member, 116 posts
Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 14:19
Overlord style game
Hi there, so for those of you who are familiar with the Overlord manga/anime I'd like to do something in a similar vein to that.

The way I'm looking at it the core aspects of the story that make it appealing to me as a potential game setting are:
You have a lot of power and resources at your disposal.
You have a large, well established base of operations.
You're in a world you have no idea about, anything outside of your base is almost entirely an unknown to you.
The power of the majority of the world outside your base compared to you is miniscule but there is enough uncertainty out there that it would be impossible for you to just blunt force take everything over without probably getting yourself destroyed.
As a result of the above, you need to be careful with how you put all that power and resources to use. A lot of behind the scenes, intrigue, making deals and such.

I'm not sure if there's a system that would work here. I know a lot of fantasy systems would facilitate this but I want something simple and rules light or freeform because I feel that having a lot of rules and having everything your character is capable of and owns all written down kind of detracts from the feeling a setting like this portrays. That is to say a sort of: You have all the keys to unlock all the ways forward but you gotta sift through and find the right keys and I feel that's lessened if you know everything you have/can do from the beginning. Plus I don't want to spend days trying to build that character mechanically.

I would expect the early days would involve building up the original world: What background the character has, what his base is like and all the people/npcs in it. Really get a good feel for what home is because once he's thrown into a new world, home will be the only thing he has.

If any other fans of Overlord think this sounds like something they'd like to run then please rmail me and we'll discuss it. Also I don't think this will work particularly well as a group effort (maybe one or two other people could work but I'd be very hesitant to try that) so solo is preferred.
 member, 117 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 10:41
Overlord style game
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Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:37
Overlord style game
Basically playing as members of a group of Players who did not log out when the game 'shut down' on the last day.
I love this series of Anime and the concept intrigues me to no end.
The thing I have noted in the Anime are hints that players, singular or in groups have been popping up through out the history of this world. The Theological country seems to have been founded by a group of such players (hinted at in the beginning of the second season by two characters and a dragon later on.)
The advantage here is you could have a game that takes place either before or after the Overlord series and not mess with the continuity of the anime. (there by the 'world history' as we know it.)
The change in time also explains why, in the anime, the guild house is in a plain instead of a swamp. Time will change many things and in a few centuries what was once a swamp could become plains, forest to deserts and so on. This adds to the players confusion as to what is happening (add to it you can't log out and are stuck in that world adds to the drama.)