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#1 Tarvius

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:00 AM

Theme Pool

Here is the official list of themes that we are likely to draw upon during the CBUB tournament. While the theme topics aren’t restricted to those listed here, this is nonetheless the listing for thematic ideas. From time to time, we will be adding themes to the listing so be on the look out. Having said that we encourage you to make suggestions that could potentially added to this listing. Keep in mind the themes should be encompassing a wide variety of prospective ideas. Something like a DBZ theme would really be a bad idea, because it so restrictive in its context. While on the other hand, a theme like “Dark humor” may be used because it can be used in a wide variety of ideas.


Theme Pool:
Abduction
Action
Comedy
Comic Book
Crime/Gangster
Disaster
Drama
Epic Battle
Fantasy
Heist
Horror
Madness
Martial Arts
Musical
Mystery
Nobel Sacrifice
Poetry
Pursuit
Race
Revenge
Revolt
Romance
Science Fiction
Sports
Survival
Trickery
War
Western

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:26 AM

I vote Comedic Horror.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:59 AM

The Big Trick
"Someone or some group of people intentionally trick someone else. Rumplestiltskin and Little Red Ridinghood are in this category. Stone Soup is an old story in which several men trick the inhabitants of a village into providing them with food. This theme was evident in Snatch, starring Brad Pitt, and The Sting, staring Robert Redford and Paul Newman."

Revenge
"The subject is obvious, but the outcome differs. Sometimes the outcome is good, like in the movies Revenge of the Nerds or Animal House. Sometimes the outcome is bad, as in Macbeth and Moby Dick. Other movies based on this them are Revenge, staring Anthony Quinn and Kevin Costner, and Payback, starring Mel Gibson."

Note: All theme ideas stolen online.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:15 AM

The Rivalry- Simple, the ultimate clash between to rivals, you can even mak up a rivalry backstory.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:18 AM

Would this help?

http://en.wikipedia....atic_Situations

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:13 AM

Would this help?

http://en.wikipedia....atic_Situations


I could see some of those being used, but we're trying to stay away from things that are unnecessarily limiting. Saying this certain thing has to happen in your story is a little different than having a delegated "genre" in your story which is what we we're going for. I'll take a look through this listing and see which ones could be of potential use.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:16 PM

I vote Comedic Horror.



This could easily be used as a potential theme idea, but I'm not going to be adding it to the theme pool. The reason being that this is simply a combination of two already listed genres. Keep in mind that combining the above ideas will be common place, as will disecting these respective genres and focusing on one aspect of that genre. What we're looking for from you is a genre/theme idea that is entirely unique to the ones listed above.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:04 PM

Treacherous is getting at something that seems ideal. Rather than sticking with a specific genre, he's going for concepts that would work in any genre, but narrow the scope of the scenario. I dig it.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:08 PM

Working of one of the 9 MAJOR sins or 9 layers of Hell.

Circle One - Those in limbo
Circle Two - The lustful
Circle Three - The gluttonous
Circle Four - The hoarders
Circle Five - The wrathful
Circle Six - The heretics
Circle Seven - The violent
Ring 1. Murderers, robbers, and plunderers
Ring 2. Suicides and those harmful to the world
Ring 3. Those harmful against God, nature, and art, as well as usurers
Circle Eight - The Fraudulent
Bowge (Trench) I. Panderers and Seducers
Bowge II. Flatterers
Bowge III. Simoniacs
Bowge IV. Sorcerers
Bowge V. Barrators
Bowge VI. Hypocrites
Bowge VII. Thieves
Bowge VIII. Counselors
Bowge IX. Sowers of Discord
Bowge X. Falsifiers
Circle Nine - Traitors
Region i: Traitors to their kindred
Region ii: Traitors to their country
Region iii: Traitors to their guests
Region iv: Traitors to their lords

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 07:57 PM

Working of one of the 9 MAJOR sins...


Simplify. Simplify, simplify, simplify. This is way too elaborate.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 07:59 PM

Knowledge(all), you're going way too far. This isn't for anything ongoing. This is a pool of Ideas. One-shot ideas for each round.

Like Landon said, Treach hit the nail on the head. IE this is the kind of thing that I was thinking when I suggested themes.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 08:36 PM

In that case, here are three more (once again, these are all coming from an online source, so don't think there is any creativity on my behalf regarding them):

The Great Battle
"The Iliad and A Tale of Two Cities are classic examples of this theme. It is about people or groups of people in conflict. It is sometimes a good vs. evil story like 1984 by George Orwell, but not always. The film The War of the Roses, starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas, is an example of a battle in which neither character is wholly good or evil. In theatre, we see this theme at work in Westside Story and Les Miserables. We often see this theme in horror or science fiction, like in Alien and Terminator, where the antagonist--a monster/creature/human/alien/computer/etc.-- is trying to kill the protagonist, who must fight to stay alive and/or defeat the antagonist. Sub-categories would be person vs. person, person vs. nature, person vs. society, person vs. technology and etc."

The Noble Sacrifice
"The sacrifice can be for any reason except self--a loved one, an enemy, a group of people, the whole of humanity, a dog--but the bottom line is that the protagonist sacrifices himself or herself in an effort to save others. In literature, this is demonstrated in the story of Jesus in the New Testament and King Arthur in Mallory's Morte d’Artur. This theme is used is used in the films Glory, Armageddon, The Green Mile, and in just about any war movie where the hero dies gloriously."

The Big Mystery
"Something unexplained happened and it is the protagonist’s job to find an explanation for it. The story of Sherlock Holmes are good examples, as are the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. In film, we have seen it Silence of the Lambs and The Maltese Falcon, and it took a comedic turn in Clue and The Pink Panther. Almost all police and detective dramas work within this form, as do most espionage and spy thrillers. Agatha Christy and Tom Clancy work within this form."

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:42 AM

Femme Fatale
Film Noir
Vigilante
Religion
Specific Time Periods
Real People

These are all pretty self explanatory.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:04 AM

More themes...

The Amazing Race
Basically a race for something. Doesn't have to be a straight forward foot race. There can be obstacles (ex: the Amazing Race), It can be characters with the best vehicles, animals, Mario Kart starring any genre of character.

Heist
Two villains must set out to steal the penny from Batman's cave or something along those lines. It's a heist.

Team Sports
If two teams were to compete in a major sporting event who would win? Ex: Fantastic Four vs. the Metal Men in Basketball.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:59 AM

More themes...

The Amazing Race
Basically a race for something. Doesn't have to be a straight forward foot race. There can be obstacles (ex: the Amazing Race), It can be characters with the best vehicles, animals, Mario Kart starring any genre of character.


This was done once before as an FPL tourney. Heaps of people on the forum warmed to the idea.

Funnily enough, come tourney time, around 5 people were bothered to submit characters. Tourney was canned as a result.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:41 AM

"Funnier commercial"

Ex:


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 08:18 PM

Just throwing out my two cents in this.

Western

A re-imagining of our favorite universe's a la Gotham by Gaslight style. Like the Deadpool kid from Marvel or perhaps a take on how we imagined the 1800's version of the Sorcerer Supreme, long before Dr Strange. We can further mix this up by adding era characters into the mix. Like the Man with No Name, helping out against say a Skrull invasion. It would certainly challenge us in research and believability.

Mystery

I just finished "Who killed the Scarlet Witch?" and I thought it had some promise. This would also challenge us, and would be a far cry from the regular slug-fests. Here, we would have to examine motive, means and perhaps we could even give a bonus point for the one who solves the mystery.


So there are my choices. Any other takes?

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 08:31 PM

Western and Mystery are already included in the pool. Please make sure your suggestion is not included in the listing before you propose an idea.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 08:38 PM

Western and Mystery are already included in the pool. Please make sure your suggestion is not included in the listing before you propose an idea.


I was only bouncing off ideas as to how we could do them. As to original ideas, what about these?

Survival

A group of beings are taken to some area of the world or even a whole planet with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The object of the game is to survive for an indeterminate amount of time. Like Newt from the second Alien movie. Or Operation Snake Eater where Big Boss has to obtain his own food and equipment in enemy territory.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:53 PM

Total War
Give a Character a TV show
Urban setting




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