Archive for September, 2008

Chilling Heat, part 1 and half (continued)

Posted in Chilling Heat, Games I've ran with tags , , on September 5, 2008 by Olorin

Okay, so my previous post was mostly just listing the songs and commenting them a little, and I was too tired to put more meat into it. I thought I should make one more post about that, and try to tell what I wanted to achieve and what I would propably do differently, if I ever run it again.

My major goal with the music (and several other factors) was to find a good feeling of Twin Peaks, with some Quentin Tarantino mixed in. I mean damn! That Tarantino sure knows how to pick music to his movies. The man is a genius. But yeah, I wanted to put up a relaxed mood when the creepy stuff is not happening. How everyone and everything is calm and slowish because of the heat. And that also works as contrast to those little oddities the characters face. The rat-eating lady, the assisting pharmacist putting rat poison into cachets, the doctor suffering a bad hungover etc.

I don’t think the horror music needs any explanation. It’s to set the mood and to keep the players on their toes.

And what I’d do differently? First I would drop everything that’s too new, and anything that breaks the pattern too much. That’s the chill-soundtrack I’m mostly talking about. But it can’t be too short so that it wont turn repetitive. Some choises also require me to change other things in the scenario. First, I need to write the characters totally by myself, and pick the songs just for support. Not the other way around. Most of all, I really need to find the focus of the scenario. Previously I was just throwing things in as I thought them up, and tried to tie these random things together. Maybe that way I could cement certain songs to certain elements, and the songs could also work as hints to players. “Hey, something important, related to X, is happening. Stay focused.”

Actually, that’s about it. I don’t really have much to say about the soundtrack because I don’t analyze my choises, at all. I just go with the flow and trust my guts. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Currently playing: Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)