Hi all, here’s a link to a session in the Trollbabe game I’ve been playing with Adept Play stalwart Robbie and his daughter Lara. I had a lot of artistic involvement with Trollbabe in the early days, but never managed to play it successfully oh so many years ago, so to finally get it off the ground is really satisfying. It’s turned into a bit of a project, as you’ll see.
As of now, we’ve played four sessions – the first was unrecorded due to technical difficulties and featured Robbie solo. What I’m posting here is the second session, kinks and all – I stumbled a bit with the prep, resulting in a slow start for Lara’s troll babe; we didn’t use the relationship mechanics at all. But it was a lot of fun and the resulting stories felt rewarding. I’ve got some things in mind to work on for future sessions:
-better prep, giving more thought to how character relationships can be setup in different ways around any given stakes issue. “Us over here vs. them over there” is a different feel from family ties split across both sides of the stakes, for instance. Also, taking a moment during prep for each adventure to think about how the situation in the first scene will present itself — as opposed to literally not thinking about it all until I say “So you’re walking across the field, and . . . “
-More conscious attention to checking in on the pivots — structural elements of the gameplay that are meant to guide escalation of the action. I’ve been kinda doing it by the seat of my pants, and so far not terribly I think, but I want to think a little more critically about what’s going on in the game.
-Also, I keep forgetting to do the little denouement thing you’re supposed to do, of summing up the impact of the adventure on the region after the troll babe has left.
-Dig into those relationship rules!
Here’s the playlist: