It's So Easy

Gaming, specifically Game Mastering, requires self-reflection. Yes, a bit of introspection is necessary if one hopes to continually improve the game.

I said this in How To Game Master Like A Fucking Boss because it happens to be true.

That's why I like to blog about my sessions. Here is the most recent session report right over here.

My latest struggle is to make the sleazier aspects of Alpha Blue feel... authentic, new, exciting, compelling, etc. What do you do when sex has lost its fun?

I'm reminded of one of my favorite Guns N' Roses songs, It's So Easy...

I see your sister in her Sunday dress
She's out to please
She pouts her best
She's out to take
No need to try
She's ready to make

It's so easy, easy
When everybody's tryin' to please me baby
It's so easy, easy
When everybody's tryin' to please me

When anything comes too easily, it becomes boring at best and worthless or even hateful at worst. The cliche "Familiarity breeds contempt" is right on the money.

That's a terrible thing to happen to Alpha Blue.

Alpha Blue is about immersion and escapism. There are lots of games that let you be a warrior or wizard fighting monsters, but how many let you live out fantasies of being a sleazy reptilian bounty hunter from Alpha Centauri looking to get laid? The answer is not that many!

The rest of the song strays into violence because even songs about easy sex become uninteresting fairly quickly. Car crashes, starting fights with people just standing there thinking they're so cool, resentment over available sex, and eventually fading into the night.

So, what to do about this existential crisis? Here are some ideas...

* Explicit? Go into more detail... blow by blow lovemaking via procedural rolls? Sure, there's already a random table for sexual positions, but maybe I should expand that?

* Exclusivity? Hand-wave the easy sex (while diminishing the mechanical benefits) while making non-easy sex more valuable, both mechanically and emotionally? In the real world, sex can be meaningful even when it's obtained without much effort. But that's due to a variety of things, like intimacy and satisfying primal urges.

* Forbidden? Go the opposite way, instead of the Alpha Blue space station being free love, it goes the way that the Federation wants - sex for anything but pro-creation is deemed unnatural and abhorrent.

* Downside? Should I explore the potential negative impact that acquiring sex can have? Slapped or drink thrown in face, pregnancy, STDs, social stigma for female lifeforms (slut-shaming), being seen as a "loser" if male lifeforms fail to pick-up a chick, failure to please one's partner, jealousy, relationship drama, etc?

Those are the main ideas I've come up with so far. Still working out the kinks... haha, pun intended.

Where is this all going to lead? Don't ask me where 'cause I don't know...

If you have any thoughts on the matter, please comment!


Authored by Venger Satanis


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