Have you ever wanted to get involved in running tabletop roleplaying games and thought “But I have no ideas!”?
The Big Red Couch is designed to show exactly how easy it is to get from random notions that stick in your mind to playable concepts, all through the medium of the kind of casually weird spitballing that gamers engage in at the best of times.
In every issue, the intrepid contributors to the Big Red Couch brave the noisome wonders of The Mystery Box to produce a randomly-selected seed idea, then return Some Time Later to share what they came up with and discuss how those concepts might work as games.
If we can do it, anyone can: that’s the whole idea.
Along the road, we discuss what RPG systems might work for implementing different concepts, together with reasons how or why. This frequently involves adaptation of systems from their original settings to the point where they creak under the strain.
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Seven – Gen Con Gothic
But Mister Darcy, Who Will Play The Cleric? The Best Four Days Of Gaming, Terror, and Existential Dread! No, We’re Not With Those Bad Guys, We’re A Completely Separate Group Of Bad Guys. Also, We’re Not Bad Guys, Stop Calling Us That. SydneySydney Airport Battlefleet Gothic Gen ConOriginsE3Metatopia WarhammerGames Workshop 4k Explorer (YouTube) South ShieldsSmuggler’s […]
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Six – We can make anything into a dumpling. Anything.
The Potstickers of Dorian Gray – When unexplained events occur, when there’s no rational explanation, and when you desperately need to keep things quiet so that the FBI doesn’t notice what you’re up to, your only hope is Those Meddling Kids. Cultural Misappropriation: The RPG – To protect our culture from the Humans, we will […]
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Five – It’s All Downhill From Here
The Greatest Kingdom In History is facing certain destruction, and while they can’t save the place, they can save the people.Of course, to do so, someone has to stay behind to close the doors after everyone else has left. A society living on the endless sloping face of a Megastructure, where heading downhill is a […]
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Four – Question The Fog
The World Is Over, You Survived – The world ended, society, civilization, and the basic fabric of the land have shattered, and an enormous amount has been lost, including the knowledge of what actually happened. Figuring it out will involve traveling to the scattered fragments of the world, each of which has its own soundtrack. […]
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Three – Starfleet Bagels
Action-Packed Bagel Delivery – They’re the best bagels in the known universe, and your job is to deliver them. Anywhere. Any time. No matter the odds, the bagels will get through. Pot-Luck RPG – You’re not the great big heroes, you’re having to do the heroic stuff anyway, and the goal really IS to play […]
Episode One Hundred And Sixty Two And A Half – The Audient Mailbag
Hero Roadies – Your job is to make the Hero look good & to not get noticed, which gets more difficult the more heroic their actions become Just Make Me Look Good – Maybe the Hero’s power is fading, maybe their powers are drastically oversold, or maybe they were just lucky at the right time.No […]