So last Saturday I tried to be a GameMaster for the first time, and it went great.
The game was a one-shot using the system "It Came From The Late, Late Late Show", (a late eighties rpg about being an actor in cheap B-movies) with a small modification to motivate the players to "Act Apropriately Stupid", as the rules call it.
Following is a recount of funny events in the Surf/Horror movie, Invasion Of The Undead Scuba-Diving Zombies At Bikini Beach.
The Main Actors:
+ Todd Harmbringer, the Jerk Jock with the perfect mullet hair
+ Linus Mole, the stereotypical nerd (to the point that he even has suspenders on his swim trunks)
+ Amber, the cheerleader + Sammy "Fishy" Goldfish, the shifty, "social outcast"-ish character
+ After recieving the keys for their beach house, the General Store owner told them that the easiest way to get there would be to drive the south way around the island, as the north road would be choked by traffic. Fishys reaction was to drive north out of spite. I had to bribe him in game, to make a wrong turn, so the players would pass the old military base. + When the players found the body of the Caretaker (who also was the town drunk, and the GS owners brother) killed by unknown assailants, Fishys reaction was "When he gave us that cryptic warning half an hour ago, I stole some bottles of burbon from him, so we have to hide the body."
+ Much later, after the dramatic attack on the beach party and the subsequent escape, the group managed to convince the old, slightly crazy Commader of the Military (and the only soldier on the base) that this was an invasion, and he provided them with his most prized possession: his WW2 tank, lovingly maintained like a vintage car, and scrapping for a fight.
+ The conclusion came when Amber, standing on top of the tank, threw a grenade, which thanks to a perfect roll of the die, landed right at the shack at the local construction site, which was filled with dynamite. The explosion killed the rest of the Scuba-Zombies, saving them all.
My thoughts: While I like the concept of the system, allowing players to play the same character whether the story is a space opera or spaghetti western, the system is a bit heavy, with a character creation too depenpent on genre specific skills (What can I do with 'Spaceship' in a kung-fu flick?). It is a great idea for one-shots, but if it were published nowadays, it would work better with a system like FATE: Accelerated, if I understand the system correctly. @ello_dice_and_paper