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.
The Imperial Tomb is a model of the afterlife, and holds the remains of Emperors, Governors, and Important People; It is, quite literally, the Tomb of the Empire. And when the conditions are just right, the model becomes real,
Craig keeps thinking of ideas he really doesn’t want to make a game of. What happens when the worship band for a Cthulhu Cult get noticed by a producer & start to make it big?What about when the band start to see that there’s a much bigger world out th...
Becoming the Imperial Gardener is a huge honour, but maybe not a welcome one when all you really want to do is work alongside your colleagues to tend plants and create a beautiful space. The Royal Gardeners don’t prune plants, but people,
Behind The Screens At An Ageing Arcade, Videogame Characters Try To Keep The Machines Running & Cover Up Glitches Before Anyone Notices. In Desperate Times, A Psychic Blue Whale & A Team Of Sea Creatures Take To The Skies. A Group Of Strangers Awaken,
Audient Contribution! InSpectres hacked into a renovation contest show. Will you race to repair and exorcise a spooky fixer-upper to sell it on, or… …rejuvenate a legitimately haunted dwelling, taking both the needs of the living and the dead into acco...
Genre-themed Librarians battle the forces of evil. Quietly. A venue shared between the Summer & Winter Courts of Faerie transitions from a generations-long reign of summer into an unexpected winter primacy.
With a special guest appearance by every damn bird in the area You are the ultra powerful, “last resort” of your super hero team. You are capable of so much, but can you restrain your abilities well enough?
When your team’s quarry suddenly takes up holy orders, you have to reassess. Is their sudden repentance genuine? Even if it isn’t, acquiring your target becomes much harder when they’re living in an environment where you can’t blend in because everyb...
Masked grapplers travel between isolated settlements, their performance thrilling the crowds and providing a sense of safety and justice. In the wastes between, they live the battles in truth. The monsters hide their faces to pass among us.
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,