Saturday, February 16, 2008

Firefly Brainstorm Lists: Genre

This list was brainstormed back in early 2007, when my play group was considering playing a rotating-GM campaign set in the Firefly/Serenity universe.

List of Genres that can be explored in the Firefly/Serenity setting...
  • Western - This is the most obvious theme of the show outside of sci fi. Inspiration can be drawn from any spaghetti western. Good guys and bad guys are easy to tell apart. Hard-working pioneers and miners struggling against the odds. Corrupt local government or railroad barons.
  • Hard Sci Fi - Ship could be stranded in space, dealing with a failure of life-support, or some crazy interstellar phenomenon. Inspiration can be found in many Star Trek episodes, but a lot of novels do it more realistically.
  • Space Opera - Melodrama meets questionable science. There’s even a big oppresive government and a rebellion.
  • Heist films - Con men and bank robbers are pretty common in the setting. There’s even a mafia - and it’s pretty nasty. The Alliance government is rather corrupt, too.
  • Courtly Intrigue - Rich folks are like nobility. They have courtly interactions, fancy balls, dueling is popular.
  • Bushido - Such a strong asian subculture within the setting. Especially considering kurosawa’s influence on The Magnificent Seven, etc, it wouldn’t feel out of place for a Samurai to enter the series. Bushi would be right at home next to Geisha and Chinese Laundry, after all.
  • Pop Dialog - Everybody talks like Sawyer from Lost. If you don’t know what that means, just take any Buffy or Tarantino character and give them a southern accent. Pop references are OK, shakespeare turned on end is even better, and witty insults are a must. Banter and scenery chewing are encouraged.
  • Cthulhoid horror - Reavers are twisted, malicious and no longer purely human. And it is widely believed to be contagious. The lack of supernatural explanation actually increases the terror potential: we did this to ourselves.
  • Epic Fantasy - In the movie, Serenity, Reavers are treated like LOTR Orcs . I feel this is at odds with much of the rest of the series, but it’s there as an option.

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