Lately, at work, Jude's been driving me around for my deliveries so I can take it easy while my foot heals. Today, between deliveries, I started playing around with the idea of a "Manos: The Hand of Fate" role-playing game, which got a grin out of him, and I got to tossing ideas around about emulating cheesy, low-budget movies in role-playing games, and he asked me if I was talking about doing a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" RPG.
My response was, "No, not really. More like a 'Low Budget Movie' emulation game..." but the more I talked and thought about it, the more I realized that I could do it for MST3k. In fact, while I was talking, I ended up pretty much coming up with actual mechanics for emulating a low-budget movie in the Fudge System.
So, the way I figure it, the GM would be the "Executive Producer" and the players would not only portray the characters in the movie, but would also take on the roles of production crew, like scenery, special effects, etc, and when you start a new scene, players roll against stats like "Budget." No Difficulty, but you have to describe what it looks like depending on the role.
I think that Ed Wood would have rolled low during "Plan 9 From Outer Space." I could see him getting a Poor result and having to describe "You can kind of tell this is being filmed in a kitchen" and "You can see the strings."
And players could get extra Fudge Points if they riff on the movie being played.
After Heroes of Oz, I may have to do this game. Whether it would be done under MST3K or under the title "Low-Budget Thriller" this is the kind of game that has to be made. #fudgerpg #mst3k #edwood