"Everyone knows" what a relationship map is, but they're definitely not all the same thing, especially with these variables exposed:
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It is crazy how common and how widely-developed craziness is, in role-playing. As much as world-building, as much as combat options, as much as magic systems, this is a definite feature of the hobby with its own schools and aims. It is clearly a primary path toward characterization, character development, player agency (through its managed lack in many cases), and emergent plot.
The question being, what is the anchoring procedure for playing Tales of Entropy? When it is so easy to go awash and awry when one's character twists into what you didn't anticipate, or when one is now cast as Narrator with no idea of where to go.
Something has to make sense, to begin, to change, and to end. And that is the Grains. Neither "my character" nor "the plot" will work.
Oh golly, let’s see a bunch of guys over-share about how much their characters have been having sex!! ... for those few of you remaining in the room, you’ll see us talk well beyond the boilerplate. Sex has been freed-up in role-playing over the last decade and a half. This seems to have freed us as well into dialing-back and modulating how it plays into everything else, to find some new things this medium-and-activity can do.
This discussion took place a while ago, at the end of February. I wasn't sure it had enough content to merit posting, but as it turned out, BPG found it to be a breakthrough. We've done an intense further session about that, which is tied into the Boiling Pitch seminar and you'll see it, or a text version, soon.
I'm starting a Sorcerer game as a GM and a few questions comes and difficulties comes from the practice. As adviced by Ron, I'm posting my thoughts here.
The Kickers are concluded, and the story is done. To my knowledge, this is the only game of Sorcerer that I've been in which is now visible start to finish on record (OK, granted, one session is a verbal account). I'd certainly love to learn what an observer thinks of it.
I’m spacing out the discussion of Tor’s project post by post, because it’s in such an early stage that each chat we have turns into a big block, or stage, of the process. If I’m not mistaken, this one is pretty much the turning point from “playing D&D 5th edition on purpose” to “his own actual game using the 5th edition OGL.”
Kickers aren't confined merely to their initiating events. They're what those events become, measured in human costs. Alain found his bid for tenure challenged by his mentor's bitterness. Maxine's band landed a sweet record contract. Michael's criminal enterprises brought danger to his family for the first time. Nothing anyone armed with demonic forces couldn't handle ... except that this time, for each one, it was to be the turning point he or she never saw coming.
I've stitched together two consulting sessions with Petteri Hannila, the author of Tales of Entropy. The first part is audio only, but please view rather than listen, because I've filled it all with visual content. I'm beginning to make these sessions work both privately and publicly.