Inspired by V. Baker’s painfully awesome AG&G, I’m building a situation element generator into Grey Ranks. It was there all along, but instead of picking stuff, now it will be picked for you.
Vincent’s uses evocative but vague elements:
1 An ambitious farmer, hungry for gossip or silver.
2 The unscrupulous landlady of a roadside wayhouse.
3 A village executioner, practicing his trade on a caught burglar.
And I’m wondering if this is a good approach for GR, which takes a real documentary approach to the Warsaw Uprising. So I could go one of two ways:
WAY ONE, VINCENT STYLE
1 A Nazi officer with a dangerous plan.
2 A concentration camp commandant in unexpected distress.
3 A murderous foreign thug intent on a massacre.
WAY TWO, DOCUMENTARY STYLE
1 SS-GruppenfÃ¼hrer Heinz Reinefarth, mass murderer and commander of the elite urban warfare unit Gruppe Reinefarth.
2 SS-HauptscharfÃ¼hrer August Kretschmann, commandant of the GÄ™siÃ³wka concentration camp, stuck with a pair of flat tires.
3 Ayaz Hesuinov, a particularly brutal Azeri officer of RONA, herding civilians into the Wola football stadium.
In some ways the same, in some different. The latter provides names (important) but constrains invention. The former allows free-wheeling associations, but kicks my documentarian goals in the teeth.
Thoughts are welcome! I need some fresh eyes.