During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.
What is an RPG you would like to see published?
The Guild of Calamitous Intent RPG, from The Venture Bros. cartoon. If you’re a fan of The Venture Bros., you get it. If not, it’s difficult to explain the appeal. It’s a satire of all sorts of geeky pop culture, from Jonny Quest to Scooby-Doo, G.I. Joe to Marvel’s Avengers, but it also manages to be its own thing, with a deep mythology and an extended cast of characters that rivals The Simpsons. David Bowie references are an essential part of the show, which might seem odd since the central theme is the series is failure, but he’s sort of an ideal that other people aspire to.
I don’t want a Team Venture roleplaying game because that’s not where the tabletop potential is. The purpose of the Guild, at least in the earlier seasons of the show, is to ensure that heroes and villains are evenly matched. This opens up the possibility to create original boy adventurers, super-scientists, secret agents, costumed heroes, and even supervillains. There is a whole world of stupidity and failure to be explored beyond the characters on the show.
Above My Capabilities
So why don’t I write one, or something inspired by it with the serial numbers filed off? It’s above my current capabilities. I’d rather try to license it and do it officially, which takes money. It’s a game that requires art, and I’d need to find people that could do illustrations in the style of the show. There would have to be outstanding writers, regardless of the system used, to capture the warped sense of humor.
The Possibilities Are Countless
There is so much history packed into the six (and counting) seasons of this show. From the early days of the Guild to the Pyramid Wars, to whatever is going on with Secret President and the O.S.I. There are secondary organizations that can be fleshed out, all sorts of throwaway lines that open up so many unanswered questions about the world, and stories that can be told to flesh out oh so many mysteries. I can think of at least a half-dozen supplements that could be written in and around the show’s continuity, not even touching the main characters.
Check Out The Venture Bros.
If for some reason you haven’t seen The Venture Bros., Cartoon Network has a streaming channel with every season plus the original unaired pilot. It runs everything in order, over and over. If you prefer to jump in from the beginning, and want to hear some hysterical commentary tracks from the creators, you should buy the discs.