Started by GreatWolf, November 17, 2008, 10:51:02 PM
QuoteA correction my friend. William did not get promoted away from Ninshi...I know because it was in Zahir's Best Interest that he not, and I got all of my Best Interests in that first session; including most importantly that Valkyr fell in love with me -- even if she can't yet bring herself to admit it. It was Valkyr that got promoted thanks to my setting things up so she would be the hero who saved Ninshi instead of that foreign boob William. Ensuring that the king would name her commander of the armies was just a small token of my love and adoration.
QuoteAnd yes, while Zahir is a ruthless manipulator...the look on Seth's face this Friday when he realized that Zahir's d12 is in "For Love" was priceless.
QuoteI think a campaign of IaWA (at least how we've played it) follows very closely the way a session of Universalis goes. Initially there's lots of random stuff getting invented and thrown together and there's a joy in seeing all this stuff get jumbled up. Then at some point people's inherent story-sense kicks in and it becomes natural to start taking all these disparate pieces and finding ways to tie them together.
QuoteI think the discussions we have in advance of each session are invaluable to this, because they give us all a common aesthetic about "what this chapter is about" and "what's its role in the overall story arc". Without those discussions these would just be random disjointed tales that only minimally tie together largely by accident and coincidence and it would require someone like L.Sprague de Camp to come along and try to pick up these disjointed tales and forge them together into something recognizable as a coherent narrative ;-P
QuoteBut, there can be a fine line between coordinating our aesthetic and "playing before you play". How would you explain this line to someone else?
Quote from: Marshall Burns on November 18, 2008, 07:18:26 PMThere's a technique to maintaining a continuity in this structure. You'll find it throughout the works I noted above, especially in Burroughs and Moore. I call it Tessellation. It's where you repeat things in different contexts over the long term. Phrases, descriptions, objects, names, situations, symbols, whatever. Tessellation has a really neat effect: the first time the symbol is repeated, it reminds you of its first appearance. That first appearance puts a certain spin on the new appearance. And the new appearance colors the first one retroactively. You end up with a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.
Quote from: GreatWolf on November 18, 2008, 07:51:40 PMAlso, a question: where does the term "Tessellation" come from?
Quote from: GreatWolf on November 18, 2008, 07:51:40 PMAre there good techniques to remember these various symbols? Would blue-booking be helpful in this context, for example? Something else?