I love watching Deadliest Warrior. Not familiar? It's a show that's been on SpikeTV to cater to everyone's geekiest impulses. Ever wonder what would happen if an Apache warrior fought a Roman gladiator? Or if a black-powder era pirate fought a plate-clad medieval knight? Deadliest Warrior attempts to answer those, in an hour long demo filled with splattered ballistics-gel torsos and pig carcasses.
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Deadlist Warrior episode...
However, it brought up an interesting question in my mind: what if gaming had a Deadliest Warrior-style competition? Not for the actual gamers, mind you, but rather for the classic NPCs of gaming!
I know this has been done, once upon a time, in the waning days of Dragon magazine. Fantasy heavyweights Margaret Weis and Ed Greenwood faced off with their immortal mages, Raistlin and Elminster. But why stop there?
What would happen if the quintessential barbarian, Conan, faced off against Kratos, the psychopathic anti-hero from the God of War series? Or, better, if Deadlands' Dr. Darius Hellstrome pitted his infernal devices against the steampunk science of Space 1889's Cronus on the war-torn fields of British Mars? Oooh, or better: the immortal gunslinger Stone against the eternal champion, Elric of Melnibone? Or even a war of the monsters: the sleeping god Cthulhu against Demogorgon, the two-headed Prince of Demons!
|The Eternal Champion vs. the Undead Gunslinger!|
Stormbringer vs. the Guns of the South!
Who is deadliest?!
While, the likelihood of ever seeing these on a fair battlefield is nigh impossible--man, what system would we even use for this?--it's just a touch of wish-fulfillment to see the biggest heavies of gaming face off against one another. If only, fellow gamers...if only...