A few weeks back I got caught up on the webcomic Questionable Content and I was struck by how, well, wholesome it is, using the word in the way that was fashionable a couple of years ago.
The characters - and it has a huge cast, built over many years - are nearly universally good people. Even the ones who started out as selfish or intentionally disruptive have mellowed out or realised they have issues they need to work on. The drama comes almost entirely from the characters’ internal conflicts: Someone is attracted to someone else and don’t know if they feel the same way, someone has an issue that prevents them from enjoying their life and they’re trying to work through it, someone is feeling insecure about something and their friends help them try to get over it.
It’s all very… benign, would be a word for it, I guess. Sure, there are one-off characters who are jerks, but they’re less malicious than clueless or superficial.
Now this may be a genre that’s huge and I’ve just never come across it before, but it feels very refreshing to me. I guess it’s the relationship drama counterpart to pastoral fantasy, kind of? Pastoral drama?
Anyway, I’m trying to figure out a way to turn it into a game that has stakes and such, because while I love the high drama of Pasiones or other drama-focused games I could use some purely positive relationship gaming as well.