Fangs for the Fantasy has posted a wonderful generic Urban Fantasy Drinking Game, and I thought it would be fun (as well as a good “check” for cliches) to see how my plans for The Splicer.
Note: These are just things I plan on putting into the story, and so are subject to change. In the event that giving a specific reason might spoil the plot, I’ll just give you how many drinks will be in the section.
The Protagonist – magic and work!: +1 drink if:
You will need to take two drinks in this section. Splicers like Scott are rare, but he is definitely NOT the only one with the ability. In this world, all powers are determined by genetics. He’s also an average male. strong, but not super strong.
I’m going to say to take one drink in this section. Scott has a very good reason for not using his power. It can permanently switch off a target’s powers…or it can kill them.
He has one dark secret that isn’t really a secret.
Scott is a writer. His husband is the cop, sometimes he discusses cases with him, but nothing really comes of it.
The closest Scott will come to solving a crime is asking Dace about his work and possibly witnessing a murder or something. Hold off on that, though.
Skip the next section because it’s about TV shows.
BONUS DRINKS FOR TV SERIES:+1 drink for:
Successfully “enhancing” CCTV images to see the impossible – like someone’s face reflected in a car mirror across a parking lot
DNA results returned within the hour
Hacking. Just hacking, because there’s no way in hell the depiction won’t be laughable.
Warrants? Who needs warrants?!
Or warrants – let’s go ask the judge, he hands them out like sweet sweet candy
Aggressive interview with a lawyer present who sits there silently. Could save money and just have a cardboard cutout
Family and Friends! +1 drink if
Scott has two living parents, most definitely not evil.
Take two drinks here.
Scott has a very active social life, but he hasn’t told me about any hobbies.
Scott has plenty of male friends, and while he may come across men that he doesn’t like, jealousy is not a factor there. He generally doesn’t like people who try to kill him.
As it stands, Scott’s apartment complex has five men to four women and two girls, and that’s just the characters living in his apartment.
This section is pretty much not applicable.
Scott is gay. If he does comment on a woman’s appearance, it will be because he is paying them a genuine compliment. As far as commenting on attractive men, you might need to drink a few times.
The Love Interest: Take a drink if:
Scott is married. Dave is 100% human (although he, like Scott, has his own special ability). They love each other.
I wouldn’t really call Dave an alpha, he’s just….a guy.
World Building+1 drink if:
I count at least three drinks in this section. There are a variety of different non-human species running around, and the world of the Splicer has a system to classify them all. There will be no Wendigos. Besides the interwebs, I am drawing on sources like Nancy Arrowsmith’s Field Guide to the Little People, the Eddas, and other sources as needed.
I don’t know if I’d call it massively detailed, but take two drinks anyways.
I see at least two drinks here.
My grand total (so far) is approximately fourteen drinks. I can see some areas where I could definitely be less cliched.