Started by Joel P. Shempert, April 14, 2012, 04:26:45 AM
Quote from: Joel P. Shempert on April 14, 2012, 04:26:45 AMHere's what I've got so far:The Lady and the Towerlngredients:LanternDoctorDark Ages[Trials Distilled] Describing CredibilityFrom Trials Distilled Thread:"At the top of the castle is a huge tower, with green light coming out of the windows.""The bishop leaps up onto his horse and rides away.""Lady Emily feels sad."The Lady Emily, recently married to a wealthy Lord, finds herself, far from ushered into the Springtime of happiness that she and all her kin had supposed, locked instead in a gilded cage, cut off from all contact with family and trapped in the ancestral keep of her cold and mysterious husband. What is it that keeps him away from the estate all day, and consumes all his energies at night so that their marriage bed remains cold? What secret does he guard atop the castle tower to which he alone has the key? Does he brood over some personal tragedy, or is there, as the servants whisper, some sorcery or gross blasphemy afoot? And can the Lady's dear friend the Bishop of Gloucester, to whom she has sent discreet letters, guard her soul if her ills be born of Hell, or comfort her heart if they be born of Earth? Will he even dare, or ill the Lady be forced, flickering lantern in hand, to brave the night to lay the secret bare herself?The finished game will be presented entirely on a series of cardstock placards, either letter or halfletter sized, probably bundled in an envelope. They'll consist of two layers glued together, with the top layer containing little advent calendar-style windows to tear away and revel new content in the bottom layer.RULES CARD:This is a storytelling game for 3-5 players. Together you'll tell a tale of gothic mystery, laced with florid romance or chilling deviltry, or perhaps both. You'll play using specially constructed Role Cards, each containing hidden information that you'll uncover bit by bit as you unravel the mysteries in the course of play.For three players, use the Role Cards for the Lady, the Lord and the Bishop.For four players, add the card for the Servants.For five players, add the card for the Family.[explanation of the different roles][some hippie-trippy rules for structuring interaction]ROLE CARD: THE LADYIs the Lady's Love... Is the lady's Sentimentality...Ardent or Aloof? Warm or Cool? 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 2. 2. 2. 3. 3. 3. 3.Is the Lady's sense of Duty... Is the Lady's Curiosity...Stalwart or Wavering? Burning or Indifferent? 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 2. 2. 2. 3. 3. 3. 3.So, the Lord and the Bishop (and the Servants and Family, for larger games) all have four questions like this. Some will overlap: the Lord and Lady both have a Love question, the Lady and Bishop both have a Sentimentality question, and the Bishop and Lord both have a Piety question.As you play, when you reach a point fictionally where the character has to decide whether, for instance, her Love for her husband is growing more Ardent or more Aloof, you tear off a window and reveal a new thing about her, such as "she looks fondly upon him, but remains silent on the matter." You can mix and match; if you act Ardent in one scene you can tear off 1. in the Ardent column, then if you're Aloof in a further scene, you tear off 1. in that column. Whenever you tear off 3. in either column, you;ll uncover something drastic and final, like "she loves him with unshakable fervor, and all her happiness is fixed upon him," or "any chance he had to win her is gone forever, and her heart is closed to him," and you close out that question.With all the cards working together, my hope is that they'll synergize an unpredictable combination of noncontradictory but fruitfully disparate results: Lady loves Lord but he is indifferent to her, Lord is a sorcerer but genuinely cares for Lady, Bishop is fond of Lady but is compelled to destroy her Husband as a Heretic, and so on.Whaddyall think?
Quote from: Joel P. Shempert on April 14, 2012, 04:53:23 PM"hippy-trippy rules" is a placeholder for something I haven't developed yet.I think "answer the question in play" will be triggered fictionally. Does the Lady act more Ardent in a scene? Then open the first entry under Ardent. Does she act more Aloof? Then open the first entry under "Aloof."I may need to figure out a way to phrase it so it's clear that it's "consequentially Ardent," that is, so you don't have a sitch like "It's a delight to see you this fine morning, my husband" at the breakfast table, and BAM scene over.