- Sep 14, 2021
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Indeed. Thanks to noir cinematography it took me decades to work out that hardboiled and noir are in fact diametrically opposed genres.I suppose it depends on how loosely one is using the term, since film adaptations of both hard-boiled and noir stories tend to fall into the film noir genre. For example, Chandler's The Big Sleep is a classic hard-boiled detective novel, but the 1946 movie is generally considered an example of film noir.
I think most RPG players are likely to be more interested in the hard-boiled genre than the kind of deeply flawed and likely doomed protagonists you find in noir fiction like Double Indemnity. Then again, there have been several noir playsets for Fiasco...
I haven’t played Fiasco but the tag line about “low impulse control” suggests it’s all noir.
I nominated CoC as the most appropriate noir rules. But maybe it should be Gygaxian AD&D? Tournament play, tricks, traps, thieves, assassins, PvP, DM Dickhead, treasure seekers destroyed by their own cupidity.