This is just an idea that hit me just a few minutes ago, when reading a discussion about the Batman universe as a setting for horror and using it rpg's, in this occasion, Unknown Armies.
I'm putting this in Games wanted because i'm more trying to sell this idea to someone than start the game outright.
There's a lot of weirdness and plain horror stuff in Gotham. Batman himself is fun because he can't handle everything. Forget about the heroism and play up how the whole place is a city of freaks. People done that idea and it worked, so i've read. Take a peek at what Joker does when he's not in the spotlight, see the dark secrets behind Arkham, just plain observe the life of an average citizen...
A lot of darkness and weirdness. Clowns, scarecrows, bandits. Beggars and billionaires. Psychos and prophets.
Oh, and remove all the signature characters. No Bat, no Joker. Let the players be new guys and face new guys. More scary that way.
Isn't it an interesting premise?
Now, i only allowed myself to take an Elliquiy point of view on this. If someone has other ideas, do share.
Who'd i'd be in Gotham? If i could? I'd be Catwoman. She's sexy as hell, as daring as the Bat himself, works outside the law but isn't a despicable villain, and she even gets tied up. Catwoman's great. (i know Catwoman from the cartoon. they said the movie was medicore)
But wouldn't it be to easy to just *be* Catwoman? Wasn't the idea that inspired me calling for no siganture heroes?
Catwoman wannabe. An average, if probably rich and smart girl that wants to do this stuff. Neither a blundering damsel to get caught by the first gangster, nor the real ass-kicking thing. She'll run into trouble, but only as much trouble as any other normal human being that messes with the bad stuff in Gotham. She'll have a normal life all right. She'll have a skin-tight suit and loads of gadgets. She'll have adventures she asked for.
More. Why not take this a step further and play a completely exotic idea. The old villans and heroes are gone and we play wannabes that want to be the new... Villans.
All with sexy perspective.