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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

[HIVE MIND PROBE] How Do You Handle Romance In Your Games?

The greatest thing, you'll ever learn,
Is just to love, and be loved in return
.


- Nature Boy, David Bowie (from Moulin Rouge OST)
Prompted by +Timothy Brannan's intriguing Blue Rose review, I have a question for my fellow gamers - how do you handle "romance" in your games?

I'm not talking about a quick bunk-up with a barmaid (a cliché of most teenagers' D&D games) but genuine courtship, marriage etc

Has such a scenario ever cropped up in your games or don't your campaigns run long enough to contemplate the need for love and heirs?

Has anyone been involved in a game - non-Pendragon or Blue Rose, anyway - where a player has gone the whole hog in his attempts to woo a maiden fair: cards, flowers, dancing, cinema dates, meals out etc?

Romance is a staple sub-plot of many comic books (Comic Book Resources has a list of the 15 most screwed-up relationships, if you need reminding) , but have you introduced it into a tabletop superhero campaign?

I know this is something that Aaron Allston advocated through 'blue-booking' in his legendary Strike Force campaign; is this how you would handle romance in your game, would the process be entirely role-played or would there be some mechanics and dice-rolling involved?

Is romance - either being player-characters or between a PC and an NPC - something you'd even think about or encourage as a gamesmaster or player?

Do characters date? Do their iPhones come with Tinder, Ashley Madison, Grindr etc installed?

Then, from romance, comes the question of children....

While the concept of a generational game is integral to Pendragon, do you think about it in other long-running campaigns?

In a contemporary game have your player-characters become parents and had to deal with daycare, nannies etc while they run off to fight crime? Or is this too close to the real life that they are escaping from in your games?

3 comments:

  1. I have such a romance in one of my Champions games. Considering the subject matter and that most times you are dealing with other men in your games, it is easier to 'Bluebook' the relationship where it become more of a narrative than roleplay which might make things awkward.

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  2. Carefully. Usually it does not come up with my current groups but it is something that requires a light touch and clear communication with all the involved parties.

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  3. I like my characters having romantic interests and my favourite character for the longest time is the song of my first D&D character. That being said, it tends to be light roleplay and lots of off stage stuff.

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