Gargoyle wrote:But I agree with taking him out of the official books, especially early on. There isn't much space in there, so everything you put in those becomes sort of a starting point for a lot of things in people's games. Tone is important in Torg, and it's easy to fall off the deep end into annoying silliness with everything that's going on.
This is my concern, other than I didn't care for Skippy just on the merits (or lack thereof). Torg is over a quarter of a century old and I'll be introducing it to new players. I adore the Nile Empire and Dr. Mobius and all the other weird and wonderful entities in the Torg setting. But I don't want to have to try to sell, or stretch suspension of disbelief over, anything that is deliberately comedic and silly. Not if I'm trying to sell this as a strange but desperate conflict.
I don't mind a wink and a nudge at ironic humor, but Skippy was a pie in the face. I want Torg to be a war, not a pie fight from a bad 60's British Comedy.
EDIT: Just to clarify what I meant about the Nile—those are setting concepts I won't be apologetic over, but I don't need to Skippy and anything like him to make my job even more challenging when I introduce the setting.