What If…?

Book of Dumb Tables 2 Cover Illustration by Joshua LH Burnett

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Even casual comic fans are probably familiar with the “What If…?” format: change something and see what else changes because of it. Kind of like a lot of RPGs (“it’s like our world except…”). These tables give you some “What If…?” scenarios that you can use as a starting point for a modern-day game premise (or add to your existing game, if your game’s weird enough). The first table tells you who is different, the second table tells you how.

What if…

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Rupert Murdoch
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Glenn Beck
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Stephen Colbert
  7. Sarah Palin
  8. Oprah
  9. Ron Paul
  10. Alan Moore
  11. Ringo Starr
  12. Richard Branson
  13. Tim Tebow
  14. Vladimir Putin
  15. Harvey Weinstein
  16. Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  17. The Pope
  18. Warren Buffett
  19. Hillary Clinton
  20. Mark Zuckerberg

Was Secretly…

  1. An elaborate prank by Andy Kaufman
  2. Jesus
  3. Planning a real-life Project Mayhem
  4. A time traveler
  5. Building a mind control ray
  6. A shape-shifting space lizard
  7. The leader of Anonymous
  8. A Bond villain
  9. Controlling the weather
  10. Planning to take over the world
  11. A powerful wizard
  12. A super-hero
  13. A super-villain
  14. Building a moon base
  15. A cult leader
  16. Raising an army of undead
  17. Building a real-life Jurassic Park
  18. The head of the Illuminati
  19. The next step in human evolution
  20. The Devil

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