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.
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,
Extradimensional Horrors Desperately Try To Save Humanity, Hampered By The Fact That Their Devoted Followers Are Evil Idiots A Travelling Caravan For The Relocation & Re-purposing Of Slightly Used Gods Accidental Renaissance Christopher Walken Ponzi Sc...
Trees Hate Us; They’ve found ways to influence people & get into their thoughts, and now, not even paper is safe The forests are desperately trying to redress an imbalance, but from a human point of view that looks a whole lot like people up and vanish...
A group of total strangers who are distresingly familiar to each other attempt to work out what disaster befel their city, why they feel like they had something to do with it, and whether it could happen again. The Universe is broken,
The AI cast members at the theme park became a vital part of the experience; A wild assortment of characters you could talk to who would always remember your name and were always happy to see you. Then things fell apart, and the people stopped coming,
Trapped by the snow, the handful of passengers on a stranded air-liner find themselves retreading a classic story. A Jovian gas extraction platform unexpectedly loses communication with it’s drill-head deep in the atmosphere below.
Ben has a thesis on the role and point of travel in games, and the role and point of the encounters along the way. Deities of the Land deal with a threat to their domain and the people living there; Possibly in between shifts at work.
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