While I have just signed-up for this site, Lovecraft's stories are not new to me. I have read many of his books (rather, published collection of his tales) and greatly enjoyed the few games currently out that are set in his universe. But something crossed my mind...there are no *real* RPG's set in the world he created! I've thought about it and have decided to fix that. I have some (well, I took computer programming for four years in highschool) experience with game creation and alot of willpower to use it. I aim to creat a semi-open-world RPG set in the Miskatonic County Lovecraft set many of his tales. Currently, there will not be a *central* plotline, instead I will focus on having numerous questlines scattered through-out the world. Each of these qestlines will carry the potential to affect te gameworld at large (from influencial families denying you access to their store, to entire towns being wiped away). Random encounters will also play an important role.
My current plan of attack is to reread the book "Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction" (published by Barnes & Noble), then move on the the 6th edition of the Call of Cathulhu game manual. I already have a good idea of how I'm going to make the game, but I still wish the review the manual incase I missed something important.
There is, however, one key decision I have yet to make; 2D, or 3D. A 2D game in a similar manner to the original FF games with a dialogue system like the firts Fallout, or a 3D First-Person game. Both choices carry their pro's and con's; 2D will not be as visally pleasing (IMO) and it will be harder to create impressive location (vast canions, enormous towers, etc), but the game will have more in it and be much easier to make overall. The reverse is true for 3D.
Whle I can program a game and setup a proper GUI, I can't create models at all (lack of imagination or patients). Placeholders can be used, but if anyone coud offer their assistance, I would be much obliged. The point of this post is to see the general interest in such a game. All the content from the board game (creatures, weapons, proffestions, stats, etc.) will be present and the locations will be based off the maps included in the expansions (or supplaments). Multiplayer may even be possible.
Any comments will be great! I really need some feedback as to weather this is an idea people can get behind. In essence, it is the board game turned into a video game with a great many quests and pre-included adventures (many more will be added with each update). ALL FOR NON PROFIT/NON COMMERCIAL USE! (needed to put that to avoid any legal problems)
I posted this here as it is intended to be a DIRECT "port" of the boardgame, not just set in the same world. I interpreted the other category for games to be for ones only set in the same world, whereas this is to be the exact same (strickly following the rule book and info in the Mytho's)