So, what is the pretentiously titled S L I D E W A Y S
(just one of the many silly ways it gets written) all about? Essentially it's an experiment in making a game that works around my weaknesses, so the system is easily fudged, the format is deliberately episodic and the adventure ideas are drawn from things I thought of whilst listening to songs by XTC
. Couldn't be easier. And of course the "setting" is influenced by Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius
stories, Tom Moldvay's game Lords of Creation
and a Jerry O'Connell TV show from the nineties, the name of which escapes me for the moment... :wink:
Some links of possible interest:
The system is Fudge
, which you can either buy in a very spiffy hardback full of extra material or else download for free from the publisher, Grey Ghost Press, Inc.
Some of you might know the game Spirit of the Century
which uses a variant of Fudge
as its core.
Every adventure takes its title - and in some cases considerably more than that - from a song by Swindon's greatest pop band XTC
. You can also read more about them, including song lyrics, over at Chalkhills
The title of this episode - What in the World??..
- comes from XTC
's foray into their psychedelic alter-egos The Dukes of Stratosphear
. You can find the track for download on iTunes, from the compilation album Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
. Not that everyone is as bothered about the musical influence as I am, but they really are a tremendously great band
And since I have more than three hundred tracks by them there should be no shortage of adventure ideas...
The intro captures a sort of Pushing Daisies / Jonathan Creek
feel, which is about as appropriate to game as anything else, given that we can't actually afford to licence anything by XTC