Plonk
 member, 4 posts
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 02:06
Take a Look, We're in a Book
Sort of like a Pagemaster/Gumby/Wishbone(?) deal. The PCs are able to enter and adventure within the realms of books. Fanfiction: The Game. The players might step into the role of someone in the story, or just be ordinary folk with this singular extraordinary ability.

Permutation 1: What's the deal?
A. It's Real. The players magically enter the world of the books. The dangers they face are real, and physical. Maybe they can bring things into (and out of) the worlds of fiction they enter.
B. It's mental. The players are sharing a hallucination of sorts, or a psychic gestalt. There's less physical danger, but just as much mental stress, and nothing can go in or out (obviously).
C. It's virtual. Technological. Virtual reality, or some kind of holodeck-ish augmented reality game.

Permutation 2: Who do you want to be today?
A. Step into a role. Players become one of the characters in the story. Maybe the protagonists, maybe secondary characters, maybe just background figures who "fit" but with the freedom to act.
B. Just who you are. You're still you. Through your experiences in the books, you gain experience pretty quickly. You learn things you can apply to the next book you enter.
C. A whole new you You're you translated for the genre of the story. Stronger, faster, maybe you have magic, powers, or can fight. This makes it harder to learn new things, though, because of these crutches.

Permutation 3: What media
I'll poll the chosen players regarding their favorite media, and draw from those lists. The fun part here is player familiarity with the intellectual properties. On a larger scale it might be books, comics, movies, television series, video games.

Permutation 4: What system
Something that supports a variety of genre and a spectrum of power levels from the ordinary and mundane to the superpowerful. Ideally something that allows for character growth so the PCs can improve from their adventures. Off the top of my head: Fate or the World of Darkness might work, but feel free to suggest other possibilities.

If you're interested, weigh in on which permutations seem to hold the most potential here.
thattripletguy
 member, 25 posts
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 02:09
Take a Look, We're in a Book
I'd be interested
LordXenophon
 member, 8 posts
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 02:14
Take a Look, We're in a Book
Didn't the Doctor destroy that place, when he left?

(permutation a/a or a/b)

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OakMaster
 member, 104 posts
 "Choose you this day
 whom ye will serve..."
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 02:41
Take a Look, We're in a Book
For Permutation 1A+2B, Mulitverser ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverser ) is a good choice, but finding a copy of the rules may be challenging...
Cubist
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Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 11:55
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Philosoraptor
 member, 41 posts
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 14:01
Take a Look, We're in a Book
1a 2C is what The Strange was written for
12th Doctor
 member, 15 posts
 Don't be lasagna.
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 20:24
Take a Look, We're in a Book
1a, 2c, comic books or movies, guided freeform.

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Plonk
 member, 5 posts
Wed 1 Aug 2018
at 23:41
Take a Look, We're in a Book
Multiverser and The Strange are a bit heavy for what I'm going for here. Guided freeform might work, or something like PDQ or Risus... though something with a little more granularity to track player improvement, perhaps?
LordXenophon
 member, 25 posts
Fri 3 Aug 2018
at 12:55
Take a Look, We're in a Book
This could also work with Dream Park, though I haven't seen a copy for sale in years. The game is centered around a giant complex of what the X-Men call "Danger Rooms," or possibly a combination of Holodeck and Danger Room, but the NPC's are droids. I believe it would be permutation a/a or a/b.
pnvq12
 member, 67 posts
Sat 4 Aug 2018
at 02:17
Take a Look, We're in a Book
You could check out Of Dreams and Magic since its a very similar premise to 1A. The system is a little obscure but I think it has some promise.
Plonk
 member, 6 posts
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 23:35
Take a Look, We're in a Book
Drawing inspiration from the Fanfic thread, I'm going to go with 1A 2B:

Bureau of Matrix Data Acquisition: The players, fresh graduates of Time Lord Academy. As Junior Time Lords, they were sent off in a Tardis to witness and document momentous occasions and persons of note throughout space and time. In theory, their observations would be added to the Matrix on Gallifrey.

Then that whole Time War thing happened, but their TARDIS keeps dragging them from event to event, as if their assignment is still valid...

I don't think I'm going to go with DW:AITAS for this. Something lighter. Still mulling that.
LordXenophon
 member, 26 posts
 Lord of the Grognards
 XP is the best teacher
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 23:44
Take a Look, We're in a Book
This sounds more like a job for Savage Worlds.

Or GURPS, but you said "lighter."
Plonk
 member, 7 posts
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 21:12
Take a Look, We're in a Book
Hmm... how "light" is "GURPS Lite?" Because if it's light enough I'll go with that.

Otherwise I'll probably opt for Fate Accelerated.
12th Doctor
 member, 17 posts
 Don't be lasagna.
Tue 14 Aug 2018
at 16:38
Re: Take a Look, We're in a Book
Plonk:
Hmm... how "light" is "GURPS Lite?"


32 pages, one of which is a full page notated character sheet example.