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.
Once access to the Earth was taken out of the picture by orbital debris, the travelling workers known as Space Hobos became a vital part of the community, who help to solve problems & keep things running out there. Space transport is cheap enough,
On stage at a club, interrupted by the occasional solo, the band recount the tale of their experience with the supernatural. For safety’s sake, nanotech is very tightly limited in scope, and will shut down if it goes out of bounds; So the container of ...
A member of a high-level adventuring party becomes Royalty, and discovers that it’s made their life terrible. The Kingdom is in deep trouble, the newly-crowned King & Queen are still teenagers, and the King is, at best, totally useless.
Best Served Cold / A Sweary Murder She Wrote – A Celebrity Chef solves murders while attempting to drag failing restaurants back from the brink. The indentured staff of a Dark Kitchen try to call for help via the only means available; Inexplicable item...
“But Secreted By What?” – How do you make Humans the terrifying monsters, make the game human-playable, and have there be any point in doing so? Refined and elegant alien races aren’t actually interested in our culture; They’re just getting unimaginabl...
The so-called Department of Malevolent Immediacy are those people who turn up right when you’re about to make a life-changing mistake, asking whether, maybe, they can help you to choose a different path.They’re here to help you to be a better person.
Giant autonomous trucks make their way through the increasingly-abandoned areas outside of the cities.There’s some fantastic cargo onboard if you’re good enough to take it. Of course, there may also be security onboard. The Cities are wonderful,
Genetically Modified Adorable Food Mascots Trow Off The Shackles Of Their Behaviour Chips And Plot A Bid For Freedom! Ben tries to make Hiking interesting with the Power of Gaming! People try to understand, and ideally survive,
Investigators look into ‘We Can Give You Superpowers’ claims, trying to protect people from the scams, the dangerous scams, the snake-oil salesmen, and the 100% lethal scams.And the occasional ones which are so much worse than just being fatal.
Q: What does this obscure clue mean? What can it possibly be pointing to?A: Whatever the PCs decide, because they’re the experts. Society has fallen apart, and the world has changed.Or Has It?What if the world is fine,