“You wanna know what it takes to write mashups? It takes brass balls to write mashups.”
Yeah, it’s all about Glengarry Glen Ross this week, and don’t you forget it. It’s a movie about desperation. It’s really brutal. It’s really good. I’m gonna mash it up. It’s not gonna be exactly work-safe.
I’m feeling pretty old school, so we’ll use Greyhawk for this one. This is going to need to be a mature campaign, because the framework is just a framework and the important aspects of the campaign are the intra-PC competition. Some people don’t like that kind of a game — I’m often among them — but this time I think it’s necessary. Duration is probably six or so sessions, certainly not more.
The PCs are Furyondy soldiers, stationed on the northern frontier. It is their job to hold back the hordes of Iuz, the demon ruler incarnate on the Material Plane. Their post is lonely and dangerous and under-appreciated. This is not the place where the cream of the crop go to battle evil. This is where the fuckups go in order to provide the competent warriors with a little warning each time the demons sweep south.
It’s not a good job.
Yesterday, a paladin from Furyondy showed up. He’s got good news. For one of the PCs. “We’re adding a little something to this month’s scalp contest. As you all know, first place is you get to come home to Furyondy. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of studded leather armor. Third prize is you’re exiled.”
You can more or less use all the quotes, you know?
“You see this ring? You see this ring? That ring costs more than your armor. I killed a thousand orcs last year. How many’d you kill? You see, pal, that’s who I am, and you’re nothing. Nice guy, I don’t give a shit. Good father, fuck you. Go home and play with your kids. You wanna fight for Furyondy, kill. You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can’t take this, how can you take the abuse you get in a dungeon?”
Yeah, he’s not a nice paladin. Why should paladins be nice? It’d be easy to play this for laughs, but I wouldn’t — I actually think the desperation aspect would be attainable and worthwhile. The game is about how the PCs interact under this kind of pressure. It’s about Furyondy losing the battle against Iuz. It’s about — this’ll sound familiar — being desperate.