After several days of running games at Colossalcon I had the chance to play a couple of sessions of the fanmade Powered by the Apocalypse AoT rpg called Titan World. It's awesome. Fantastically simple in execution, perfect in emulating the feeling of the series, and producing the most intense combat I have ever experienced in 26 years of roleplaying. Dark, unforgiving, and brutal but with this great sense of being a hero when you succeed.
I really, really want to run this. So let's start with what Attack on Titan is for those unfamiliar with it.
Long ago, the world belonged to humans. Those days vanished, however, when the Titans came.
The origins of the Titans remain shrouded in mystery. All we know is that their rise was sudden and brutal, and soon, they were everywhere. Massive and all but indestructible, the Titans sought nothing but to eat humans.
And eat they did - before long, humans had been pushed to the brink of extinction. Now this world belongs to the Titans.
All that remains of humanity lives in a single nation, surrounded by three enormous walls. The world beyond the walls is a dangerous one, full of ravenous Titans that seek nothing more than to consume human flesh. Behind the walls, humanity is safe - but all it would take is a single breach to plunge humanity into chaos once more.
If the first wall were to break, half of humanity’s territory would be lost. If the second were to break, what little remained would not be able to support even its own population, let alone the refugees from outside.
If the third wall broke, then every last human would surely be devoured.
You have just graduated from the military training corps, and been trained in the dangerous craft of fighting Titans.
People like you patrol the walls, keep the peace, and go on expeditions beyond the walls to unearth resources and information.
You do not know the true horror of battle between man and Titan.
But you will.
And this is what I am thinking. Use the setting as it is at the beginning of the series but go our own way from there using elements of the series. I want to do this for a couple of reasons. One is that I don't want to recreate a series - I want to create a new story for us. Two is that I don't want to spoil the story past the point of the anime for anyone who isn't caught up.
Seems fair, no?
This will be a Extreme
game for the level of violence, brutality, and dark themes. It will be using the free Titan World
rules which will be linked below with the caveat that I will be adding various Basic Moves from Dungeon World to provide more out of combat options. The game will involve character death. Probably a lot over time. It's just the nature of the setting. That being said the game will be more than just fighting monsters. There will be lots of other things really. I like story and the nature of Elliquiy with people almost instinctively building relationships will make the death and brutality a lot more meaningful I think.
Titan World: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw7QgogbK6wSOWluWEpPMDV4Vzg/edit
So would anyone be interested in this?
Due to the mortal nature of characters in this setting I am only going to ask for a few things. None of which are character or backstory.
- To know how familiar you are with Attack on Titan and World rpgs. Neither familiarity is required. I just want to know.
- Three things you would like to see in this game. Stories, themes, situations - anything. I just want to know what draws you to this idea.
Game Link: https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=251533.msg12434823#msg12434823Game Chat: https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=251534.0