Here’s an idea: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon World
The PMD video game has pretty much always been a let down, which is a shame because the prospect of being a charizard and burning down your enemies is an awesome idea.
The Dungeon World mechanics are nothing if not flexible and built for creative play, and I think it would be a good fit. Of course, some changes would have to be made:
My idea for the added mechanics would be (besides homebrewing new classes) to replace racial moves with 1-3 racial tags. Racial tags would work like the strengths for a ranger’s animal companion, and would require the DM’s approval. Then the DM would assign the same number racial disadvantages.
Examples of racial tags are:
Claws that deal class damage
A small fire on the end of your tail
Vines that can manipulate things at close range
Examples of racial disadvantages are:
A weak spot
Requiring contact with water often
Thoughts, comments, concerns, hopes, dreams?