Iâ€™ve started a few short fiction vignettes. They are not complete stories so they are not technically flash fiction. This is more about setting mood or illuminating characters. The two pieces Iâ€™ve done, each under 750 words, have been inspired by the Borderlands series of computer games. Iâ€™ve also been working in fits and starts on a tabletop RPG to emulate Borderlands.
So it comes to mind that I might use the fiction should I ever complete and offer this RPG. Thereâ€™s a problem, though. I really dislike fiction in my RPGs.
To be fair, I donâ€™t think I am the target market for RPGs. I donâ€™t like settings. I donâ€™t like big rulebooks. I donâ€™t like supplements. I like systems â€“ as pared down as possible. I really liked the True20 rulebook from Green Ronin because it was almost all system, with a few setting suggestions thrown in at the tail end. That worked for me. I also picked upÂ their Game of Thrones RPG Pocket Edition because it excised almost all of the setting specific material.
Thatâ€™s how I roll.
So just because I donâ€™t like fiction in my RPGs, that shouldn’t influence my decision to include it. Fiction in RPGs seems pretty popular. It still feels really hypocritical.
Then again, I may not need to worry because this game might be going nowhere.
You can learn more about my Borderlands inspired RPG project here.