Yeah, I do like realism in the unreal.
The zombie apocalypse story will be something along the lines of a college student or someone similarly untrained, survives the initial outbreak and realizes he has to move or die. So that would be when he meets up with others, and there could be a town with evil people at the helm (Land of the Dead or 28 Days Later) or a good town (We Are Legend). The zombies would be fast and deadly, rudimentary intelligence (perhaps making simple traps), and they couldn't infect animals. Transmission is through fluid, so saliva or blood works to turn you. The long dead don't get up and party, so it's like a disease. The story could be the kid finding someone (prefer a girl) and them making it to the last bastion of civilization, or remaking their own by reclaiming a town or something. I also kind of the like the big city setting (NYC or ATL).
The future idea is likely to have 3 factions. The fascists, the capitalists, and the robots. Because the sun is reaching the end of its days, they all kind of collide in this one super city because it's too cold elsewhere. Humans invented robots to help them out and they've reached sentience but not gone super crazy like in Terminator, as restrictions have been put upon them. But they're fighting for their complete independence. The fascists want a strict control over humans and the capitalists are about the same but they're making people custom ordered. 1984/V for Vendetta is in the Fascist camp. The capitalists is the Brave New World part of this (and I'm a bit rusty on the book, so that can be scraped if need be). And robots is obviously Blade Runner/Terminator. But people have either got to get out of the solar system and go to a new one or prepare to die a slow and cold death. This can be the story of space travel to a new world, a mission to fix the sun, or just the desperation that the people have to get a ticket to the coveted ships that lead to a life.
The superhero idea, I really don't know, I just think that those are probably two of the most badass powers there are, so I wanted to combine them into one person. It makes sense in my mind because both of them are playing with time and space, in theory, so they're connected that way. Action-adventure. Assassin, anti-hero. Give me a good idea and we can roll with it.
I haven't played with a system yet, but I think it would be fun, so I'm down with it. Some of the games I think would be good with the nWoD rules or d20 or something. I've looked over the rules for most of them, but never played. So to be more clear, freeform or system is fine with me.
PS: Looking forward to hearing from you, Mel. :)