RPGaDay – Day 27: Game You’d like to see a new / improved edition of…
Short Answer: The World of Indiana Jones, West End Games.
Long Answer: As I mentioned on Day 16, it’s unlikely that we’ll see this any time soon. Spielberg and Lucas nuked that fridge so hard it would probably take a great amount of effort (or money) to convince anyone that it would be worth taking the financial risk.
That said, a game focussed on the 30’s era (and maybe the Young Indiana Jones adventures) could have some legs. You’d be able to bring back the Nazis and weird cults, have all the classic pulp tropes, and keep things distanced enough from the current day that people won’t get too caught up in the real history. Build public interest with a well-designed Kickstarter campaign, and you could be on to a winner.
Or, you could take an alternate route. Take a current game and apply the necessary tweaks to make it work. Yes, it means you have to do the work, but at least you’d end up with a game that runs (almost) exactly how you want it to. If it were up to me, I’d go with the Ubiquity system. Exile Game Studio designed the rules to suit pulp-style action and excitement, while not bogging the game down with endless dice rolling. Adopting elements from Hollow Earth Expedition and Leagues of Adventure would get you most of the way to a finished game. Who doesn’t like the sound of Indiana Jones Feeds Nazis to Dinosaurs?