Ahhh the News. Second only to the mighty Wikipedia when it comes to being the Best RPG Supplement ever. There’s usually at least one story from the News Channels which would make a great kick-off point for a role-playing scenario. Today the ever-loving BBC has provided us with not one, but three!
In “Viking hoard reveals its story” we have one awesome photo of a real honest-to-betsy Treasure Parcel tied up with a story of the first King of all Britain, fleeing monarchy and the shifting fortunes of religion. C’mon – what GM couldn’t make a scenario out of that?!
Then there’s “King’s letter reveals epic voyage” which discloses a previously unknown merchant-explorer of the New World, William Weston, from 1499. The article includes this snippet:
This never happened and the letter might have been lost forever had it not been for a bizarre request by Dr Ruddock in her will to destroy all of her research notes.
I smell Cthulhu mythos at the turn of the century and mysteries about the founding of America best left untold! Oh yeah.
Finally, there’s “Australia discovers new dinosaur” – and who doesn’t love a new dinosaur story. Best of all, it features dinos called Matilda, Clancy, Banjo and Zac thereby proving that Aussie Archaeologists all graduated from the Walt Disney School of Archeology. And more power them!
So, I throw open the floor; which of those three news stories could you pick up and run with as a GM. And what would you do? Bonus points will be awarded for linking all three together………..