Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Psychoplanes, Dreamplanes, and Getting Back Into my Posting Schedule

Well, I have not been keeping up with my posting schedule as well as I would have hoped, and lets hope that I get back into it easily. More APSC soon, really.

But for now, I want to bring up a topic that has interested me for some time.


Its always a wonderful concept when you can leave your universe and travel to a completely different world, but what if instead of going away from your world, you went deeper into it. Into another world, the world of the mind of another person?

I admit, this is by no means an original concept, but it has so much potential for a RPG.

Perhaps there is some mental instability with your friend and the only way to resolve the problem is to hook your brain up to a machine that can project your consciousness into the world that is his mind.

What wonders would you see? How much would these worlds differentiate? Are they infinite or finite? Does a person's intelligence determine how large the psychoplane is? Are psychoplanes limited to sentient beings? How would an animal's psychoplane differ?

I could really go on all day.

And don't even get me started on Dreamplanes.

Now I want to do several posts on this topic. I probably will.

1 comment:

satyre said...

A couple of systems do good takes on this:

Mage: The Ascension did a version of this with Quiet and dreamscapes that sounds a lot like the psychoplanes.

Call of Cthulhu have the Dreamlands; a shared fantasyworld of equal parts beauty, whimsy and horror.

And 2nd Ed D&D Psionics Handbook used Dream Travel to set up surreal mini-adventures that let you travel instantaneously across vast distances in your sleep.