Okay. So. We've had a few things happen in this forum since its inception.
The first BIG THING was the Inaugural (and only) Graphic Violence Superhero Tournament. It featured sixty-four superheroes thrown into round after round of theoretical bullshit, and the title was eventually claimed by Thor. I ran it under the alias Son of Beyonder, and it was a pretty big success from a participation standpoint. It's currently the only event I ever finished in here.
Kuribo's Shoe followed with a villain tournament. I can't remember who won, and although Dr. Doom seems like an obvious result, I don't remember if he actually won, I don't think that's what happened. It also reached its conclusion, but perhaps suffered from taking place so soon after the first tournament.
There was a brief respite from forum events for a while. Other ideas were posed, such as "team battles," but following the intense nerdity that radiated from the first two tournaments, I wanted to move away from straight up tournaments.
This led to a more traditional forum battle. Participants split into groups, chose a character, and were placed into a bracket where each team created a comic where their characters dueled under specific circumstances. Despite strong entries from those that bothered to participate, it fizzled out. Part of this was due to a great number of no-shows in the first round. Part of it was because my plans for the tournament were far
too ambitious. Either way, it never got into the second round, and I'll take full responsibility for it.
At the end of 2007, I decided to take a crack at emulating other forums and attempted to create the "Graphic Violence Awards." Unfortunately, I aimed way too high, and ran into a number of scheduling conflicts, and it never got past the nomination stage, largely because I had no idea how to set up voting for the multitude of categories I'd set up.
There is a pattern here that I'd like to reverse. The first two tournaments, as nerd-ragey as they got, were some of the most viewed threads on the boards for a while, meaning people from other subforums were here and talking, and the number of people who posted in Graphic Violence swelled and all kinds of other good stuff. Previous attempts to recapture this have...failed, mostly because of my own incompetence.
What I want to do with this thread is to take nominations for a new thing to happen here. I have a few ideas that I'll post in the thread, but I'd like to get some input from everyone here as well. Once I get a bunch of ideas and an idea of how popular they are, I'll post a poll, and we'll move on from there.
The tentative plan is for me to run whatever it is, and I know that's not going to inspire a lot of confidence given my track record. If someone else wants to step up and run something I am 100% okay with this!
So go ahead and brainstorm. Here's hoping we can come up with something that works!
I have a thought, a Superhero/villain creation tournament. Forumers submit ideas, powers, appearance, background, and there is a voteoff to see which is the best that GV can come up with.
shit man I started this post five minutes ago
An option I had was running a comics-themed mafia/phalla game here. But I do think this idea is way better, so I'm more than willing to shelve it.
Why not both? I have no idea what a "Mafia/phalla game" is, but I'm all about more comic book games .
The downside is that it doesn't seem like there's more than half a dozen regular posters here that would be up for the art aspect of it.
that's kind of the main point of doing a big thing
Reading over the previously pitched idea, I could see it working out as a project where people were given vague guidelines for creating a character (pulp-detective-with-a-supernatural-twist, cold-war-reincarnation-of-mythological-hero, etc.) along with a sketch and a one-to-two paragraph pitch.
If we could get some of the art guys to pump out a 1-2 page comic of the character from each challenge's winner. There'd be a series of challenges, a different artist doing the reward for each challenge to keep it from bogging any of them down.
Each challenge'd be up for like a week or so, and you could keep em going as long as you could bring in the artists for the reward pages.
also, in case there's anyone unfamiliar with it, here are the CBR activities I was talking about earlier:
CBRunway, fashion-oriented character/costume designing tournament. in the second post, it has a link to all of this year's entries as well as links to the last 3 years' worth.
Draw Team Africa, open-ended designing of African-themed heroes. entries start showing up a few pages in, it's taken an odd twist lately with some dude penciling doing some fan-art stories of the characters.
and Draw Europe, the same thing but with European nations.
Or hell, maybe everybody gets to draft seven characters from the Big 2 and then write a pitch for a team book that involved them. Wait, we had that thread didn't we?
that was fuckin awesome!
just learn some lessons and restrain and balance the heroes. give them other fighting areas as well.
Either that or Redesign/Reimagine an already existing hero/villain. It could be like Graphic Violence's own Ultimate universe... except with less Loeb.
honestly, if it's comic themed it's not the biggest deal
nobody is preventing you from looking at a thread
they've taken place in SE occasionally and D&D more than occasionally
if there would be phallas here they'd be very infrequent, and comics themed
I still don't get it. Is it some pen and paper thing?
Normally it's called Mafia or Werewolf, I have no idea where the name Phalla comes from.
And Secret Invasion would be so perfect as a theme for a comics based game.
the mod wanted a name for the village where the game took place, the forumer suggested Phalla, and bam!
Hi. Yeah I plan on running a marvel themed phalla over in CF but hey I joined this entire wacky forum for the supervillain tournament and this was the first place I ever posted. With all of that in mind if you guys would be into that sort of thing i'd gladly relocate the game this way and with a bit of help i'm sure we could think up an excellent theme.
I was going to do some sort of secret invasion beyonder tournament mash up but i'm certainly not the best writer. To be honest a seasonal phalla in this forum would be nice.
Marvel. DC. Independent. Mixed
Anyone else interested in that sort of thing?
So with these Phalla games (lolz penis dickerdoodles), a group of people will write posts with hidden meanings in them or something and we try to put the pieces together? Is there any motive for them doing this talking, to derail threads or something?
We could all be battling for the cowl with our detective skills!
No the Phalla would be it's own thread, people would sign up to participate, and whoever is running the game would privately message each player to give them thier role, games usually last about a week, and at the end of each day there are usually special actions, votes, etc that eliminate players from the game and reveal more information to the players.
In the most simplistic games, the majority of the players would have the objective of discovering whoever the "bad guys" are among them, while the bad guys try to kill off all the good players while keeping themselves alive.
Anyway. The goal of the village as a team each night is to vote out one player who they suspect of being a bad person by majority consensus. Sometimes neat things come into play like who to give a special item to or some other decision to be made by the group that impacts the game. The majority of the talking in the game is about what to do with these things and what motivations may exist or why person A is definitely a bad guy.
As for the good folk these are typical roles
Seer - Someone who can discern another persons role, alliance, ability, or objective
Vigilante - Someone who gets to kill or damage someone each night
Guardian - Protects from a kill or damage
Bus Driver - Can cause actions to reverse targets
Mason - Linked with another character
Things can become much more complicated by the superhero world is pretty much ripe for this sort of thing. All actions are secretive unless you choose to state them in public and it all goes through the game host. So everyone signs up. Roles go out at random. You could get Sentry or you could get Dazzler or maybe Constrictor.
People will form loose alliances and start planning to achieve their goal and teams will form which will then work to combat one another. For example Xavier might start actively looking out for people. Find Colossus who can guard him and then make a public call for his X-men to contact him during the game while Colossus has a guard on him protecting him from Mr Sinister's attempt to kill him or something like that.
1) Create a hero contests
2) Phalla/Mafia with a superhero theme
honestly, both of those could happen concurrently, if we make the create a hero thing a weekly or monthly contest
I'm going to leave this open until wednesday, because I know the forums aren't as busy over a holiday weekend, and then I'll put up a poll