Shock:s I want to see.

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

Generation Ship

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.

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20 thoughts on “Shock:s I want to see.

  1. Shock: Something like…Interstellar travel is colorful and awesome.

    Issues: Colonialism, Genocide, Fascism

    I think I sense some thematic friction here. Which can be good, of course. It reminds me of some friends whose shock was the 70’s low-grad-porno-worthy “The only aliens are just like us, except dumber and more attractive,” then proceeded to accidentally create a story that was half Death in Venice meets A Boy and His Dog and half Angels and Demons meets In The Name of the Rose.

    Have you ever tried Universalis? I’ve yet to get anyone to play with me, but it certainly seems close to the perfect game for “getting together with friends and just making shit up.”

  2. Shock: Something like…Interstellar travel is colorful and awesome.

    Issues: Colonialism, Genocide, Fascism

    I think I sense some thematic friction here. Which can be good, of course. It reminds me of some friends whose shock was the 70’s low-grad-porno-worthy “The only aliens are just like us, except dumber and more attractive,” then proceeded to accidentally create a story that was half Death in Venice meets A Boy and His Dog and half Angels and Demons meets In The Name of the Rose.

    Have you ever tried Universalis? I’ve yet to get anyone to play with me, but it certainly seems close to the perfect game for “getting together with friends and just making shit up.”

  3. Shock: Something like…Interstellar travel is colorful and awesome.

    Issues: Colonialism, Genocide, Fascism

    I think I sense some thematic friction here. Which can be good, of course. It reminds me of some friends whose shock was the 70’s low-grad-porno-worthy “The only aliens are just like us, except dumber and more attractive,” then proceeded to accidentally create a story that was half Death in Venice meets A Boy and His Dog and half Angels and Demons meets In The Name of the Rose.

    Have you ever tried Universalis? I’ve yet to get anyone to play with me, but it certainly seems close to the perfect game for “getting together with friends and just making shit up.”

  4. Shock: Something like…Interstellar travel is colorful and awesome.

    Issues: Colonialism, Genocide, Fascism

    I think I sense some thematic friction here. Which can be good, of course. It reminds me of some friends whose shock was the 70’s low-grad-porno-worthy “The only aliens are just like us, except dumber and more attractive,” then proceeded to accidentally create a story that was half Death in Venice meets A Boy and His Dog and half Angels and Demons meets In The Name of the Rose.

    Have you ever tried Universalis? I’ve yet to get anyone to play with me, but it certainly seems close to the perfect game for “getting together with friends and just making shit up.”

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