Scott Pilgrim's Primetime Adventures

October 1, 2007

I’m trading Elizabeth the first three volumes of Scott Pilgrim, the greatest comic since Sharknife, in exchange for her old camera.

According to wikipedia:

    The series is about 23-year-old Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker, hero, wannabe-rockstar, who is living in Toronto and playing bass in the band “Sex Bob-Omb.” He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona V. Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to date her.

Here’s how you play Scott Pilgrim using Matt Wilson’s Primetime Adventures.

Volumes

Pick a number of Volumes you’re going to play out. The real Scott Pilgrim has 7, but that may be too many, if you want something focused, or two few, if you’d rather do something as involved as Ranma 1/2.

Characters

Your series will be centered around a main protagonist who we’ll call “Scott,” even though they can be called anything you want in your game. All the other PCs must be connected to Scott in some way, but it doesn’t have to be directly. If one player is Scott’s gay brother Jimmy, an art school student, another player can play Jimmy’s middle school boyfriend/rival, Howard, a record store clerk. If it’s not obvious already, all the characters should be hipsters or other jaded cool-losers between 15-30.

Character names are always ridiculous. I’m not sure how to describe the right kind of ridiculous. Remember this is a hipster power fantasy and I think you’ll do fine. A banal or classic-but-unusual first name followed by something that’s not really a last name is a good call. If they sound a bit like bad James Bond characters, you know you’ve nailed it. Edward Gunslinger. Ginger Soirée. Rick Adroit. Meredith Flagship.

The Premise

The premise of your game should fit the following format:

    [PROTAGONIST] must [DRAMATIC VERB] [A PC]’s [NUMBER OF VOLUMES] [MALEVOLENT GENRE FICTION COMICS TRAIT] [BANAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INTROSPECTIVE SAD HIPSTER COMICS STAPLE]

For example, in the real Scott Pilgrim series, the premise is:

    Scott must defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends.

But in your series, Alicia Excelsior, the premise might be:

    Alicia must exorcise Robert’s 18 demonic step-fathers.

Scott

Scott is always the Spotlight Character of any particular Volume, but he does not have a potency of 3 like normal. Instead, Scott as 0 potency and is effective in conflicts thanks solely to Fanmail, either Fanmail he earns or Fanmail that is spent on his behalf.

That’s It!

Play and be merry! The rest of PTA should work pretty well just as it is.

2 Responses to “Scott Pilgrim's Primetime Adventures”

  1. shreyas Says:

    Dude, we have to play this.


  2. […] My ideal model for drawing inspiration from anime and manga would be Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic, Scott Pilgrim. There are a lot of elements that are reminiscent of manga, but if he was inspired by Japanese comics, he’s fully metabolized them and he’s doing what he wants to do with them. No imitation, self-consciousness, just a kickass comic. (Also, Scott Pilgrim needs an RPG). […]


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