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:

Cygnus said...

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?

Tim Shorts said...

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

Domino Writing said...

"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.

Anonymous said...

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

scrap princess said...

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

scrap princess said...

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.

Talysman said...

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...

Unknown said...

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...

mattgusta said...

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"

1d30 said...

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.

Bill said...

Judas Priest "Nightcrawler"

Anonymous said...

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