Friday, June 17, 2011

Announcing PopeRape: The Role-Playing Game

As much as I've tried to ignore the latest shrug-inducing "controversy"* sweeping through this corner of the Blogosphere, I can't help but have learned a valuable marketing lesson. I am therefore announcing the forthcoming publication of PopeRape: The Role-Playing Game.

I'll be honest; the system is basically just a home-brew concoction of my favorite elements from Pendragon, Call of Cthulhu, Savage Worlds, and Mutant Chronicles. It's a straight-ahead fantasy heartbreaker with little to no innovative or interesting elements. But since I've learned that when people are offended by something, rather than ignoring it and focusing on things they actually like and are enthusiastic about they'll instead spill gallons of virtual ink generating free publicity for the very product they profess to decry, I'm giving the game an uber-controversial title and will be liberally illustrating the book with pictures of various popes throughout history being violently sodomized by amoral adventurers. The most violent depiction will, of course, be reserved for Pope Joan, history's sole female pope. Through this, I hope to drive sales into the tens of thousands.

Expect an Open Beta release to be timed with whenever this latest brouhaha begins to wind down so that your blog rolls can once again be choked of with a kudzu-like eruption of opinionated posts on a subject 99.999% of the population couldn't care less about.

*Of which that link, more or less chosen at random, is but one of many examples.
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