Inspiration where does it come from?
Inspiration, The Muse, that sudden flash of “Ah-ha”, where does it come from? Mine is hard to find. I’m amazed at the consistency that I can immediately see possibilities in the ideas created by others but have difficulty coming up with my own ideas. Dr. Checkmate came up with a RPG setting that combines elements of Robin Hood with your favorite post-apocalyptic settings. I immediately saw how I could rework some of my Car Wars material into this setting. But coming up with the original hook awes me. I could list a number of my on-line buddies who have come up with ‘orginal’ concepts or mash-ups that I could immediately see how to implement but I have difficulty arriving at the same flash of inspiration.
I marvel at the ability my Captain over at Starships of the Third Fleet has in coming up with new prologues every three months. I can immediately grasp how Stev will handle the proposed problem. I’ve written a number of Stev stories but haven’t been able to write a successful prologue as yet.
My GMing experience runs the same gamut. My gaming group wanted to run a Stargate game. I spent a lot of time working with Ron Fricke’s conversion of Stargate to Savage Worlds. The I picked up a copy Sean Preston’s RunePunk for Savage Worlds and have successfully used that as a major Stargate campaign. I’m doing something similar with the Serenity RPG and Slipstream.
My inspirational forte seems to be in seeing how I can best use the work of others to achieve what I want on my own. How about you?
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