Ok, so I wanted to report on a couple of gaming experiences, looking for any interesting analysis and observations from y’all, and particularly with an eye towards understanding the difference between intuitive continuity and bangs.
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On 5/22/2019 our COH group got to play our third venture. As indicated in Anthony's original post about the game, our group is doing things a bit “wonky” & rotating GMs, with each of us running it twice & then passing the baton. The pool of circle knights, our version of the crescent lands, & the timeline remain the same.
It was a surprise to see The Questing Beast there at IndieCON, in Italian, as well as that anyone would hold it up and say, "Let's play this" when we were surrounded by so many other acclaimed or recent titles, and that the anyone happened not to be me. Here's my take on the session that we played.
There's a little story behind this one, in that I'd prepared for a session of that weird RuneQuest setting I keep working on at Gothcon. The planners noted some interest had arisen, including the Glorantha Etcetera panel, and suggested I do another session later that day (Saturday). I said yes, and then discovered that meant a 10 PM session.
Whew! Convention pile-up has me sucking wind on getting posts finished. This one’s about playing Svart av Kval, Vit av Lust, by Simon Pettersson. He’s a one-man Forge here in Sweden, and now that I think of it, reminds me of my good pal Jared Sorensen. When I visited Indierummet at Gothcon, I noticed several games with his name on it and was told that he was the right person to “introduce” me to games of this sort.
It's ridiculous how many games I cart around with me, matched only by how obscure or short-lived or forgotten many of them are. I feel like flashing a little sign or card that says "Yes, you never heard of it," just to get past the litany of announcements to that effect when I produce one of them.
My goal at Gothcon was to be, basically, not weird. I didn’t want to show up as representative of some sector of hobby identity, but as fellow role-player. I’ve been playing a lot of Sorcerer lately and felt like resting it a bit. I knew that the founding Swedish RPG was originally a RuneQuest hack (in the sense of “with love” or naivete, not cynical rip-off), and I felt like getting my mind off superheroes for a little while.
This is posted as a PSA or didactic point that game design fumbles and bumps its way along, requiring "encounter with the enemy" in order to know what is and isn't working. Nearly everything you see in the video underwent sandblasting after this discussion, so it's an exercise in discovery.