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RPG Question:

Here is a one-shot game I am thinking of running. Having never played Savage Worlds (but owning the main book) I am wondering if people think this would be a good system to run this scenario (or something else, like maybe Spirit of the Century?)

Year is 1937, place is Los Angeles.

Players work for a private detective agency, or are independent contacts agents from that agency hire. Typical character-types include a bare-knuckle boxer, a daredevil pilot, a hard-nosed detective, an international explorer, a face-man with contacts everywhere, and a gadgeteer.

A wealthy woman's husband with an inventor's background has been kidnapped, stuffed in a steamer trunk, and dragged on board a prop plane for parts unknown.

Players track the plane to "The Orient", obtaining the information by hook or crook on the various island stops such planes make in the pacific ocean.

Players will either infiltrate or directly assault a secret island base, to rescue the kidnap victim, and return him back to The States. Players may also prevent the use of some weird science that, if it fell into the hands of the Japanese empire, would make their conquest of China go that much quicker and deadlier.

Sounds like an adventure that can be run well in Savage Worlds? Is there a better system for such an adventure? Since I am looking to run it as a one-shot, in a single 4 hour session, I feel like it's a lot to cover for one session and would therefore take a fairly rules-lite system to pull it off.

And, again since it's a one-shot single-day thing, it's by necessity fairly rail-roady. Which is a shame, but that's sometimes a pleasure when you know it's what you're buying into with a game. Think of it like a convention game.
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I'm cool with pregens, but my players have never played SW, and I've never run SW.  But, yah gotta start with a single game to begin that familiarity...
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I love Kingdom of Loathing, and look forward to buying this game :)
 
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Good friend and gaming group buddy +Graydon Schlichter has been working very hard on this hilarious Card Game SORRY THAT'S MISTER CARD GAME TO YOU, officially licensed by the KoL guys at Asymmetric.

I've helped playtest! Fun and funny, help Evertide reach their stretch goals.
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I know I'd find sample NPC stats/descriptions, along with adventure seeds, to be useful in helping me decide if I would like to purchase this item.  Even if they are just fan created :)
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I think it would be awesome if people put up their NPC stats (or PC stats) here; as for adventure seeds, as I'd discussed elsewhere, there's a more old-school take to adventure seeds in the form of many of the random tables in the book, which are a kickoff to adventure; but I also think we could have some adventure seeds pop up here, and might make a few myself.
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RPGs: I'm looking to get a bit deeper into old school D&D gaming, with a somewhat lighter and gonzo twist.  I've found http://www.oldschoolhack.net/ can accomplish those goals pretty well as a system, but I'm looking for more inspiration for adventures.  I've heard a lot of good stuff about Vornheim / Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and more recently the module ASE1: Anomalous Subsurface Environment. Anyone have thoughts on those two old school gonzo-ish sources, or others?
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Thanks guys, I will check them both out.  Vornheim's been on my "to-buy" list for a long time now, and ASE1 is fairly new to me but sounds like it's full of fun and interesting stuff.
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