Toon Olympics: Anime-style
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[Image of Fuu, Hikari, and Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth]Toon: The Cartoon Role-playing Game was published by Steve Jackson Games in the mid-1980s, and many copies of the sourcebooks are available with a little effort. This RPG primarily focuses upon American-style cartoons where truly anything goes!!! The entire focus of Toon is to be funny and to do and say things which are funny... and many anime characters and series fit quite well into this worldview: Debutante Detective Corps, Project A-ko, Otaku no Video, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Idol Project, the Slayers saga, City Hunter, D4 Princess, etc.

One of the most popular Toon campaigns is the Toon Olympics. Those familiar with the Hanna-Barbara Laff-a-Lympics series already have an idea of the premise of Toon Olympics: Bring together many animated characters from various series/genres and have them compete in a number of sporting events. When I first played the Toon Olympics, one player created his own cursed medieval knight character with a sentient sword which didn't always do as he commanded (which he later played in a Sailor Moon RPG campaign I was then running), someone else played a unicorn (who eventually had to drive a car), another played as Lara Croft, and I personally played as A-ko - truly an eclectic bunch!!!

The main Toon sourcebook includes the original Toon Olympics, but many Animators (who run Toon campaigns) have created their own versions of the Toon Olympics. What is offered here is yet another version of the Toon Olympics, but with a decidedly-anime bent. The events themselves are designed to bring humor to the Toon Olympics, in addition to whatever the players/characters add to the hilarities which are to be expected. Several events even include specific anime characters with whom the characters/players must interact in some way.

The Animator may wish to run the events in sequential order. However, rolling 1d10 to determine the order of the events might also be welcome, adding to the players' sense of randomness (especially if they have also seen this site). In any case, Tag (Event #10) should be the last event of the Toon Olympics. This site does not supply information on how to run a Toon campaign. The Toon soursebooks do a very good job of this, so replication of that information is not necessary.

Note on Dice:
Several sets of gaming dice should be on hand. Toon officially uses several six-sided dice, but other dice can be handy (and in this version of Toon Olympics are required): d4, d8, d10, d12, d20, etc. (By the way, does anyone know where I can find a d3?)

Notes on Characters:
As not all players will necessarily be familiar with some anime characters used in this Toon Olympics, the Animator may wish to have printed copies of the linked images on hand (see individual events, or use the links below), to better give the players an idea of who they are interacting with during the competitions.

Players are also free to call upon any other anime characters they may wish, in keeping with the anime characters they play. For example, when I played in another Toon Olympics as A-ko, I called upon B-ko to fight a Pokémon in my place, with the promise of conceding C-ko to her if she should win (that was funny enough to earn me an extra Plot Point)!!!

Toon Olympics Introduction

Toon Olympics Events

  1. Drag Race
  2. Target Shotting
  3. Kayaking
  4. Weightlifting
  5. Hurdles
  6. Strength Test
  7. Combat
  8. Projectile Vomiting
  9. Diving
  10. Tag

Toon Kayaking Map

Toon Olympics NPC Characters

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