NowhereMan
 member, 317 posts
Thu 16 May 2019
at 13:47
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I've been thinking about running a modern thriller campaign, focusing on freelance heroes in a  world like you'd expect to see in a Bourne movie or a Tom Clancy book. I've narrowed things down to a few options:

Supernatural Conspiracy: The PCs are independent operatives - burned spies, ex-military, criminals, etc. - who stumble upon a vast international conspiracy, controlled by a mysterious, supernatural entity or entities. Jason Bourne meets Van Helsing.

Swordfish: The PCs are members of an anti-terrorist organization that doesn't officially exist. Frustrated by international politics that allow evil men to walk free, their organization is self-funded and self-motivated, free from the constraints of government interference. They do bad things to very bad people. See the 2001 film Swordfish.

Mercs: The PCs are an independent mercenary company, taking jobs all over the world from whoever will pay them. It's not nice, and it's probably illegal, but it pays the bills. Some contracts let them play hero, rescuing hostages and aiding downtrodden rebels against oppressive regimes, while others involve kidnapping, false-flag operations, and other dirty deeds. See The Expendables films or the anime series Black Lagoon.

So, what of the above appeals to you?
Dream Sequence
 member, 41 posts
Thu 16 May 2019
at 14:12
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I'd possibly be tempted by A or B.
jamat
 member, 589 posts
 P:5 T:7 W:0 F:0 B:3
Thu 16 May 2019
at 16:05
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
Would be interested in A or B with a slight preference for A :)
drewalt
 member, 95 posts
Thu 16 May 2019
at 16:16
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
First and third sound most interesting to me.  I think you'll get takers for all though.
DBCowboy
 member, 36 posts
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Thu 16 May 2019
at 22:25
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
Are the characters in the Supernatural Conspiracy also supernatural-ish?  Thinking along the lines of Secret World or Hell Boy or the like.

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NowhereMan
 member, 318 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 00:11
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
In reply to DBCowboy (msg # 5):

No, at least not initially, and definitely not without obscene risk and sacrifice, if at all.
MegatonBlade
 member, 21 posts
 Jesus Loves You
Fri 17 May 2019
at 00:27
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I'd join. :)

I'd prefer a non-supernatural, everyone is human and teamwork is what will be needed most.

This message was last edited by the user at 00:31, Fri 17 May.

Yaaraer
 member, 150 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:21
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I'd be interested in both A and B with no clear preference between them. I don't mind the idea of doing bad things to bad people. Which is why I'm not too keen on C, since we might be doing bad things to good people? That is something I would prefer to avoid out of personal preference.
drewalt
 member, 96 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:34
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
To be fair, if Black Lagoon is the inspiration, it's more like bad (or at least technically bad) people doing bad things to Really Horrible People.

Counter Idea:  Black Lagoon but in a setting where the Really Horrible People are supernatural beings.
NowhereMan
 member, 319 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:45
Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
In reply to drewalt (msg # 9):

That is, generally speaking, option one.
drewalt
 member, 97 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 11:34
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
NowhereMan:
In reply to drewalt (msg # 9):

That is, generally speaking, option one.

Awesome
HEarlPendelfield
 member, 78 posts
 I need a vacation
Fri 17 May 2019
at 13:55
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I like all three options.
GhostShipBlue
 member, 127 posts
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Thu 23 May 2019
at 03:10
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
Option A puts me in mind of Pandemonio, which is dark and violent and scary. I love the Savage Worlds rules - seems a really good fit. Anyone else know Pandemonio?
NowhereMan
 member, 321 posts
Thu 23 May 2019
at 15:47
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
Pandemonio is a lot more... gonzo than what I have in mind, and a heck of a lot more overt. That said, I think that Savage Worlds with the Horror Companion would probably manage a decent approximation of it.
Vulco1
 member, 18 posts
Fri 24 May 2019
at 18:39
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
A or B sound very interesting to me. A sounds kind of like Nights Black Agents.

Good idea
GhostShipBlue
 member, 128 posts
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Fri 24 May 2019
at 19:38
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
In reply to NowhereMan (msg # 14):

The violence and cost in lives does tend to be high in Pandemonio but the idea is to keep it from getting on the mortals if at all possible.
NowhereMan
 member, 323 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 14:12
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
@Vulco1: NBA is a definite inspiration for A, along with Conspiracy X.
Faubus
 member, 7 posts
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 22:28
Re: Modern Thriller with Savage Worlds
I'd be interested. My first choice is Mercenaries, then Swordfish, then Supernatural Conspiracy.