Faceplant
 member, 28 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 00:11
Dreampark (sort of)
Dreampark was a series of novels by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes throughout the 80s and 90s. I liked reading them when I was a kid, and even went back to the first novel recently. The books are basically science fiction about a far-future LARP theme park where people played competitive games as part of a popular league.

I think that this kind of meta game could make for a fun campaign - players as pro or semi-pro athletes participating in reality show competetive adventure LARPing, relying on a combination of character traits and actual factual skill... with the plot extending outside the game itself from time to time.

While a Dreampark rpg was published by R. Talsorian Games, I wouldn't be using it (or the Dreampark setting itself as written) because it's not exactly a pinnacle of mechanical design. Instead I think I'd go with GURPS - it has a level of detail to differentiate base player capabilities from the character they'd be taking on in any given LARP adventure.

One of the keys here is that some capabilities in the Games are determined by your players' actual abilities, and some by their character class and level. Maybe Fighter type characters can take more virtual "hits" in augmented reality combat, or Snipers have stronger computer assisted aim; their targeting reticule is bigger. Maybe the thief character is the only one who can pick locks, even if the player themselves knows how.

Anyway, that's my idea. Thoughts?
Rakaydos
 member, 1 post
Thu 15 Feb 2018
at 18:05
Dreampark (sort of)

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Silverfoxdmt73
 member, 333 posts
 Long time gamer
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 13:47
Dreampark (sort of)
I would be interested in something like this if it is still on offer. I really liked the idea behind the game and had all of the R.Talsorian stuff, though admittedly it was rather simplistic in it's approach.
Faceplant
 member, 32 posts
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 20:44
Dreampark (sort of)
Depends entirely on interest.
Utsukushi
 member, 1433 posts
 I should really stay out
 of this, I know...but...
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 21:42
Dreampark (sort of)
I am.. fairly full on games right now, but I used to love Dreampark, and the game you're describing sounds like what I loved about it.  If the posting rate doesn't have to be too fast, I would be interested.

All my GURPS stuff is 3rd edition, though, so if you're using 4th, I'd need some help with the millions of tiny adjustments they made.
Faceplant
 member, 34 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 00:34
Dreampark (sort of)
What posting rate would you be comfortable with?
Utsukushi
 member, 1434 posts
 I should really stay out
 of this, I know...but...
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 03:15
Dreampark (sort of)
Like, weekly-ish?
Faceplant
 member, 35 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 03:37
Dreampark (sort of)
Yeah, I could run it weekly or bi-weekly.

If I can get 4 or more people interested, we're good to go.
Silverfoxdmt73
 member, 334 posts
 Long time gamer
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 10:30
Re: Dreampark (sort of)
Faceplant:
Yeah, I could run it weekly or bi-weekly.

If I can get 4 or more people interested, we're good to go.


Sounds like something I can manage too.
DarkLightHitomi
 member, 1283 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 13:29
Re: Dreampark (sort of)
X-crawl might have some additional insight and ideas that you can make use of. It has a similar premise.

Not really sure if I'll be able to my hat in the ring. I need to try out gurps one of these days.
Faceplant
 member, 36 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 13:38
Re: Dreampark (sort of)
Yeah, X-Crawl definitely gives me some ideas to work with.
Faceplant
 member, 37 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 17:54
Re: Dreampark (sort of)
Okay, for the interested:

link to another game