Spinning out from another thread, have any of you run games set primarily on Gallifrey? Episodes such as The Deadly Assassin and the Invasion of time might serve as inspirations [or cautionary tales depending on your view of the episodes.] I know Big Finish has several Gallifrey audios with a new series coming next year.
Any considered such a game? One idea I've toyed with is one I called "The Citadel" The player characters are all "young" Time Lords in the Academy. They may belong to different Chapter Houses such as Arcallia, Patrex, and Prydon. The characters will encounter mysteries and intrigues and deadly threats both within the Citadel of the Time Lords and in time and space. This would allow Gallifreyan politics and conspiracy plots. It allows time and space travel when students are either taken to places like the Medusa Cascade or to temporal nexus points or when they hijack a TARDIS for reasons only player characters can understand. I suppose one could put a spin on it akin to the darker Harry Potter books/films with "young" Time Lords being the ones to uncover a great threat and being the only ones willing to stop it. The hard part is pitching "young" Time Lords to players.
anyone tried something like this?
You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute, And now and then stab, as occasion serves.
I think too much time spent there takes away its sense of mystery and wonder, making it too much like a hybrid of Westminster and Cambridge.
There is a lot of Douglas Adams's Cambridge experience in the makeup of Time Lord society, but it also gave us the Doctor and the Master, much like Cambridge gave us the Cambridge Four as well as its more "normal" graduates. It's a hotbed of great thinking as well as an institution of arcane tradition, as much a home to those determined and brilliant enough to get in as those privileged enough to make the cut through family and school connections. And there's the town as well as the gown - even in the citadel, there are still normal Gallifreyans (and quite possibly other species) working in the guard towers and the kitchens. An "Upstairs, Downstairs" game with them could be interesting too.
And for a game focusing on the wildly inventive side of the Time Lords, world-saving craziness mixed with intellectual snobbery, check out SHIELD from Marvel Comics, which reveals the mad science secret history of the Marvel Universe and sets Galileo against Galactus. The portrayal of Newton could certainly make a suitable basis for a scheming Time Lord politician.
Big Finish's Gallifrey seasons 1-3 give a good grasp of high politics in the Capitol. One episode Season Twos Insurgancy focuses on the Accadamy during its open doors period.
I keep getting the urge to run a Gallifrey game. I keep getting the idea of a bunch of midlevel timelords (Archivists Cia under assasins and so forth) being sent to deal with issues with the other temporal powers.
Obviously various bosses have their own agendas as do the characters.