The idea for this post came from the article Six People I Want to Play Dungeons & Dragons With, by Sean at Power Score. In the spirit of creating a dream RPG group, I do not include any of my current Players, great as they are. Instead, let us imagine I could choose anyone in the world.
Dream GM, Robin D Laws
If this is to be my dream RPG group, then I should be able to choose the rules system. This means my beloved HeroQuest. Much as I adore running HeroQuest, I would love the chance to play in a game too. Having chosen the rules, I now need a GM. There is really no contest here, it would have to be Robin D Laws, the designer of HeroQuest. The chance to play in a game run by the designer of the system ought to be a rules master class.
I would be fascinated to see how Robin paced the game, as the suggested rhythm of HeroQuest mirrors his great work on storytelling: Hamlets Hit Points. As this Dream HeroQuest would be a one-shot, then the setting would not matter. It would be enough to play in the group and experience the HeroQuest rules run by the designer.
So, with the GM chosen, it is time to look at the Players for this Dream HeroQuest. The “rules” of the post give me six choices in total, one of which is the GM. Thus, I must select five Players to join me on a Dream HeroQuest of Unknown Kadath, as run by Robin D. Laws.
The first choice is Wil Wheaton actor, writer and all-round uber-geek. Wil is best known for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but he was also great as Gordie Lachance in the earlier Stand By Me. Currently, he appears in the awesome Big Bang Theory and spreads board games to wider audiences with his Tabletop web-series. Wil ticks all the boxes for the sort of Player I want. Not only would it be helpful to have at least one more roleplayer in the group, but he seems a cool guy to hang out with.
While Wil is something of a Jack-of-all-Trades, I fill the remaining slots of my DreamQuest with a pair of writers and a pair of actors. The first of the writers is geek-favourite Neil Gaiman. Personal highlights of Neil’s work include the Sandman and Stardust comics, along with the brilliant Neverwhere television series. Once again, Neil is an obvious choice to create an awesome story at the table. His writing is dripping with imaginative storytelling. I am certain Neil would take our game to interesting places.
Writer choice number two is CJ Cherryh, my favourite author. Her Alliance-Union universe novels are a brilliant portrayal of hard SF, with a compelling setting and powerful characters. I adore these books, just part of the 60+ books she has written. If Neil is at the table to drive the story, then I would watch CJ for her characterization and motivations. Not that there is anything wrong with her stories, but I would be fascinated to meet one of her characters at the table.
Speaking of characters, the pair of actors excel in this area. First actor choice is the multi-talented Emma Thompson, the rare recipient of an acting and a writing Oscar. Emma has appeared in many films, but my favourite performances are in Much Ado About Nothing, Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility, the latter she also scripted. Emma is such a brilliant actor, it would be a dream to watch her bring a character to life at the table. As she is also a writer, then I am sure she would excel at improvisation.
My final choice for the Dream HeroQuest is another multi-talented actor, Viggo Mortenson. He is a superb actor as well as a talented poet, painter and photographer. Viggo came to prominence as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, but beyond that, he is a man of many talents. From watching the extras on The Lord of the Rings films, I have a sense of Viggo’s intensity and focus. While not expecting a reprieve of Aragorn at the table, I would hope to see a character of similar intensity and drive.
So there we are my six choices for a Dream HeroQuest game. How awesome would this game be? These were not easy choices, and I am sure I could write several more of this style of post, each with a different focus. Who would you choose to game with? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The Updated series of posts are articles taken from my archives, given a fresh edit and generally rewritten in light of my current GM style. I doubt I can update every post on the blog, but I am pleased to give a least a few of my essays a new lease of life.
To save memory space, I plan to remove the old version and re-direct links to the updated essay. If you spot a broken link, then I would appreciate a quick email notifying me of the problem.
- The Updated version of this essay previously appeared several weeks ago at Ennead Games.
- The previous Updated essay was More Player Brainstorming
- The next Updated essay was Interlocking Leadership Motivations