The Big Red Couch

Have you ever wanted to get involved in running tabletop roleplaying games and thought “But I have no ideas!”? The Big Red Couch is designed to show exactly how easy it is to get from random notions that stick in your mind to playable concepts, all through the medium of the kind of casually weird spitballing that gamers engage in at the best of times. In every issue, the intrepid contributors to the Big Red Couch brave the noisome wonders of The Mystery Box to produce a randomly-selected seed idea, then return Some Time Later to share what they came up with and discuss how those concepts might work as games. If we can do it, anyone can: that’s the whole idea. Along the road, we discuss what RPG systems might work for implementing different concepts, together with reasons how or why. This frequently involves adaptation of systems from their original settings to the point where they creak under the strain. We plan for a fortnightly-ish release schedule for the podcast.



Episode One Hundred And Fourteen – DIE FARBEN!

People and objects changing from greyscale to colour is a wonderful way to depict change, be it in aspects of the world, or in the world you inhabit. But from the point of view of someone who’s accustomed to a greyscale world, it’d look uncannily, possibly horrifically, wrong.

Colour has been leeched from the world by Our Oppressive Grey Overlords, but a few members of the resistance hold objects which have retained their colour, and wield powers based upon that colour. Of course, once they’ve wielded their powers, the colour sticks around, so it’s pretty hard to be stealthy about it.

Dwarf Fortress
Kruggsmash plays Dwarf Fortress


Esri Developer Summit Europe

RPG – Paranoia
RPG – Chromatic Dragons (D&D)
RPG –Gamma World

Dragon Quest

Jimmy Urine

Power Rangers

Mall Dojo / McDojo

Tiamat (D&D)
Tiamat (Babylon)

Welcome To Night Vale

The Xi Effect, by Robert S. Richardson as Philip Latham

Our Last Best Hope

Absolute Zero
Planck Length
(It should be noted that “The Planck length is sometimes misconceived as the minimum length of spacetime, but this is not accepted by conventional physics, as this would require violation or modification of Lorentz symmetry.”, which makes Craig’s point largely irrelevant. I’m sure we’re all shocked. ~ T. Jones)

Memory Leak

Apocalypse Now

Sin City
That Yellow Bastard
A Dame To Kill For
The Big Fat Kill

Frank Miller
Steven Spielberg

Film – Schindler’s List

Film – The Wizard Of Oz

Film – Pleasantville

H. P. Lovecraft

Film – Die Farbe (movie)
The Colour Out Of Space

Spider Ham
Spider Gwen

RPG – Unknown Armies
RPG – Trail Of Cthulhu
RPG – Call Of Cthulhu
RPG – Fate

Film – The Mouth Of Madness

TV- Fringe

Monty Python

Dazzle Camouflage

RPG – Apocalypse World

Episode One Hundred And Thirteen – Never Go Full-Force On An Éclair, Son

Death Wish (movie series)
Charles Bronson

–All You Zombies–, by Robert A. Heinlein

By His Bootstraps, by Robert A. Heinlein

Alan Moore

Bill Hicks
Dennis Leary

Rewind: Temporal Tales   (Taz’s game, on Drivethru RPG ~ T. Jones)

The Daily Zeitgeist

Film – Pacific Rim
Theresa May

Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music For Airports
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops

Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

Film – Donnie Darko
Film – The Abyss

Film(?) – The Haunted World of El Superbeasto


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