It was with no small amount of interest I read Clash Bowley’s description of the baseball RPG he’s working on. Baseball + Role Playing Games might seem like a strange mix, but when you consider some of the indie RPGs we’ve seen in the past few years and their subject matter, baseball seems downright normal. Clash’s games sound like it will allow you to simulate games, seasons, and more, as well as roleplay your character in the clubhouse and around the team. Sure, this may end up being a niche, niche RPG if it happens, but I think it sounds like a lot of fun.
I’ve mentioned on here a few times that I’d love to make a racing (especially IZOD IndyCar)RPG, complete with racing rules, driver stats, on and off-track fights, etc. There seem to be precious few sports RPGs on the market, but when you think of modern athletes as our gladiators, it makes a bit more sense. Sports are such a huge battery of emotional energy for so many people, I think it’d be possible to create a campaign that would really speak to people.
I realize this goes against the grain of us RPG geeks as pasty nerds who never went outside, but I know there’s sports fans out there. Could a hockey RPG work? If Clash can do one for baseball, what about football (American or otherwise)?