Actually, here is a terrible idea, a blog about gaming. It is run by people that I should know (and probably do, with all the different ways to meet people without actually physically meeting them that you used to have to do back in, oh, the 1980s to actually meet people). There are a few things that motivated me to start working, and Duane’s a terrible grant is one of them.
The grant is simple. Duane will award one copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, which comes fully loaded with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver, to a game designer. Duane will be giving a copy of the suite to a game designer who “needs this grant to bring their newest game, and many subsequent projects, to fruition.”
This got me to thinking–what would I want to do, if I were going for that grant? There are two similar games I would not mind creating, both are based off of existing properties. Both properties are games that have always had an element of roleplaying to them, yet are not roleplaying games: Car Wars and Crimson Skies. While Car Wars is basically autodeullists battling raiders (and each other) on the streets of an America that fell apart, Crimson Skies is pulp action with aeronauts battling raiders (and each other) in the sky over an America that fell apart. Where one is The Road Warrior, the other is Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.