#RPGaDay 2016 Day 23: An Under-represented Genre


Day 23: Identify an under-represented genre in RPGs
that you would like to see more of.

Today’s question, “share one of your best “Worst Luck” stories”, doesn’t work for me. Having only played a handful of times, I don’t have a plethora of experiences to draw from. I’m sure my players have a litany of them…

Anyway, considering my lack of a good answer I’ve turned to BrigadeCon.org for an alternate question —

I choose to identify an under-represented genre in RPGs — Gothic Romance.

Gothic romances were supernatural mysteries, heavy on atmosphere, and set against the backdrop of medieval ruins, haunted castles, and isolated manor houses.

If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around the idea, think Dark Shadows.

I think RPGs are at their best when there’s a mystery to be solved, thus the gothic romance is tailor-made to be explored at the gaming table. Exotic locations and eclectic, eccentric NPCs would abound.


It is easy to imagine a fog shrouded mansion on a jagged cliff overlooking a violent ocean, the waves crashing against razor sharp rocks far below. Somewhere, in the distance, a wolf howls mournfully as you and your companions search the tenebrous woods for a young governess gone missing, lost within the thick surrounding woodland.

Sign me up for some of that. My dice are eager to roll.


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