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The Color out of Happytown--

I'm thinking this would be a charming game--either a complex board game (one with characters and a rule book that intimidates 15-year-olds) or maybe a silly beer-and-pretzels RPG.

The plot: This is Happytown. It's a cheerful place, where Bob the Ice Cream Man sells Jumbo Strawberry-Fudgaroos to the kids at Happytown Elementary, the benevolent CEO of Chipper Industries gives everyone two-week vacations in the summer, and every corner has a malt shop.

You play a villian. Obviously, you HATE Happytown (because you're mean). Your goal is to steal all the color from Happytown. You'll have to build a machine to do this, get an army of henchmen to do this, and avoid being thwarted by your villianous colleagues, Those Rotten Kids, and the Rainbow Rescue Force (a team of monomanaiacally color-focused, cheerful heroes).


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Jun. 20th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
I <3 You
Jun. 20th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Don't you just hate it when you think you've come up with an original idea, and then you find out someone beat you to it 20 years ago?

Jun. 20th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
No, see, that's the sort of thing that you, as a player of this game, are going to be taking a stand against. However, it may be that Happy Town is a (c)'d name...
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Jun. 20th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
It doesn't exist, just an idea I'm toying with...
Jun. 20th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
And the theme song can be the Rolling Stones Paint It Black ;?P
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Um, wasn't this a Care Bears episode?
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Probably, it's certainly in the genre :) I was thinking more Rainbow Bright...cute icon, BTW!
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
This has all the makings of a LARP.
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
...ooohh...that'd be perfect!
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Are the troops in readiness? Snapping Turks? Clowns? Anti-music Missile? The Dreadful Flying Glove? Splendid.

Actually... how about as a card game? Either two player (one player gets to be the Meanies, the other player gets to draw cards to protect Happytown), or with everyone as the villains, but each round you have to draw cards for what sort of obscenely happy, caring ragtag band of heros shows up to mess with your plans?
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
The last of those sounds like the best way to handle this (and yes, I was watching Yellow Submarine a couple days ago, but "I'm going to steal ALL THE COLOR out of HAPPYTOWN!!!" has been one of my favorite Stupid Villain lines for a good long time :) )
Jun. 20th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yellow Submarine is pretty much the best movie of all time, except for possibly Yojimbo. I mean, it works great as a happy-lovey-kids film, and it works great as a stoner film, and it's animated and musical and just kicks all kinds of ass.
Jun. 20th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can actually sit through it in one go, it's a little long and a little oddly paced.

Whines and I have been intermittantly reading a book that's the story of Yellow Submarine--why the Beatles didn't want to have anything to do with it, the strange background characters in the "Eleanor Rigby," and the art director having one eye, which may have affected the film's weird two-dimensionality...
Jun. 20th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I really like the buddy-roadtrip part. Hey! Weird creatures and weird places! You know... I was just saying that's why I like D&D, earlier today. Anyway, I think the film gets weird pacing wise after they get to Pepperland. I kinda like that they don't just have one epic battle in which evil is forever banished, but it does mean I agree with you, it's sort of weirdly paced there.

So why didn't the Beatles like it? It sounds like the sort of thing Ringo would have loved.
Jun. 20th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
A couple of reasons. One, it was the last of their contractually obligated films (I think they had to make four of them), and this was when the band was starting to follow their individual pursuits and it was hard to get them all in one place. Two, it was produced by King Productions, which made the absolutely craptastic Beatles American cartoon show, and they expected it to be just that terrible. So they refused to voice it, threw in four songs they didn't like ("Just Another Northern Song" was made for the film--chech the lyrics, they swim with "we don't give a rat's ass about this".) Every time they made a song they didn't like, they said, "That's good enough for Yellow Submarine."

Eventually, they saw that they were missing out on a really amazing, avante-garde film that was going to possibly outlast the stuff they actually performed in, but then it was too late to involve themselves without seeming like darn hypocrites, so they just sat back and gave it their blessing and didn't meddle too much.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
I like the card game (PCs as villains).

You've got to make this game so I can play it!

There will be cackling! And eeevil! And more cackling!

Just be sure to make the rules simple enough to play when A) drunk, or B) laughing your head off and snorting your Dr. Pepper out of your nose.
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