Friday, November 11, 2011

Using Netflix as a GM Aid

There are enough reality shows on nearly an niche of life available any more.  For example, I know absolutely nothing about boating, but after watching about a 100 hours of Deadliest Catch I can create something for my players with a touch of reality.  I've ready Moby Dick (yes, the whole thing and I didn't even have to) and into the Heart of Darkness and a couple of other water adventure literary stories, but I learned more by watching the TV shows. The other benefit is the vast cast of characters you can collect.

I've got something planned for a future game session and one of these shows is providing a nice bit of atmosphere.  For me, it helps me realize my space, the world I am trying to develop, in a three dimensional and all five senses.