What Kind Of Game Best Opens A Hellmouth?

02 Feb

hellmouth, hell gate, hell portal

I ask you, my dear readers. I am open to suggestions.

What modern type of game might best open some terrible hellmouth?

As best as i can figure, some might include:

– An MMORPG: (for the… 3 of you who might not know what this means, MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. You know, World Of Warcraft or  Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s a good contender. There’s a lot of ways that could be used to open some terrible Hellmouth. The disadvantage is the group of people involved in opened said rift would not all be in the same place (which works better for me but is not a deal breaker)

– An RPG: Good old fashion table top role playing games. You know, Dungeons & Dragons? The million of games with modules and dice invented since? Thanks to the insights from the great Chick Tracts, we ALL know RPGs lead easily to Satan and a special one played just the right way could certainly open a live, hellish rift. Disadvantage: not modern enough and a bit of a stretch.

–  LARPing: Live Action Role Playing. People act out on site, live a role playing game. Made famous through vampire RPGs and now has branched out to numerous types of RPG games. It’s sort of the obvious one. BUT… well, it’s a little too obvious, i’d be shocked if it hasn’t been done already, AND… LARPing is not as popular as MMORPGs or even basic RPGs. I’m tempting to go with a game that might have a wider appeal.

– Console Video Games: Look, there’s no reason why a video game played on a Playstation with your buddies couldn’t do it. Maybe not Call Of Duty, but some RPG or group survival game. Some Skyrim or Alien Survival type video game played by a group together could work. Once again the people involved wouldn’t all be together in the same real world place, but so what?

– App: Tablet gaming. You play with others, but on an ipad or android device. It wouldn’t be an RPG game, it’d be something more interesting. OOOOh, it could be like a geocache game. HEY! A geocache thing! Only your prize… sucks. (Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a  (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

– Something New. A new type of game, a new type of gaming. Something different. It’s new, it’s hot, groups of people are doing it. What would something like this be? Any ideas? Ya wanna help me out? People get together, play, but when played juuUUUUuust the right way, boom, hellmouth opened.


Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “What Kind Of Game Best Opens A Hellmouth?

  1. James Gibson

    February 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Got to be SATT. The satanism connection has to have roots in some truth, right? 😛

  2. James Gibson

    February 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    SATT being an acronym for “Sitting Around The Table”, meaning D&D etc.

  3. Juliet Fugman

    February 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I agree on your picks, Paul. It seems like an idea, but I saw one video game that opened with Sweet Dreams by Emily Browning. The creator of this fanmade game used wit since this game is involved with dreaming and sleeping.

  4. Ken Carpenter

    February 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    What if the cards in Cards against humanity were really parts of a diabolical spell and the denziens of hell are just waiting for the right combo to happen?

    There is also an app/game called Ingress that is played via a gps overlay to the real world. The game is about controlling gates thereby controlling territory. You could easly create a fictional game that has a good vs evil theme.

    I love geocaching but not sure how you could tie that in, maybe some specific travel bugs that have to complete a pattern in the real world and can only be moved by the innocent?

    The Larping thing has been done in a movie called the knights of badassdom where a group of fantasy larpers summon a demon. Kind of amusing.

  5. Lochrian

    February 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    A lot of console games have split screen capabilities so people can all play in the same place. Like the Wii U, Nintendo are pretty good at coming up with games that can involve four or more people in the same room. There’s also the concept of LAN parties where people all gather at one place and play games on a local network together so it would still be possible to have videogame open up a hellmouth and have all the people in the same place, especially if you look into the whole, “cursed videogame” thing.

  6. Jimmy Hastings

    February 3, 2015 at 3:18 am

    I would steer away from roleplaying, as those treads have been well worn by Jack Chick and Knights of Badassdom.

    I do like the idea of an Ingress-like Alternate Reality / geolocation / smart phone game that actually turns out to have something serious behind it. I mean, the point of an ARG is that the world is more than what it seems, so a piece of fiction that talks about the sinister background of one wouldn’t be out of place.

    Consider a regular-style board game, though, like Jumanji except not magical all the time. It already usually involves a bunch of people sitting around a table performing ritual actions. The game itself doesn’t need to be magic- or occult-themed. I’m thinking, like, civilization-building. Maybe if you and your 4 teammates manage to each build an obelisk in a single game, that opens the Hellmouth in the center of the board whose roads or connections turn out to form a pentacle if you look at them correctly.

  7. Reggie Lutz

    February 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I like the geo-caching smart-phone app idea… perhaps it just “shows up” on the players phones… the hellmouth itself having found a way to tempt users into opening it up by programming a game into their phones… the metaphysical consequences of Wi-Fi… Just spitballing here…

  8. Mobius

    February 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Augmented reality seems like the best bet here. Maybe a game where people playing can form and break certain connections with their devices, in order to create game events. Certain lattices of connections have different effects – say you had a group of six people, standing in a hexagon, with each person connected to the two people to their sides to form a hexagon of connections, and that would create a shield around the group to protect them from attacks by other groups, who would form offensive lattices in much the same way. One certain lattice configuration just ends up unfolding reality and summoning a gaping hellmouth.

    • paulms

      February 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Your comment was ridiculously helpful.


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