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    Default Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    Hey guys, I'm looking at running a game in the future where all of the players have suffered memory loss. They will be given a blank character sheet with no stats and no skills.

    Problem is I don't know which genre to base the game in. I have considered fantasy, modern and sci fi settings. So what I want to know is your suggestion of game that would be easiest to accomplish this.

    Between myself and my group of friends who DM I have access to just over 100 games and versions of said games.

    I have so far considered d&d 3.5/5th or warhammer fantasy 2nd ed for fantasy, James Bond or d20 for modern and starship troopers or stars without number for sci fi.

    Also what warhammer fantasy edition can be used alongside the dark heresy games?

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    Default Re: Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    Have you considered something superhero or cyberpunky? Cyberpunk in particular enables a lot of intetesting stories around amnesia.
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    Default Re: Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    I think a better question is to ask: what kind of story do you want to tell with this? That will inform system/genre. What is the cause of the memory loss? How do you want them to be recovering it, if at all? If not at all, what will they learn about their pasts and how? You need more than "a party of amnesiacs" to base a game on, and you might be asking us for help with that, but if so, please specify. I don't want to start making suggestions that trample on your ideas and don't help. But if you have ideas, then those will inform genre.

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    Default Re: Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randuir View Post
    Have you considered something superhero or cyberpunky? Cyberpunk in particular enables a lot of intetesting stories around amnesia.
    That depends on the game, shadowrun is a nope as we are playing that at the moment but anything else is fair game if I can get the books.

    Quote Originally Posted by Segev View Post
    I think a better question is to ask: what kind of story do you want to tell with this? That will inform system/genre. What is the cause of the memory loss? How do you want them to be recovering it, if at all? If not at all, what will they learn about their pasts and how? You need more than "a party of amnesiacs" to base a game on, and you might be asking us for help with that, but if so, please specify. I don't want to start making suggestions that trample on your ideas and don't help. But if you have ideas, then those will inform genre.
    The cause of the memory loss will depend upon the game, fantasy setting might be a wizard causing it, modern could be (using bond as an example) an evil villain released a nerve agent or something similar, the 2 sci-fi options are psycher caused.

    The recovery will be the main story which will be hidden by side missions and sub plots.

    Basically I have several ideas based around the games I mentioned above but I can't narrow down which to play, so I have opened it up to everyone here to help me narrow it down to at least a genre. This is my problem when I get a rough idea that could fit half my collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathwolf669 View Post
    That depends on the game, shadowrun is a nope as we are playing that at the moment but anything else is fair game if I can get the books.



    The cause of the memory loss will depend upon the game, fantasy setting might be a wizard causing it, modern could be (using bond as an example) an evil villain released a nerve agent or something similar, the 2 sci-fi options are psycher caused.

    The recovery will be the main story which will be hidden by side missions and sub plots.

    Basically I have several ideas based around the games I mentioned above but I can't narrow down which to play, so I have opened it up to everyone here to help me narrow it down to at least a genre. This is my problem when I get a rough idea that could fit half my collection.
    For your game-setting decisions, you should discuss it with your players. Find out what kind of game they'd like to play that in. Because the people here aren't (for the most part, at least) the ones in your game, and will have different preferences.

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    Default Re: Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    I suggest a background with cloning, because I think that they are renegade clones. Perhaps someday they will meet the originals, who do have their memories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay R View Post
    I suggest a background with cloning, because I think that they are renegade clones. Perhaps someday they will meet the originals, who do have their memories.
    Now this might be a useful plot for at least one of them :)

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    Default Re: Excuse me kind sir, have you seen my memory.

    Starfinder can run some cyberfantasy games nicely. There is even a specific device that can be used to edit a character's memory; it's primarily used as an in-universe justification for retraining, but you could use it to give a character amnesia too. As with Pathfinder, the rules for Starfinder are available free online in its SRD.


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