Can you have outright orgies in games to highlight debauchery without it being lewd?
This feels like bait, but I'll take it.
I would say so, provided you focus on the debauchery angle. Don't make your players think about how lewd it is, make them think about a tangle of limbs belonging to old, fat, rich bastards and bitches who are so jaded that this is the only way they can get their rocks off anymore.
W40k has Eldar. Then Eldar had Slaanesh.
Exalted also tends to do this. Ancient mythos is riddled with orgies and sex in general, and since Exalted tries to be based off it, orgies and sex are just part of the setting; it's up to the GM to decide their frequency, intensity, and degree of player involvement though.
>You enter the room to the reek of sweat and sexual fluids and the sight of writhing, corpulent bodies in a great heap.
>the swollen fleshy forms of the capital"s nobles twist and grate against each other as they smear food and wine upon each others naked bodies and into each others mouths
>occasionally one will extract themselves from the pile of shuddering, jiggling humanity and drag themselves to a row of buckets against the far wall, where they will vomit to make more room in their gullet before rejoining the pulsating mass.
You have to distinguish between different kinds of lewd. There's cute romancey stuff, there's lewd stuff, there's heavy breathing-tier stuff, and there's rated L for lecherous stuff. Having outright orgies is way past the level of lewd, so it kind of naturally highlights debauchery just by being there.
One time my GM had the party encounter a brothel where there was an orc bondage orgy. The characters didn't sleep that night. Some even threw up upon seeing it.
Long story short, depends on the orgy.
Instantly reminded me of Conan
You can easily do it, just be mature about it.
Also not all people look like pornstars while naked even the pornstars. Especially if they are drug addicts and weird snake cult cannibals
>You see a vision of an endless sea of screaming bodies amidst a black and purple sky of sand. No matter where you look, your mind is filled with the sight of a plain of writhing, moaning figures, their skinless forms pulsing like an exposed heart still beating in its cavity.
Roll a constitution save to prevent vomiting.
What the fuck did you just say you little faggot?
>one of my PC's is a skeleton
>party finds a bar full of rather friendly skeletons in a dungeon
>bar skeletons join up with player skeleton
>they return to the tavern
>sorcerer goes into the cellar for some booze. to drink away the shame of getting his ass kicked so many times
>comes upon a pile of bones towering to the ceiling. tattered, ragged clothes line the floor around it. the mass is indistinguishable as individual skeletons
>the bones are wiggling
This writing is gruesomely detailed and mildly amusing but
There's an easy test for what content to include, or not include in your games.
Set a rating for your group. Not a hard and fast rule, but something based on the setting you are using, the rules and what you know your players to be comfortable with. I usually base this on the MPAA ratings. Most people know them.
G: Would be a very boring game. The only system or setting that would fit a G rating would be Golden Sky Stories, and I don't know why you would run that.
Obviously, no sexual content here.
PG: Some RPGs can fit here. This might be the average rating for a game run for younger children, or something with a strong JRPG theme (hitting people with swords causes a colorful explosion and makes numbers pop out!). I'd even put Engine Heart at this rating. Though Engine Heart games can be quite violent and bleak, the overwhelming majority of the violence is Robot on Robot, which is unlikely to squick anyone.
Sexual elements at a PG rating are quite low. You might have some lewd double-entendres, but that's about it.
PG-13: Most RPGs fit quite comfortably into PG-13 territory. D&D being the most obvious example. The rules as written are quite tame in terms of actual violence. Mostly people just poke each other with sticks until one of them falls over.
As for sex, keep to the PG-13 rating as well.
R: Let's face it, most RPGs /tg/ likes would be a Hard R just for the violence. The Warhammer and Warhammer 40k RPGs include graphic descriptions of critical hits results. Other examples would be the new Mutant Chronicles, Song of Swords or Savage Worlds.
This also gives you a good idea of what to include in terms of sexual content. Just ask yourself, "what would be allowed in an R-rated movie?" Obviously, you wouldn't see any penetration.
Porn: Keep this in online ERP.
2. When you are considering weather to include something in your game, ask yourself. "What is my groups rating?" and "where does this fit on the rating chart?"