I was in the desert playing a crazed tweaker yesterday in a porn movie.
Because that's pretty much always what I play in porn movies. But who cares? It's a porn movie.
I hate would-be-clever subversions of cliches more than I hate cliches.
It often signals the designer's dumb enough to think the game's more about the ideas than what people can do with them.
A kobold in a 10x10 room is a boring idea, but you can do all kinds of things with it.
A 10x10 room inside a kobold on the other hand is often actually just someone who thinks they're really clever and has actually just designed one of those second-tier cliche giant organic dungeons where you get attacked by antibodies and have to fight white blood cells.
Yeah, yeah, I know, you're real clever. Why does the fight with the stomach acid feel exactly like fighting grey ooze again?
One piece of jiu jitsu won't do it. You gotta be clever all the way down.