I know my fellow SpaceGypsies are fan fiction writers, but for me, table-top roleplaying gaming is my favorite way to fangirl. My first experience with fan gaming was with Margaret Weis Productions’ Serenity Roleplaying Game , where my group got together to create a Firefly-style crew that rivaled Malcolm Reynolds’ crew. I played a plucky tech called Maura, inspired by Kaylee but definitely with a personality all her own, and we had a blast! It was one of my first gaming experiences at all, and I got hooked.
Years later I’ve had the joy of working with the Margaret Weis team on the newly released Smallville Roleplaying Game, which, like their other games, allows you to play any of the characters in the show, or gives you the tools to create your own. The rules are designed to be easy to learn for new and experienced gamers alike.
So what’s the benefit of taking the leap from fanfiction into collaborative fiction or tabletop gaming? It might not be as big of a leap as you think! Many gaming “groups” are online that write collaborative fan fiction. I’ve done this sort of gaming in a world my fellow writers and I created ourselves using Google Groups to organize our posting. The Smallville Roleplaying Game offers some great suggestions for starting your own online RPG (developed with the help of a collaborative fiction veteran, our very own GreenEggsNSamm), and the newly revamped Cortex Plus system for Smallville can be easily adapted to suit characters, places and scenarios from your favorite shows.
What I love most about this book is that it’s a wonderful resource for making the transition from writing fan fiction to tabletop gaming or writing collaborative fanfiction. Wish Clark and Chloe had ended up together? What if Clark and Lex ended up together? Play it out! Want to write an alternate ending for your favorite episode? Want to change minor details and see how they get resolved? Give it a go!
Collaborative fiction is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done with my online friends. If you love writing fan fiction, even if you’re not fans of Smallville itself, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and learn the mechanics to start evolving your fan fiction hobby. It’s available in PDF format from DriveThruRPG for $20, or in hardcover for $39.99 on August 1.