Friday, November 30, 2012

Adventures Based on Song Lyrics

Here's an idea---write up a weirdass adventure based on the lyrics of a song.  Include as many elements of the song into the adventure as you can, no matter what sort of acid trip type adventure it turns out to be.  Hang it all together however you want.  Have it make as much sense as you want it to.  Easy example:  Hotel California by the Eagles is just begging to be detailed.  Any ideas on songs that could make an interesting adventure?

12 comments:

  1. I was mightily inspired by the Who's "Athena" when writing this last September (but threw in some Heinlein for flavor).

    And I'm assuming you've seen these?

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  2. When I read your title the first song I thought of was Hotel California.

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  3. "2112" or any early Rush... or any prog-rock at all, really. But give the narrator of 2112 a few traveling companions and you have a roleplaying campaign, beginning to end, written on one side of an album.

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  4. I wrote a compaign arc using the lyrics from a couple of different Iron Maiden songs. Worked out pretty well.

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  5. not to touch the earth by the doors
    Not to touch the earth
    Not to see the sun
    Nothing left to do, but
    Run, run, run
    Let's run
    Let's run

    House upon the hill
    Moon is lying still
    Shadows of the trees
    Witnessing the wild breeze
    C'mon baby run with me
    Let's run

    Run with me
    Run with me
    Run with me
    Let's run

    The mansion is warm, at the top of the hill
    Rich are the rooms and the comforts there
    Red are the arms of luxuriant chairs
    And you won't know a thing till you get inside

    Dead president's corpse in the driver's car
    The engine runs on glue and tar
    Come on along, not goin' very far
    To the East to meet the Czar

    Run with me
    Run with me
    Run with me
    Let's run

    Whoa!

    Some outlaws lived by the side of a lake
    The minister's daughter's in love with the snake
    Who lives in a well by the side of the road
    Wake up, girl, we're almost home

    Ya, c'mon!

    We should see the gates by mornin'
    We should be inside the evenin'

    Sun, sun, sun
    Burn, burn, burn
    Soon, soon, soon
    Moon, moon, moon
    I will get you
    Soon!
    Soon!
    Soon!

    I am the Lizard King
    I can do anything

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  6. and Ladytron's soft power

    Broken glass is luxury;
    Friendly fires are alchemy;
    Daylight is the enemy;
    Witching hour, soft power

    We're not sleeping at the wheel.
    The wheel is turning the machine
    that kills for us.

    Close your eyes, so you're not seen
    in Valentine's daydream.

    We're not sleeping at the wheel
    The wheel is turning the machine
    that kills for us.

    The arrogance of the forest
    Setting fire to the tourists

    We're not sleeping at the wheel
    The wheel is turning the machine
    that kills for us.

    Broken glass is luxury;
    Friendly fires are alchemy;
    Daylight is the enemy;
    Witching hour, soft power.

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  7. There are a lot of Jethro Tull songs that would be usable, ranging from straight-up barbarian fantasy in "Broadsword" through the weird animals of "Bungle in the Jungle". But "Passion Play" tops them all with tons of intricate, weird fantasy and a very strange cosmology. Dogs howling in madness, leatherbound men escorting ghosts along the beach, polite spiders seeking to feast on the corpses of prisoners in dark cells, an icy Lucifer who absent-mindedly bestows benefits and curses on humanity as an accidental side effect of his activities...

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  8. You could have whole campaigns based on classic concept albums.
    I was wondering if I could do an old Genesis "Lamb Lies Down" game/campaign. Prog rock is what you need for fantasy games, I think. Not sure for other genres...

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  9. The Sound of Silence: Night-time visitations, abandoned city streets, sinister anonymous crowds, artificial gods.

    "And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon god they made"

    Frank Sinatra by Cake.

    "We know of an ancient radiation
    That haunts dismembered constellations"

    "Beyond the suns that guard this roof
    Beyond your flowers of flaming truths"

    "An old man sits collecting stamps
    In a room all filled with Chinese lamps
    He saves what others throw away
    He says that he'll be rich someday"

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  10. Definitely thought of Hotel California when I read the title; I actually ran an off-the-cuff adventure based on the song when the players hit a monastery and I had nothing written down for it.

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  11. Judas Priest "Nightcrawler"

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  12. Now when I die, and don't think I'm a nut, don't want no fancy funeral, just one like ol' King Tut.

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