delicious comic book by Warren Ellis later) I want to play a game of Shock: cut from an Adam Strange, Flash Gordon mold.
Shock: Something like…Interstellar travel is colorful and awesome.
Issues: Colonialism, Genocide, Fascism
Praxis: Starswords vs. Rayguns/Mysticism vs. Mad Science
I’d love to play a game where the Protags’ story all take place in entirely different eras of the same world. This one would have one protag dealing with the building and population of a cyclopean generation ship that is leaving earth with sub-light speed engines. Another protag would deal with the ship’s first generations born in space, children who have never known earth. The last protag would deal with arriving at the ship’s new home.
Shock: Generation Ship
Issues: Diaspora, Cryogenics, Environmental Apocalypse
Praxis: Earth-born Traditions vs. Space-born Traditions/Violence vs. Empathy
Truth is, though, that it is far more fun to get together with friends and just make shit up. Maybe this means what I really want is to write these as short stories. Hm.
Another thing I really want to do with Shock: is get together and play more than one session. I suspect that game would seriously heat up once players started really feeling rooted in the world.