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Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG $0.99
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Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by Alan H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/05/2017 17:39:51

I know that this was issued as an April Fool's Day joke - as indicated by the page at the end in which Spectrum start out by saying they are planning at least 8 source books . . . before stting that it's an April Fool.

The game itself is actually rather fun. It's a quick and simple game to play - if you're looking for a serious game with more in-depth characters and a wider skill-set then you need to look for a different system. Rules are minimal and essentially involves rolling a D6 and comparing the result to a stat that you are using. Characters are created in a manner of minutes - there are 5 stats and you roll 6D6 and ignore the lowest dice, make any 1s left a 4 and then apply the remaining values to your 5 stats - with 2 being the best score and 6 being the worst. You then get to assign up to 3 Positive Qualities and 1 Negative Quality to your character. These give bonueses or penalties to your dice roll. As the game progresses you will earn and spend Edit Points which can be used to allow re-rolls or to change something in a scene. There's a TV show format to the game with segements interrupted by Commercial Breaks - you roll on a table to see the result of the Ad Break - your show can gain or lose viewers, one or more characters can gain Edit Points due to their popularity or lack-of.

All in all a fun game. I've done a couple of shows with this format - Porn Stars Got Talent (a talent show for former porn stars who are trying to change thier career by doing singing or stand-up-comedy); Celebrity Riggers (an elimination competition in which Z-List Celebrities try their hand at working on an off-shore oil rig) and Teecherz (a fly on the wall day-to-day life study of a group of teachers in a seriously bad fictional school).



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2016 08:19:38

The game achieves the intended purpose. I would have liked a few more examples, but I guess you could watch some reality TV to get some ideas. It's definitely worth the price.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/06/2013 15:25:18

A great game that comes in at just under 10 pages. Spectrum Games has made a name for themselves in Genre Emulation. Since Reality TV is often criticized as not needing any writers, the game brilliantly is equally as brief. Foregoing the typical "this is an RPG" section, the game gets right into the various types of reality TV shows are discussed. Once your group decides what sort of game they are going to do (or maybe your Director has decided for you) and then you go!
You then need to make your character. You figure out your name and stereotype then roll your stats. Figure out your positive and negative qualities and you are good to go! Like other Spectrum Games these qualities are not listed; instead you decide what they need to be. Typically these are needed to point out some character flaw your character has.
For rules, the only checks are ability checks (roll under, apply qualities as needed) and dramatic checks.
You also get "Edit Tokens" which work a lot like Drama Points. Tokens are awarded for good roleplaying and Sticking to Genre. You can also spend your tokens to change what is going on; such a "Oh No You Dit'unt!" and "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere!". The basic structure of a game is also laid out, including Commercial Breaks. These can affect the Shows "Popularity" this can affect the amount of Edit Tokens the players can get.

The game is fast and is great for a like minded group. Given the nature of reality TV you could have enough material here for several "episodes" of material.

Personally I'd like to try it out sometime with people bringing in characters from any game and do a reality "TV Show" where all these characters have to live together in a house in between their normal adventures.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by Bryan B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2013 12:48:44

Well to start I should mention I have done freelance for Spectrum writing Going Japanese, so I do have a positive bias toward the company

That being said I do like this game as a parody of Reality TV. It has a very simple system and is focused on doing the game a very good at doing the very worst of Reality TV with all the drama and forcing things to look very dark and dramatic for the tv series. This includes focusing on popularity of the TV series and encouraging players and GM to back stab each other and have plenty of blow ups on TV and of course do product placements and commercial breaks!

The only places their are weaknesses is for the less trashy versions of reality TV (I like Pawn Stars and while it does do the dramatic stuff, that always ends in a joke instead of high ere, low drama) or Talent show style series. But the game is about the worst of the genre and not the high points so I say good job for April Fools game!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/01/2013 10:19:59

This can be approached on so many levels... from a tongue-in-cheek poke at reality tv to a serious role-playing game in which a reality tv show happens to be the backdrop against which stories are told and plotlines played out. What's here is a simple - perhaps even simplistic - set of rules for making it all happen.

Those looking for a serious game set in the context of reality tv might prefer to use elements from another role-playing game to provide the rule mechanics, at least those of character generation and conflict resolution. The system for determining the popularity of your fictional reality tv show, however, is excellent - hang on to it whatever you decide to use for core mechanics.

Many people like to be snooty about reality tv... and then you find that if there's one on an area of interest, you end up watching it anyway - my particular vice is MasterChef, if you must know. But there's a lot of fun to be had for the gamer in the concept whether you are going to play THIS game for laughs or take it a little more seriously.

From the role-playing point of view, there is actually quite a lot of mileage to be had from reality tv as a concept - or at least, as something which might happen during a rather more serious game. For example, I used a 'So You Think You Could Be A Spy' reality tv show in a Spycraft game, with real spies (or at least, characters who were spies) asked to compete in a series of challenges which ended up being a front for a certain foreign power actually trying to recruit spies from amongst the natives of the characters' own country! (Just to make it even stranger, the outline was written on the train home from the auditions for a reality tv show called SpyMaster which I'd entered on a whim!)

Jolly good fun for a one-off joke game, but food for more serious thought as well.



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