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Which theme do you like better (open to ideas)

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3ddevine
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I’m working on a new mechanic in my head and I am trying to figure out what theme would be more fun & interesting. The very basic idea a self-contained single elimination tournament that has 16 entries. That means a quick 5 round game. For a 4 player game each player would get 4 entries into the tournament. The object is to be the only player with entries left.

The main question I have for this post is theme, I thought of a couple I like but Im not sure what to go with.

1.College Sports:
With this one I would make up 16 College team Mascots ( TigerSharks, Knights, Pumas ect.) each College would have stats for their Football, Basketball, Baseball & Soccer teams

Tigersharks: Football-4, Basketball-2, Baseball-1, Soccer-3
Knights: Football-2, Basketball-3, Baseball-2, Soccer-1

So let’s say in round 1, your TigerSharks are playing against your opponents Knights. Its your turn to schedule a match, so based on the stats you decide to pick Soccer because your school is better at soccer than your opponents which makes it more likely for you to win this round and eliminate one of your opponents schools.

2.Chick Fights
The theme with this one is that I would create 16 female fighters/wrestlers, think campy like Dead or Alive or Street Fighter or something. I’m thinking very lighthearted. Each fighter would have stats in something like Foxy Boxing, Pillow Fighting, Mud Wrestling, Street Brawling. Then using the same example above you would want to try and gain the advantage over your opponent by scheduling the proper match.

This could also be a mix of guy and girl characters and maybe I take more of a Pro Wrestling approach with something like Regular Match, Cage Match, ect.

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College Sports

My vote is college sports theme.

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Im actually leaning towards

Im actually leaning towards that one myself. I feel like in order to make up for the fact that I need to make up my own School mascots and cant use real ones, that it might be fun to get a little more out there with them, like the Ancient University Pharoahs and the Brainford College Zombies.

Doing more fantasy sounding teams like that might help the appeal for non USA players, I could eaisly take it more seriously and just make them all based in actual cities.

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I like this theme too !

I like this theme too !

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Vote for Fantasy

I like the more odd or fantastic names personally.

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you kiddin' me?!

Fageddaboudit! Why can't it be both?! I would absolutely do both! Do whichever one you think would be the better seller - then a year later release the other one.

I would suggest that EITHER of these could be hot commodities. But if you go with the 'Chick Fights', you've got to get a good artist... with a good artist, this could be VERY hot [pun intended, thank you very much].

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I would be doing the artwork

I would be doing the artwork myself, and I fully enjoy making logos as well as drawing hot chicks (My deviant art page is http://3ddevine.deviantart.com/gallery/)

Im not really sure which would be a "better seller" which is why i was curious about people's opinions.

Thats not a bad idea to start with one and do the other later, I could keep the core mechanic once its worked out and alter it slightly for the new theme.

My thoughts have been on the "Fantasy" College Sports teams since I first posted, so far my ideas are-

Pharoahs (Tutankhammunity College)
Pirates (University of the Caribbean)
Zombies (Brainsford University)
Feathercaps (Sherwood)
Flying Monkeys (Western Oz University)
Red Wolves (Red Riding School)

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I love it !

Nice flavor...
By the way, your art gallery is great. I especially like when you're doing retro stuff ( The Futura poster is great.. good job with the typo, etc.. )

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How about a combination of

How about a combination of both. Girls in college sports. Volleyball, field hockey, soccer, etc.

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drktron wrote:How about a

drktron wrote:
How about a combination of both. Girls in college sports. Volleyball, field hockey, soccer, etc.

Hmm, with the way I currently have the game planned out in my head a combination doesnt seem like it would work...Ill have to think about that one.

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Hey man, yeah totally go for

Hey man, yeah totally go for the college sports themed one, it seems that you have already accepted this outcome and to change it now would not be the best as the more familiar you are with the theme, the more robust you can make it. I also like the sports teams theme idea, it will be cool if you do really well. Don't go to overboard though, it would be nice to have it remain plausable (see: suspension of disbelief) as much as: a chainsaw wielding goblin striker in bloodbowl is cool ok, where as you definately want to make the team themes "within your thematic realm" if you follow.

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Yeah thats true...do you

Yeah thats true...do you think the team name examples I listed above are going "to far" already? I agree that I need to find a good balance, I would love to be able to have a game that is about sports but also have a "nerdy" comical factor to the teams to help appeal to non-sports people a little better.

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Well we furst have to decide

Well we furst have to decide if it is going to be a magic-realism thing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_realism

...which would mean that the teams are literally a group of college kids. But say, at the Tutankhammunity College, they are foreign nationals mostly from Egypt that dress very interstingly, and some of them are very tall, talk very slowly, and look a little worn out as if they had been wrapped in cotton for a good long time...

Alternatively, High fantasy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fantasy

...would mean that the Tutankhammunity College are literally a bunch of egyptian mummys and zombies that play soccer and football (such as in a warhammer universe: literally goblins and zombies playing sports)

So once you have chosen which of those to follow; we can hammer out some cool names together.

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Oh I get what your saying

Oh I get what your saying now. Hmm Its definatly not "high fantasy".

The way I am thinking about it right now is that their would 16 teams total. Each team is represented by a single card that shows the name, the team logo, and their stats for football, basketball, baseball & soccer. You dont really see the individual players on the teams.

There are going to be other cards as well that add to stats or allow different things to happen like star players, coaches, cheerleaders, fans, equipment ect. but these need to be more "generic" in order be able to fit within all 16 schools.

So In my head it is teams with fantastical whitty fun names but set more in the "real world" in terms of looks.

I think at this point since I have gotten some good feedback and interest in this idea I should draft out the rules and start a game journal for it.

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Yes that would be really cool

Yes that would be really cool :)

Ok in which case, the names you have are cool: so they would be real people (human college students) but all teams would have witty names then as opposed to a team "actually full of vampires"? Cool, give me a while and I'll help you out with some ideas when it is not late and I am not drunk! lol

Speak soon buddy,

Cog

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