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« on: April 30, 2010, 06:53:52 PM »

Just a little something... A one or two-player game about getting along with and playing in a band.

Rockin' Heroes


Tik-Tok

"Tonight, I'mma fight
'Til we see the sunlight
Tick tock on the clock
But the party don't stop, no"
-Ke$ha, Tik-Tok


Character Creation
Step 1: Choose an Instrument

Instruments


Guitar/Bass

Drums

Keyboard

Vocals


Step 2: Choose a Persona

* Note on Character Creation and Subsequent Play: Play Points are usually awarded for adhering to your Persona. You lose Image Points when you do an action that does not conform to your persona. Therefore, choose carefully when adopting a Persona, the persona defines who you are.

Personas



Affable (Girl/Boy Next-Door)
LvL 1- No S/he Didn't - You do something shocking, and get your fans in a tizzy. Your band members like what they see.
+10 Mojo
+5 Star Power


Emo
LvL 1- Feel Sorry for ME! - Someone screws up, and you start crying. No one wants the band's image to look like that, so they all play better.
+30 Jazz
-10 Star Power
may be split proportionately w/reductions over 3 times/concert

LvL 2- Cut My Life Into Pieces - Someone tries to kill themselves because they are inspired by your music's haunting vocals and melancholy tone. This leads to bad press... but almost any press is good press.
-20 Image
+10 Management
+10 Star Power
+4 PlayPoints


Giggly
LvL 1- PowerPuff PlayPoint - You're like, OMG, so FUN! Everyone wants to sing along with you, OMG!
+5 Star Power once/concert.
+5 Mojo
+2 PlayPoints

LvL 2- If You Wanna Be My Lover - Sexy Music Video threatens your wholesome image, but dang does it draw fans like Hugh Hefner at his Playboy mansion.
-10 Image
- 5 Mojo
+10 Star Power once/concert
+6 PlayPoints
+10 Management

Grim
LvL 1- This is Halloween - Eat the souls of your audience... metaphorically.
+10 Star Power once/concert.
+2 PlayPoints

Quirky
LvL 1- Purple Polka Dot Leotard! - You're so Glam and unpredictable your audiences are always excited to see what you show up doing and the new styles that you are setting.
+5 Management till next use
+5 Mojo

Rock Starrr
LvL 1- Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em - Brilliant Performance Maestro
+5 Star Power
+5 Management Till Next Use.


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Step 3: Pick Skills

Skills

Skills:

IMAG Image - How respectable are you?
JAZZ Jazz - How well do you play?
MGMT Management - Can you get the gigs and keep the cash?
MOJO Mojo - How well do you get along with band members?
STAR Star Power (Glitter/Shimmer/Metal/Glam) - Can you win the crowd over?


Step 4: Pick PlayPoints (usable once, then disappear) start with 10 playpoints at beginning of game.

PlayPoints


New Hairstyle - cost 2 (+1 STAR, +1 MOJO)
Good Guitar Strings - cost 5  (+5 JAZZ)
B!tchin' Solo - cost 2 (+1 Jazz, +1 STAR)


Step 5: Inventory

Inventory


Designer Axe
Power Once/Concert- Pure Harmony (+3 MOJO)
Cost 50 FANS

"Axe" +1
Power Once/Concert- Pump It Up (+5 STAR)
Cost 100 FANS



A word on FANS
-Gain Fans with increase in Image and Management.
-Fans are used to purchase Inventory.

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Resolution Rolls
1. To get to A Concert.
---Band Practice (Mojo DC v. Event Cards [eg: Drunken band members, eg: Band members angry at each other, eg: Band member arrested and in jail)
---Inventing a new song (Jazz+Mojo determines how good it will be).
---Booking the gig (Mgmt DC v. Event Cards [eg: Big band playing next door-- can you get in as opening act?]

2. Win Over the Fans
--- Start with 100 in crowd. D100 roll determines amount favorably inclined v. unfavorably.
--- 1 hour gig = 4 checks of d20. for Jazz+Glitter to win over fans (Start with 0; favorably inclined only need DC 15 check; after that DC 22 required to win over unfavorably.)
[Amount of checks rise with rise in number of fans possibly, can gain extra PlayPoints for good in-game descriptions to combat inevitable difficulty rises as the length of check after check after check goes on.]
--- Level up (no cash in this game, just skills and playpoints) with PlayPoints!

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Adventures:
-Recording CDs
-Playing Concerts
-Battle of the Bands

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Inspiration
-Rock Band, Guitar Hero
-That Polyhedron Rock Band game (never read it, but the fact that it exists inspired me)
-This is Spinal Tap!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:07 PM »

Just a little tiddly-wink game placeholder.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:12 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:24 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:34 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 07:33:44 PM »

This looks good so far. Are you planning on developing the system further?
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 07:45:29 PM »

I am not sure. But I have the placeholders in case I decide.
I think it may be playable as-is right now.

I might add a few more Powers for the personas.

Feel free to make up your own powers based on actual musicians/music/songs.

Thank you for the encouragement.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 08:24:56 PM »

Some ideas that might fit in here:

Controlling Sonic Chaos; Maybe it's the excitement, maybe boredom, or maybe it was that funny little tab that one guy gave you before the show, but you have the urge to do something completely new this time. You'll improvise one song to the point of near incomprehensibility, highlighting the show, and polarizing crowd reactions. Inspirations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4Cr7kxjSBs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaA-u9fmnGY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03YUgHAshSo
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 08:37:11 PM »

The third link didn't quite work, but that's a pretty neat idea. Thanks for the illustrations.

Maybe we could put that idea in another category of things:

Actions to take when starting a playlist set.

Keep it Real - Standard Playset
Keep it Old - Lots of Covers
Get it New - New Songs

and you can adjust the style based on audience reactions during the set.
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2010, 01:34:07 PM »

Looks fun! Here's a couple of thoughts:

Maybe a Retro character class? Maybe something like: Free Bird!: +5 Starpower, -5 mojo, +10 Jazz once a concert when you totally go solo, riding roughshod over all of your bandmates. There also needs to be a class with More Cowbell! as an ability.

What about the crunch for special instruments and sets?

Maybe a Metal stat? Kinda self explanatory.

Also, Grim and Giggly need different stat boosts.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2010, 09:58:12 PM »

For a little more inspiration, why not watch This Is Spinal Tap?
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2010, 09:57:33 PM »

Helix- Thank you for the ideas. I added some rudimentary discussion on instruments, purchaseable by spending Fans.

I also did some reworking of the base statistics- adding an IMAGE stat.

Added level 2 powers for EMO and for Giggly

Metal stat sort of folds under Star power.

I am not sure about the retro class, but I will consider it. I added a new Quirky class, however.

RF- Yes, I have seen that. I should add that to the Inspirations. Thank You.
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2010, 10:24:07 PM »

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Actions to take when starting a playlist set.

Keep it Real - Standard Playset
Keep it Old - Lots of Covers
Get it New - New Songs


Having been in The Producers, I mentally replace "Get it new" with "Keep it Gay."
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