Every once in a while I come across something in fiction that just jumps out at me as being perfect for role playing. Sometimes it’s just an idea that would turn into a great game, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Supernatural. Every once in a while, you come across something that looks so much like a role playing game that you wonder if the activities taking place have happened before, around a gaming table accompanied by the noise of clattering dice. The one that springs most obviously to mind here is the first book in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence – The Lies of Locke Lamora – by Scott Lynch. The protagonists of said story are a group of con-men and thieves with such a wide array of skills that they really do look as if they are the product of an evening’s work of half a dozen gamers trying to come up with a crock squad of rogues to steal all the money ever.
Another that caught my attention a couple of years back was the often underrated horror flick, Outpost. (If you want to know just how much I like it, it gets a hell of talk up in the first episode of the podcast I co-host.) True, it’s a bit more gun-ho than you’d expect a movie inspired by a gaming group to be, but the make of the group of ex-soldiers turned mercenaries looks a bit too well thought out to me. Exactly the kind of group that a bunch of players would bring together for just such a mission. What struck me about the film you’re about to see the trailers for is that it’s an idea created by a GM. maybe not a great GM, as the main goal seems to be to kill all of his players off one by one in a variety of gruesome ways, but it still struck me as such a role playing friendly set up, that it might very well be inspired by a game.
Take a look below, and see if you agree – you may not, but I hope you still enjoy the trailers. For me, I really like the look of this, and think that Outpost 3 now has a lot to live up to. First we have a lovely atmospheric teaser trailer…
Followed by a much more visceral full trailer. Be warned though, this is a red ban trailer, and probably best avoided by the faint of heart.