Sunday, 20 January 2013

How do you kill Death?

This short film is very clever. Expect to see an advert ripping it off by May at the latest.

In the meantime, what kind of world is it where you can find Death at a bar and put a gun to his head?

Where anthropomorphic personifications are accepted so casually?

Death is one of the classics, of course. From Durer to Bergman to Pratchett to Gaiman to Hutchings to, well, me in the final season of The Watch House. I didn’t really address the metaphysical issues of killing Death - in my case it was a personification that didn’t contain all of Death, just the desire to destroy all life. More Judge Death than a neutral force of nature.

What other embodiments might the PCs run into? Life? Evil? Good? Law and Chaos? Can you call up the Devil? And is that ever really a good idea?

“How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss?

Then there are games like Nobilis and the higher superhero games where the PCs can be such entities.

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