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Started by Judd, June 09, 2005, 04:20:51 AM
QuoteDad,Think of this as a movie trailer but for a game. You don't have to know what everything means just yet. You definitely don't have to know how it will turn out. All that's important is that you get the vibe. Its epic samurai fantasy. It isn't quite Japan. It has as much to do with Japan as the Lord of the Ring's Middle-Earth has to do with historical medieval Norway.You'll be playing a big, gruff samurai with a testubo who has recently inhereted his father's castle and is in charge of his family, soldiers and a tremendous responsibility.JuddYour father left you a piece of the Kaiu Wall. It is the same stretch of wall that your family has guarded for generations, set to the task by the Hida Family Daymio, the warrior family of the Crab Clan. Above your castle's door are the words, "Millions Die If I am Weak," carved into the stone by masons long ago.On the western side of the wall is a lovely countryside, white cherry blossoms, rolling hills, a crystal bay. On the eastern side is a hellishlandscape filled with globlins, demons and all manner of nightmares.The Empire never thanks you for doing your duty, only notices when some monstrousity escapes. The Empire does not send enough resources to keep the wall strong, only court politics and disdain.And you receive three letters:1) A Lion Courtier from the capital city of Otusan Uchii wishes to take a tour of the Shadowlands, see the danger for himself. He is being sent to your stretch of the wall.2) While buying provisions in ths next province, your brother has fallen in love with a beautiful maiden in the effete Crane Clan; she is promised to another.3) Maidens have gone missing in a nearby village. The headman has asked that a Kuni Witch-Hunter be sent, but they are few and far between. One might wait years gaining an audience with a true Witch-Hunter.Millions Die If I am Weak
Quote from: abzunot to be elitist, but why not use The Mountain Witch?-L
Quote from: abzunot to be elitist, but why not use The Mountain Witch?
Quote from: Pakait will likely be a solo game and the trust mechanics would go to unused and they are the heart and soul of that game.
Quote from: nikolaBut! I'd say that your dad, being a guy who does stuff, and likes things, and not a gamer, is going to be a lot more flummoxed by D20 or (shudder) Legend of Five Rings than he is by, say, Dogs in the Vineyard, run as Yojimbo.So that would be my advice. Surprise, surprise.
QuoteI LOVE IT
Quote from: PakaHis reply to my trailer e-mail:QuoteI LOVE ITI think setting the tone and getting him into the mindset is going to be more important for a first game.
Quote from: nikolaYeah! So use something that sets that mind and tone!Now, I don't know L5R well at all. But I do know that the reason I haven't played it is because I like samurai movies.
Quote from: abzuAs soon as I started on my standard demo pitch, I realized that I'd already lost the 'rents. They had absolutely no frame of reference for what was going on. The basic die rolling mechanics meant absolutely nothing to them. Why roll dice? What for? When? Whoa. So I had to start with a very basic discussion of the overarching mechanics of roleplay -- shared imagined space, character/role, resolution mechanic for uncertain outcomes.
Quote from: PakaThis thread will not turn into a why L5R is crap thread. I refuse to let that happen. This is us agreeing to disagree and moving on.
Quote from: abzuWhoa. So I had to start with a very basic discussion of the overarching mechanics of roleplay -- shared imagined space, character/role, resolution mechanic for uncertain outcomes.
Quote from: PakaThis is interesting to me. I am just thinking of what I will say to him when we first talk about the numbers on his character sheet and when he rolls and when not.
QuoteI am married to Matua, daughter to a fallen grand master and mistress of the art of -------------. Twin sons Tyi and Sogen 8 years old, and brother-in-law to Hayete who is a Kuni Witch Hunter. Hayete and I have not spoken since the twins were born.
Quote from: PakaSo, I am setting the game in a more traditional GM-Player mode so that I can feel more comfortable.Hm.
QuoteAnyway, asked him if he had any suggestions, thoughts or additionns to the e-mail I sent him and he replied:QuoteI am married to Matua, daughter to a fallen grand master and mistress of the art of -------------. Twin sons Tyi and Sogen 8 years old, and brother-in-law to Hayete who is a Kuni Witch Hunter. Hayete and I have not spoken since the twins were born. To which I replied: Holy shit, we have a GAMER on our hands.