You may only need to watch The Road Warrior and Six String Samurai to prepare. Add the aforementioned spikes and skulls to your descriptions, and let your players supply the soundtrack.What does it mean to be METAL? What do I need to include to achieve this all-caps aesthetic? What subtle shifts and tones need to fill my every description?
Turning it to 11 is by far the most crucial component.You may only need to watch The Road Warrior and Six String Samurai to prepare. Add the aforementioned spikes and skulls to your descriptions, and let your players supply the soundtrack.
Subtle shifts and tones are out. Turn it up to 11, 'cause it's better to burn out than to fade away.
Amon Amarth.First off, play the following music to truly be METAL (at least according to the customer's of the music store I work at):
- Iron Maiden
- Black Sabbath (Ozzy and Dio eras only)
- Judas Priest...and by extension, Halford (and/or the first Fight album)
- Iced Earth
- potentially Slayer (if you want to go a little darker)
- Motorhead (if you can deal with Lemmy's voice)
Don't play anything else.
Have every badguy have long, flowing or curly hair that is rarely combed properly. All goodguys have weapons that subtly remind one of an instrument (a shotgun slung over the shoulder like a guitar; two billy clubs that remind someone of drum sticks).
There's lots of leather pants (very tight, but not "David-Bowie-in-Labyrinth tight"), probably some spikes here and there, and people's voices are ridiculous. Preferably sing-songy, but not in a musical theater way...unless they're the badguy, then it's okay for them to sing really well but still be cool, like Sebastian Bach from Skid Row.
High on Fire was possibly the worst live band I have ever seen. I was made to understand later that they were completely drunk, but they sucked it long and hard.Rent the movies Doomsday and DeathRace. You'll lose a couple IQ points, but you will be totally prepared for a METAL game of Hell On Earth, and it's better for you than listening to Slayer and High on Fire until your ears begin bleeding.
Unless you're into that sort of thing - I kinda like both.