Do I still need to put OOC on these things? It’s always clear right? I guess I should so people can skip them if they want. Or only read them maybe.
“Ah, the City. I will spread my buttery justice over your every nook and cranny.” – The Tick
I recently purchased an RPG called Henchmen from Canterbury Games Studio. It’s one of many cool games that I’ll probably never play. The idea, as you can probably guess, is that you’re the minions of a supervillain trying to survive and become elite mooks. For me it’s the right amount of tongue-in-cheek without being full on silly.
There’s a section about creating you city that I think can be helpful for writing and roleplaying both. The worldbuilding between the two isn’t exactly the same as I’ve very geniusly pointed out before but there’s a lot of overlap, my genius notwithstanding.
When I’m playing an RPG what really gets me engaged, especially in a modern or future setting, is a city that seems like a real place. It’s somewhat less important to me when I’m reading but it’s still always kind of a breaker when the story takes place somewhere that doesn’t seem like a real place.
Here’s there’s list of things you should come up with to populate your city, all credit given to Canterbury Games Studio mea culpa etc. It’s superhero focused of course, but I still think it’s a good way to get the ideas popping around.
• A nosy, meddling reporter for a local newspaper
• A special police division that deals with ‘supercrime’
• The detective who leads the ‘special task force’ that deals with ‘supercrime’
• A government agency with a sinister agenda
• The premier superteam in The City and their roster
• One ‘independent’ superhero who works the City
• Two Villains who work in The City
• A rival evil organization with an unknown agenda
• The heads of the three richest families in The City
• The mayor and chief of police – to give harried no comments to the news anchor
• A TV news anchor – for when the henchmen see their crimes on the news
• A famous rock/pop star, who is really ‘big’ in The City
• A famous industrialist
• Two ‘ordinary’ criminal gangs
• A no-questions-asked fleapit hotel
• A major hospital
• A university with an active research department
• A bank with extensive vaults
• Three facilities, like labs or factories, that work on advanced technology, experimental science or chemicals
• The docks and/or an airport where foreign material and individuals can enter or leave the city
• An infamous prison, holding facility or insane asylum
• A casino, either legitimate or illegitimate depending on the laws of the city
• The fanciest hotel in the city
• A slum with a sinister or ironic nickname where the police only go in force
• A bar or club where the lowlifes hang out
• A bar or club that only the elite can enter
• A public park or open space – good for covert meetings and public showdowns
• The known public headquarters of a superhero or superteam
• A district full of the mansions and houses of the elite
• A big public entertainment venue such a stadium or concert hall
• The City’s biggest shopping district
• The City’s financial district
• The headquarters of a major news organization
“So the guy says to me, ‘I don’t like the cut of your jib!’. And I tell him, ‘IT’S THE ONLY JIB I GOT, BABY!!'” –The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight
LikeLiked by 1 person
This is an awesome and helpful list. I’m glad to see the super city I developed for my Origin Universe… (novels? comic series? graphic novellas? short lived Amazon Prime superhero show?) …setting has a lot of these people and places filled out. Gotta love those tropes! Henchmen sounds like a cool RPG. I think I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing this!
LikeLiked by 1 person