The great movie aspect challenge

I’m stuck at home because my elevator is on service.  I guess I will blog instead of going to mass.

The RPG we are playing has this mechanic called aspects.  Seven short phrases that describe important characteristics about the character.  These are used in the game instead of attributes.  For instance if you want a really strong man instead of an strength attribute of 18 they would have the aspect “strong as a horse”.

On Friday, someone suggested that characters could be made using entirely quotes and taglines from a single movie or movie series.  Obviously it is pretty easy to create Indiana Jones using quotes from that series.  But can you create characters that aren’t just copies of the characters in the movie itself?

The challenge:  Choose and movie.  Using seven quotes or taglines from that movie create a character that doesn’t appear in the movie.  Genre doesn’t matter.  Whether the character would actually be a good one to play in a game doesn’t matter.

Here is my first try:

  • Name: Chef Hans
  • Movie: Casablanca
  • Template (optional):  Gourmet Chef
  • High Concept: The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen.
  • Trouble: The *winning* side would have paid you *much better*.
  • Background: Mostly I remember the last one. The wild finish. A guy standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face because his insides have been kicked out.
  • Rising Conflict: I’m only a poor corrupt official.
  • The Story: I don’t mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one.
  • Guest Starring 1: I never make plans that far ahead.
  • Guest Starring 2: Oh, he’s just like any other man, only more so.

Hans was a leading banker in Amsterdam.  When his bank started to use poor banking practices he turned whistleblower.  But it turned out badly.  He was implicated himself and forced out when the investigators were themselves bribed..  He moved to Canada and took a cooking certificate at NAIT.  He is cynical and sullen.  He sees corruption everywhere – from the head chef to the food inspectors to the restaurant owner.


5 thoughts on “The great movie aspect challenge

  1. Stef says:

    Name: Freddie the Cab Driver
    Movie: Top Gun
    Template: Cabby Interceptor
    High Concept: I feel the need – the need for speed.
    Trouble: Your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash.
    Background: I want to serve my country and be the best fighter pilot in the Navy, Sir!
    Rising Conflict: I said to Hollywood, “Where’d he go?” He says, “Where’d who go???”
    Guest Starring 1: Talk to me Goose.
    Guest Starring 2: She’s lost that loving feeling.

    Freddie is an owner-operator, high-stakes cabby serving unusual clients. With a rare gift for avoiding cops and mad skills, he’s the fastest way, mundane or otherwise, of getting around. Freddie always manages to find his destination as well as trouble and willing women. And for some reason he stays in business, despite the fact that he crashes and burns at least one car a month. Driven (heh) by his past and guided by a mysterious dispatcher-for-one, Freddie’s always there when you need a ride.

    • Name: Bob the Stormtrooper
      Movie: Star Wars
      Template: Little old Imperial Soldier
      High Concept: Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?
      Trouble: Your powers are weak, old man.
      Background: I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home,
      Rising Conflict: We’re doomed.
      Guest Starring 1: Where did you dig up that old fossil?
      Guest Starring 2: I’m not such a bad pilot myself.

  2. Dano says:

    Name: Bartleby the Con
    Movie: 12 Angry Men
    Template: Con-man
    High Concept: You ever heard of the soft sell?
    Trouble: Kids these days.
    Background: When I was a kid I used to call my father sir . . . SIR!
    Rising Conflict: No, I never sweat.
    The Story: The kid was pretty slick with a knife.
    Guest Starring 1: I think I understand this man better than anyone in this room.
    Guest Starring 2: I don’t know, it’s possible!

    Bartleby is one cool cucumber. He grew up under a repressive tyrant of a father and turned rebellious early. Now he is a smooth and slick con-man who makes his way in the world scamming the people around him. He is a master of the cold read and can play almost anyone in any situation without breaking a sweat. His life has taken an unexpected twist as he worries that his own son is going to end up too much like himself.

  3. Name: John “The Wrench” Flemming
    Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    Template: Getaway Car Driver
    High Concept: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    Trouble: A: You can never go too far. B: If I’m gonna get busted, it is *not* gonna be by a guy like *that*.
    Background: My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.
    Rising Conflict: Les jeux sont faits. Translation: the game is up. Your ass is mine.
    The Story: I’d like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn’t think he’s seen anything good today
    Guest Starring 1: We’ll drive home backwards.
    Guest Starring 2: Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

    The Wrench drives. He drives fast. He started with driving his Dad’s car. He pushes the limits. He taunts the police. He takes unessecary risks. He is one step ahead of the police and that is the way he likes it.

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