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Old 01-01-2011, 12:15 PM   #21
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Oddly enough, this already exists, although Phil Masters is aparently too modest to mention it here:
http://www.philm.demon.co.uk/Miscell...ool_Rools.html
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:51 PM   #22
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I just did a google search on Ronald Searle, who drew the original St. Trinian's cartoons for Lilliput magazine; lots of game ideas there...
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:29 PM   #23
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Famous Five and Swallows&Amazons represent a different type of setting. They take place during holidays whereas school stories take place during term.

A good source of inspiration for school campaigns is P.G. Wodehouse's school stories (Tales of St. Austin, several other early works, and the two books about Mike Jackson). And let's not forget Kipling's Stalky & Co., a semi-biographical description of boarding-school life in the 19th Century -- apparently not very different from that of the early 20th Century.


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Old 01-01-2011, 04:36 PM   #24
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And let's not forget Kipling's Stalky & Co., a semi-biographical description of boarding-school life in the 19th Century -- apparently not very different from that of the early 20th Century.
If you want to go that way there is Roald Dalh's Boy 8)

there also Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:33 PM   #25
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This is tempting me to steal from one of Marcus Rowland's (Forgotten Futures RPG) fanfics where Buffy and Willow end up as student teachers at St. Trinians.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #26
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Ye gadz. Would there by a sub-title of "You will go to hell"? The very thought of roleplaying boarding schools or, heck, even just that age sends shivers of fear up my spine. :D
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:48 PM   #27
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Actually, GURPS School Days might be a very useful and very successful book. The trick would be to make it useful to as many people as possible. I'd go beyond boarding schools and look at as many of the important sub-genres as possible. Maybe something like this...

Part I: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll, and Football: American Public Schools
Part II: When Harry Met Stalky: British Boarding Schools
Part III: Locking Up Your Daughters: Private Girls' Schools
Part IV: All This, and Fox Girls, Too: Japanese High Schools
Part V: Students, Teachers, and Everyone Else: Characters
Part VI: Mystery, Romance, and Other Forms of Cruelty: Basic Storylines

Anyway, just an idea.

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:59 PM   #28
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I wonder if you can print the word "fagging" even when it means something completely different in the context of the British boarding school system.

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Old 01-01-2011, 09:18 PM   #29
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I wonder if you can print the word "fagging" even when it means something completely different in the context of the British boarding school system.
When you have your *** hide you fags from the master?

[Well you cant't say it here apprently, though i do get why]
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:41 PM   #30
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I'd love to run a game with the feel of John Allison's Scary Go Round and it's semi-sequel Bad Machinery. The comic has made its way through three generations of cast. The most recent and previous both attend(ed) British State School, though theres much more emphesis on school life in Bad Machinery.

90% of stuff produced by CBBC (Though predominantly god aweful) would probably also be useful; from the oldies like Demon Headmaster and Grange Hill to the new stuff like Sarah Jane Adventures, M.I.High.

Sky also had a series called Hex a few years back about a teenage girl at a boarding school who was a reincarnated witch and her lesbian ghost best friend and later a slayereque style witch-hunter girl battling the fallen angel Azreal. It was pretty much advertised as Britains answer to Buffy and it did have its moments.

It could be easiest to bundle this into GURPS Youth and add in rules for things like curfew and getting grounded.
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