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VengerSatanis:

--- Quote from: SHARK on May 22, 2022, 03:43:09 PM ---Greetings!

Well, I was thinking about this recently. Do you run a total "GONZO" campaign? Do you strictly run a fantasy campaign? Or, alternatively, when running your fantasy campaign, do you also include "spices" of GONZO?

For myself, I tend to run a fairly strict fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Historical flavoured campaign, with very delicate and curated elements of "GONZO".

In my view, running a GONZO campaign necessarily embraces elements that weigh heavily against running a different style of campaign, so once the choice is made to go full-on GONZO, the commitment has been made, the die is cast, and you are kind of stuck with that as the campaign. Probably why I use GONZO elements very sparingly. *Laughing* However, I should also note that GONZO campaigns can be entirely awesome and fun! There are various elements of GONZO that I really love and enjoy.

What is your take on such campaigns and elements?

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

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An interesting parallel to RPG gonzo popped in my head as I read your post.  I've been watching the Monty Python documentary on Netflix that includes many clips of their Flying Circus tv show.  Last time I sat down to watch my DVD boxed set was probably about 5 years ago.


* You have more or less "straight comedy" which I liken to ordinary, non-gonzo fantasy.

* You have mostly "straight" comedy or fantasy with a singular element of gonzo.

* You have comedy mixed with gonzo, interwoven throughout.

* You have straight-up gonzo dominating the comedy or fantasy.


With each sketch and/or episode, the Monty Python gonzo varies considerably.  I feel like that can be achieved either with a series of one-shots or a campaign.  Although, a campaign should probably be a little more even.  One-shots are perfect for doing whatever seems right at the time.

Ok, let me know if that makes sense and feel free to riff off that or rip it apart, as you guys see fit.

VS


Rob Necronomicon:
Used little and not too often, and if used I personally like it more horror or surreal as opposed to comedy.

VengerSatanis:

--- Quote from: Rob Necronomicon on May 24, 2022, 01:26:01 PM ---Used little and not too often, and if used I personally like it more horror or surreal as opposed to comedy.

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The first example of horror/surrealism gonzo I can think of is The Twilight Zone.  Is that what you're imagining or something vastly different?

Rob Necronomicon:

--- Quote from: VengerSatanis on May 24, 2022, 01:29:47 PM ---
--- Quote from: Rob Necronomicon on May 24, 2022, 01:26:01 PM ---Used little and not too often, and if used I personally like it more horror or surreal as opposed to comedy.

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The first example of horror/surrealism gonzo I can think of is The Twilight Zone.  Is that what you're imagining or something vastly different?

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Yeah, man, or the early Outer Limits. Maybe mixed with some Cronenberg. :)

Chris24601:
My default level of gonzo is basically a mashup of Thundarr the Barbarian and the D&D cartoon with a dash of He-Man*, Thundercats* and Dragon’s Lair for spice.

* 80’s versions… though early 2000’s remakes are acceptable.

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