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NPCs and plot hooks from your favorite TV show.

cartoon_tv_lampI’m fascinated about the creativity and productivity shown by fellow bloggers that I read on a regular basis.  My own creative spark works best when I’m riffing on someone else’s bright idea.  So, when Uncle Bear recently posted about being inspired by one of my favorite shows, Ghost Hunters that got my brain working.  This team of average people (the lead guys are plumbers for Roto Rooter) investigate the paranormal by looking to disprove the evidence.  Uncle Bear did a bang up job of deconstructing this show for mining as NPCs.

This got me thinking, what other shows could be mined for NPCs or plot hooks?

Drama shows are easy, especially if you’re playing a game around the setting of the drama or wanting to incorporate that setting into your current game.  Need a doctor? stat out House or Private Practice.  Need a lawyer? stat out Boston Legal.  Need a cop/law enforcement? stat out The Shield or any one of the CSI shows.

Comedies are good fodder as well.  If you’re in need of a bumbling repairman who thinks he’s better than everyone else at fixing things, stat out Tim “the Toolman” Taylor from Home Improvement.

Reality shows can provide good plot hooks.  Dancing with the Stars; your PCs have crashed the ball in search of clues for their quest and unless they can dance better than the society regulars there, they’ll be found out.  Survivor; an evil wizard has spirited the PCs off to an island along with the direct counter-parts to your PCs group.  Only by working together can the PCs escape but can they convince the other team to help or will your PCs sabotage their efforts.  Wife Swap; your PCs suddenly find their (insert class here) is suddenly switched out with a completely different character, how will they react?

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Savage World stats for Mike Rowe and Tim “The Toolman” Taylor

mike-rowe-dirty-jobsName: Mike Rowe Race: Human
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d10, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d6, Guts d8, Knowledge (Filthy Working Conditions) d10, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Repair d8, Streetwise d8, Survival d10, Throwing d6
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5;
Hindrances:  Code of Honor, Heroic, Overconfident
Edges: Jack-of-All-Trades, Charismatic, McGyver

tim-taylorName: Tim “The Toolman” Taylor Race: Human
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d8, Vigor d6
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d6, Guts d8, Knowledge (Tools) d10, Knowledge (Classic Automobiles) d10, Notice d6, Repair d4, Streetwise d8, Survival d10
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5;
Hindrances:  All Thumbs, Bad Luck, Clueless
Edges: Charismatic, McGyver

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May 6, 2009 - Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Gaming in the Universe of..., Other Systems, Plot Hooks from..., RPG, Savage Worlds | , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’ve mentioned before that I think Burn Notice should be required material for everyone who plays RPG’s.

    Comment by Helmsman | May 6, 2009

  2. […] Hibberd, James added an interesting post on NPCs and plot hooks from your favorite TV show. from Vulcan Stev’sHere’s a small excerpt…bright idea.  So, when Uncle Bear recently posted about being inspired by one of my favorite shows, Ghost Hunters that got my brain working… […]

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