Reporting on this installment has been delayed because although the pilot episode did reach its conclusion with part D, videos and other posts are still being prepared in regard to it. However, as play continued with the first part of the new episode last night, the time has come to post this report.
For my part, there was much to enjoy in this first foray with this group into an Original Series spin-off of our own devising. While, like anyone, I can find fault with my own contributions to the actual play, I find myself liking the interactions among the players outside of the game and as a part of the game, and I am very curious about and interested in their characters. I am also very curious about what form the conversations of play will take after a few episodes have been experienced.
In this episode, the experimentation on my part continued, mostly with how scenes were framed. This time I went for a process of overlapping scenes we can cut between. I tend to like this approach in general and with STA in particular, but as some aspects of doing it in 2d20 involve game mechanics (such as the decay of Momentum) I found, upon review that I could have handled that aspect better. This is where we can see the controlling hand of habit stepping in to bypass the best of intentions~
We also get to see some fairly strong uses of Threat, particularly near the end. Uses like this can catch players by surprise, but I was unsurprised with how well they took it.
I have noted that some details are slipping by random players in each session, so one thing I do want to look into with the group is sources responsible for this such as lag with zoom, multiple people speaking at the same time, momentary inattention, incomplete description, insufficient clarification of important points, etc. The group of players is really sharp and insightful, so these isolated and random but recurring incidences of missing information stand out due to the contrast. If it were one episode or one player that would be easier to figure out, but as it is all four of us, it is worth investigating as it must touch on varied causes from technology to technique.
The Episode and its Offspring
Videos that are currently available on the conclusion are listed here, with the playlist linked as usual, below. In case viewers have missed it, each video has links in the top right corner which take you directly to the playlist and to other related playlists. These become visible on a mouse-over.
As the episode has reached its conclusion, I have also released a (long) video which contains segments recorded prior to the play of each session which focus on the preparation process and factors which shaped, informed, or influenced that process.
Additional posts, which include KC’s Reflections, KC’s full-session commentary, and a written recap of the imagined events are still in progress. As these are released, I will append them in the comments below.
As the GM, I have some questions for those who watched this session, a previous session or more, or all for sessions:
- What about the characters do you find interesting?
- What ramifications from this episode would you imagine?
- Were there any surprises for you as the episode played out?
- How much of your response to any of the three questions above do you feel comes only from what you watched as compared to being a combination of what you watched and what your own imagination has filled in?