Here’s the next round of seeing how Cosmic Zap is shaping up. It’s an important phase because Ian is the project developer for Chaosium, and Rod and Juan are both artists who are very familiar with the source material.
Juan screen-shared during most of the session, allowing us to enjoy his emerging character sheet. I’ve pasted a few moments of the progress over his field in the video.
Our three characters emerged quickly. The following lists the three keywords in descending order of magnitude for each:
- Sten Duncan (person), tweedy London accountant and husband; Negentropic (cosmic); The Fulcrum (super)
- Blue Streak (super), speedy techno; The Slipstream (cosmic); Mark Unsworthy (person), bar patron with a girlfriend he doesn’t love
- Sweet Jane (super), half woman half galaxy; Janie Jones (person); The Omega Galaxy (cosmic)
The discerning viewer will easily spot, this time, that I am not struggling with “gee let’s try this” notes but rather referring all of us to something more like an actual rules text. Questions are welcome!!
One thing I’d like to follow up with is Juan’s comment at one point concerning “getting the party together.” Although he probably meant it in jest or partially so, it’s a non-trivial component of play in this game which the system accounts for very nicely, especially since the actual extent of it occurring is left wide open. It’s actually functional throughout the full range, which may be difficult to believe, but let’s talk it over and see.