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The Evil GM - Converting favorite Cartoons/TV Shows to your games..thoughts on the topic.
Man, sometimes you get a great idea in your mind of a cartoon or TV show and you just want to convert it over to your favorite game.
So then you sit down to do:
Tons of research of what you think would be cool to use in your game.
Maybe watch a few episodes of that cartoon.
Watch it again, this time taking notes.
Finally you realized you've done all this work and not a lot to show for it all, but you push forward.
Then suddenly you get stuck on trying to convert something or make something work in the world of roleplaying.
This sudden stop makes you question what you've done before, so now you start going over what you already did. This makes you frustrated as now you are going over everything, until you get to the point you just say, "SCREW IT" and you don't bother with the entire project.
Sadly now it just sits where you left it as you move onto something else in life.
This is what I heard from a friend last night while I was planning out the show notes for the various podcasts I do.
The only advice I could really give on the topic, is do your research, move forward and sometimes realize NOT EVERYTHING from a TV Show or cartoon can be ported over to your favorite game. Sometimes things will need to be made up on the fly or find a rule that fits it to the best of the games ability. Sometimes, somethings will just not fit with the game at all.
I wonder how many people start projects of converting something and just leave it because of a roadblock or something like that?
Something that has always bugged me in D&D and this dates back to the days of playing D&D in the '80s, but its more of a thing since the "MMO/video gamer generation" (let's go with that for now) has moved into playing D&D, was that all their stats have to be high, and anything less then having a +2 modifier on your stats was a "waste of time".
Another email came into the "Ask a DM" email box, by "Ralph", as that's how it was marked on the email form that asked me a question about Monsters, their stats and encounters. Mostly asking me if I reference the book during a game, hand write them/print them on a sheet a paper. He was having trouble with encounters and wanted to know what's his best option and what should he do to keep it easy for him? also wants to know, when should he throw encounters at his group?
A question was asked to me today (via email at the top) about writing up custom spells and the person was worried about if the spell already existed, not so much to save him time or work, but because he didn't want to be unoriginal in his spell idea.
I said to him to get more information, "if you have an idea in your head, why not just talk to your DM, work with him and make a custom spell to the way YOU like it?"