With this game, I’m very much going for an intrigue and espionage tone, rather than the kick-in-the-door of traditional D&D. To that end, I’m putting together a list of movies to use for inspiration in the game. I’d like to make an event of watching some of these, if we can. That can all be worked out in its own time, for now hopefully you’ve seen some of these and can take inspiration from that. A lot of these movies are on Netflix or Hulu, and I’ll link to the ones I can find in case you’d like to watch them on your own.
- The Sting – The classic long con movie. Even if everyone has seen it before, I’d like to watch it again as a group, because it bears repeat viewings and is an excellent movie in addition to being a good source of inspiration.
- The Usual Suspects – A great movie and a lesson on deception and the power of rumors and secrets.
- Ronin – An excellent movie that provides a good example of how spies can work when they’re not all working for the CIA.
- Enemy of the State – An action packed movie about being on the wrong side of a government conspiracy and cover up. It’s a little dated, but otherwise gives a good portrayal of the powers and limitations of high-tech gadgets.
- U.S. Marshals – Not as good as The Fugitive, but it has more of a conspiracy element to it. Presents both sides of a major investigation and manhunt.
- Spy Game – Shows the complicated relationship between two spies and their agency, and the dangers of both doing what’s right, and not doing what’s right.
- All the President’s Men – Depicts the true story of the initial investigation and report of the Watergate scandal by journalists at the Washington Post.
- Casino Royale – This list would not be complete without a little Bond, and Casino Royale is the best fit.
- Mission: Impossible – Just like Bond, this movie must be included in any list of this nature. Ignore the other 3 movies.
- Inception – Last but not least. In addition to being the inspiration for the flavor of the game, it details essentially a global conspiracy and heist.
- Burn Notice – A show about a burned spy who must work on his own with the help of some old friends to find out who burned him and why, and eventually get back into the CIA. Seasons 1-4 are available streaming on Netflix. Here is my (mostly) spoiler free abbreviated watching list, in case you don’t want to watch the whole thing for whatever reason. Season 1, episodes 1, 2, 4, and 7; Season 2, episodes 4, 11, and 15; Season 3, episode 11. Those episodes provide good examples of what’s good about the show without getting too much into the show’s meta plot.