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Ok here is a post to spark some creativity... I'm in a rare detailed idea sharing mood... oh joy...

I don't know why but I have always been entranced by the idea of mismatched iconic characters teaming up.

I began working on a screenplay (ok, barely a treatment) that went something like this:

((SPOILERS!))

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A powerful evil force or entity has awoken and only one man can save the people of Earth... Stephen Hawking!

The most powerful mind on our planet assembles the most incredible team of heroes the world has ever known!!!

Stephen goes to Indiana and seeks out one William Bonney IV... He promptly reveals that this young man, via a DNA test, is indeed the rumored illegitimate son of William H. Bonney aka Billy The Kid. The young mans grandfather, on his deathbed, then reveals an old chest up in the attic... it contains the original Winchester 73’ rifle used by Billy the Kid.

Stephen and William hop a jet to Rome. After a long meeting with the Pontiff, Stephen instructs and guides William in a laboratory how to extract DNA from several ancient artifacts kept in the secret catacombs beneath Vatican City and proceeds to... clone Jesus Christ!

Now Hawking, Christ and The Kid (ok, is that more fun to say or picture in your mind... so great!) head for the deep northern forests of California where after an eloborate hunt, the team captures Big Foot, who seems soothed by Jesus and obeys his mental commands.

Stephen, Jesus, William and Big Foot head south to an eccentric and exclusive cryogenic storage facility in Beverly Hills. They plea with Linda Lee Cadwell to sign the proper papers and finally thaw out the one and only Bruce Lee. Jesus perfoms a miracle as all watch in awe and heals Bruce. (these miracles arent easy mind you, they make Jesus dizzy for hours and he's often left with an insatiable hunger for taco's).

The Kid, The Christ, The Dragon, The Beast and The Mind begin training in Stephen Hawkings underground head quarters and prepare to battle evil and save the Earth as that catchy disco song from "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster" plays in the background.

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Okay so now two things...

#1) Would there ever be interest in a board game based on this?

#2) Lets start a list of iconic characters... I am thinking a list that is more broad than my little fanasy up above... I think if we could compile such a unique list of only the best of the best strange characters to slap together, we could have some great game fodder (well ok, I would have some great game fodder)

I'll start:

Ninja
Clown
Priest

(get the idea?)

And lastly, all inquiries about what could have possibly went wrong with me and/or my brain as a small child are welcomed.

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Brahmulus wrote:
I'll start:

Ninja
Clown
Priest

Pirate
Housewife

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paolo wrote:
Brahmulus wrote:
I'll start:

Ninja
Clown
Priest

Pirate
Housewife

Pirate is a must, considering Ninja is present.

Perhaps we can tweak Housewife to Lunch Lady? Hmmm?

Or... scrap Priest and go Nun... much more appeal eh?

See isnt this a fun exercise!?

(what?)

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Elvis
2Pac

(they should definitly sing a romantic duet)

King Arthur
Djengis Khan

(hey, your sword isn't straight)

Jack the Ripper
Dracula

(is that your blood I smell?)

Make sure to pass the script to a Hollywood agent, I would love to see the film...

Greetings,
Pelpo

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Ninja
Pirate
Robot
Zombie

All good games have these elements.

BTW, Your story sounds remotely like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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How about some of these:

Kim Jong Il
Pat Buchanan
Michael Moore
Ram Das
Ayatolla Sistani
Martha Stewart
Pancho Villas ghost
Rock Hudsons Brain in a jar

Mix in a little Team America with the League

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Darkehorse wrote:

BTW, Your story sounds remotely like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

And if I remember correctly, that movie did not do to well in the box office. But I think anything with Jesus and Bruce Lee would do much better :)

Fisherman
Mr Potato Head
Comedian
Bride
(all walk into a bar ;)

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Oh I forgot one,

Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker)

:P

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Zombie

Whoa! Can't believe I missed that one. YES!

Now... to all... while there have been some great offerings and I have secretly been laughing out loud at this thread more than I have in a long time... I must remind that I was looking for broad category examples... so Vampire not Dracula... and Knight not King Arthur... for example... though Zombie beats Vampire I think... of course I know this was misleading considering I prefaced the whole thing with my amazing screenplay... ahem...

Robot or Alien... tough one...

Notice how I pull rules out of my nether regions as I go long.... I'm whack like that... such as *only room for one entry in each unknown category*...

also...

Nun or Bride? Hmmmm...

But keep 'em coming, at the end we'll have several nominees in each category and maybe take a pole (but not Lech Walesa!)

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BTW, Your story sounds remotely like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

... LoEG on heroin perhaps?

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Politically Incorrect nominees... I've always thought Homeless, Klansmen and Midgets were both hilarious fodder (as does Howard Stern) but perhaps this crosses the line...

But we can perhaps soften the impact and fly under the radar of the game nazi's, but still achieve the same effect, by going the route of Hobo, Leprechaun and Terrorist.

SIDE NOTE: wanted to go Munchkin for the *wee folk* entry... but Steve Jackson messed that all up. There are also Winkies, Quadlings and Gillikins available for the taking... but no one knows that except me... so I think Leprechain is hands down the *littel people* winner... but let me know if there are any contendors I am forgeting....

Can you smell-el-el-el it!?

p.s.

Elwood: Illinois Nazis.
Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.

p.s.s.

Tell me a game/story revolving around a homeless midget klansmen wouldn't rock.

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Make sure to pass the script to a Hollywood agent, I would love to see the film...

Dunka!

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(all walk into a bar ;)

Actually... this is a GREAT way to sum up this whole experiment in lunacy!!

When we finally get a finalized and comprehensive list of characters... we will tag "walk into a bar" at the end of it... perfect!

MORE DECISIONS:

Wizard or Witch
Mime or Clown
Gorilla or Caveman
Cowboy or Indian
Pygmy or Zulu

and then Pygmy would be against Leprchaun and perhaps Zulu against Indian... but I dont think Pygmy and Zulu should be in the same game... must keep the *heroes* as diversified as possible... so they each bring something nique to the table in vibe and abilities.

Now I was also pondering a T-Rex or a Dragon but not sure that really fits the bill.... so scratch that.

(see, more rules as I go along, isnt this fun!?)

Okay... Now, in your best Ty Pennigton immitation, "LETS GO PEOPLE! COME ON!"

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Has anyone mentioned "Super Spy" yet?

But then another decision arrives ... Super-Spy-Guy (Bond, XXX) or Super-Spy-Chic (Lara Croft, Kim Possible)?

-Bryk

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Golfer
Gangster
Gambler
GarbageMan
Guide
Gang member (Crypt/Blood)

...

Football Player (or any other sport..)
Cheerleader or Dancer
Soldier/Sailor/Pilot...
Mechanic
Carpenter

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Is it just me, or does this sound like a fantastic premise for a party game? If it's just me, I understand...(hey, I've only had 6 hours of sleep out of the last 72...).
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Players have hands of cards representing all these assorted personages. They'd presumably make melds of three along any common principle that a player proposes and isn't vetoed near-unanimously... (I'm thinking maybe something like 'The Big Idea", where you're somehow investing in the quality of the resulting joke...)

And for once I have a decent title right off the bat: "The Fourth One Ducks..."

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Nice! It does sound like a perfect party-game theme! But you forgot:

Skeleton
Viking
Cowboy(?)
Thief (Obvious black and white striped uniform)

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Would there ever be interest in a board game based on this?

Be sure to check out Duel of Ages. Mismatched icon characters is a big part of that game's appeal. In a recent game, I had Buffalo Bill and Beowulf hunting Joshua Jordan, a mildmannered reporter. Beowulf had a bengal tiger with JJ's name on it. Gawain the Green Knight tried to run Beowulf down, but the sturdy Dane pulled out a space marine anti-personnel rifle and that was that.

That said (!), there's still a lot of room in this concept. Duel of Ages is largely about combat and iconic situations ("You're hacking into the mafia boss' computer. Test your brains skill.") You may have a different angle. And it's a hex-and-chit game, most definitely not a party game.

Yogurt

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more great replies, After this thread dies (dont let it!!!) I will grab all my favs and consolidate in a post.

Im not thinking party game (tho it is and someone should) I am definitely thinking a board game, but less hex and chit more squares and dice...simple accesible fun compact, the usual.

Almost think of the selections and offerings as *troop types* if you will...

An army of Skeletons (good one by the way) and Ninjas lead by a clown into battle.

In the end, each weird character type will have its own specialness that it brings to the table (literally).

Duel of Ages sounds a bit like my screenplay, interesting. I suppose HeroScape has elements of this as well... but no humor or extreme weirdness,

Again, glad to see people diggin this stuff...

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I will amend my previous list to make it fit the format better.

First:
Martha Stewart, Pat Buchanon, Kim Jong Il, and Michael Moore
I think we can turn all of these into "Evil Genius"
Second:
Rock Hudson becomes "Head In A Jar" or maybe "Disembodied Brain"
Third:
Pancho Villa becomes "Revolutionaries Ghost" I don't know about this one though

Pop Stars are always absurd and make good cannon fodder. Flashy things can be distracting sometimes afterall.

I like the sound of this team:
Evil Genius
Disembodied Brain
Pop Star
Ninja
Clown
Flying Nun

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Been trying to think what troop type of odd being/character could bring *Intelligence* to the table... maybe brain-in-a-vat is just that ticket.... hmmm...

Irvin!!!

Very intrigued by Flying Nuns, except in my mind and the general publics I fear, the Flying Nun is a singular unique being, not a race.

Again, making rules up as I go along is fun.

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I think I'm diggin' PILGRIMS (armed with blunderbuss of course)

feelin me?

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I'd put your blunderbuss-rich Pilgrim up against a pitchfork-wielding Amish any day! ;-)

-Bryk

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Horror Movies

I am not sure I followed correctly the idea of this thread, but once in a while, I tought of making a game with all the Horror characters seen in the black and white horor movies of the 60ies. For example :

Dracula
Frankenstein
Invisible Man
Mummy
Monster of Lockness ( some sort of lizard man )
Abott and Castello ( why not?, they made a horror movie too)
etc.
(Yes I know, "The League of extrodinary gentlemen" somewhat have all these characters )

I thought It could made a good theme but I did not find any game design for it. So it could be a cooperative or competive game or it could also be a kill these monsters game. But I think playing these badguy monsters would have been best.

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Larienna wrote:
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Dracula
Frankenstein
Invisible Man
Mummy
Monster of Lockness ( some sort of lizard man )
Abott and Castello ( why not?, they made a horror movie too)
etc.

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But I think playing these badguy monsters would have been best.

As I read your post, I thought. Role selection of these different characters. Have each player start with one of the characters (maybe use only 3-6 different characters) and some method for rotating the characters between the players each turn. Have each of these different characters allow the players to accomplish a different task/goal. Ah... nevermind, I think I am getting a little crazy, a Horror themed PR would be silly! Wouldn't it?

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Dracula
Frankenstein
Invisible Man
Mummy
Monster of Lockness ( some sort of lizard man )
Abott and Castello ( why not?, they made a horror movie too)
etc.

I think of this alot as well, minus the funny men of course... hehehe... I always run against the brick wall of The Creature From The Black Lagoon though... its a two-fold problem... He has Aquaman syndrome and I believe he is teh one monster that was an original Universal Studios creation and still protected, the others are public domain from the old books they were in.

YOU FORGOT WEREWOLF!!! (Wolfman is probably protected)

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nevermind, I think I am getting a little crazy, a Horror themed PR would be silly! Wouldn't it?

Whats a PR?

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I think the route I am going is a little strategy combat game... and YES the choices will be narrowed down quite a bit... a simple game where the combatants or troops are unlike any other.

For instance it will be streamlined so far as that Viking, Ninja, Pirate, Skeleton and Knight are all lets say Close Range Combatants and need to be narrowed down to ONE.

Each icon will have/represent a single ability on the field.

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Brahmulus wrote:
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Whats a PR?

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Puerto Rico :)

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Zzzzz wrote:
Brahmulus wrote:
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Whats a PR?

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Puerto Rico :)

Public Relations?

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Brahmulus wrote:
Zzzzz wrote:
Brahmulus wrote:
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Whats a PR?

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Puerto Rico :)

Public Relations?

??? I think you lost me now ???

No I was thinking about a Horror Themed Puerto Rico game. Where instead of having prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder. You might be able to tweak the various crazy characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man and Mummy to create a Role Selection concept like that in Puerto Rico.

So maybe when players take on the role of a Mummy, they might be allow to explore and discover ancient riches, as Frankenstein maybe the player could create other horror themed units that might be used in combat or something, as Dracula maybe this would allow players to influence (because he is a natural charmer) the sale/purchase of the ancient riches you might be trying to sell or buy, thus the player might be able to increase or decrease the value of the item. Of course I am just tossing out these as ideas, not sure, but I would guess that there are better actions for each of these character roles that would better portray a horror theme, but I cant think straight right now, so I made up some silly ones and hope I get my point across.

And as I stated, I was streching the idea a little. And making rules up like you! ;P

So my idea might be just SILLY!

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The setting could be a haunted castle/mansion/woods. The resource-producers would be campers who, on a dare, come to visit. The resources would be the things they carry and drop when they are spooked (cheetos, comic books, etc), and each horror character has a special ability that allows them to score. I've never played PR, only heard of it, but this *sounds* feasible. Good luck making a game of it, though.

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Ok i thought u were kidding so i threw my own PR definition out there (Public Relations)

Never heard of PR... the role angle sounds like BANG a bit maybe?

Anyway... i am liking this idea...

perhaps teh CAMPERS themselves are the resources... I vant to suck your blood!

Work out some concepts a little more and start a new thread on it, I'll join in for sure.

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Copyright isue

Sorry for the wolfman I forgot. I am not sure if there is a strict copyright on the idea of a wolfman since there is an RPG called werewolf. I think this is a common creature so this should not be a problem. For the monster of Lockness, this I think is copyrighted since it is not broad enough.

By the way sorry if this thread have gone in another direction.
I'll post the feed back in another thread.

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Larienna wrote:
Sorry for the wolfman I forgot. I am not sure if there is a strict copyright on the idea of a wolfman since there is an RPG called werewolf.

Correct, thats what I was explaining in previous post you can say Werewolf, but not Wolfman... and Creature from The black Lagoon is un-usable sadly (is that sad ad tho? heee..)

Luckily Universal doesnt own Dracula, Frankenstien, Mummy because they were FIRST books now in the public domain.

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