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Sunday, 29th April, 2007, 05:30 PM #41
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Originally Posted by Crothian
1. You are over 40. Why do you still live with your mother? A loaded question. I wanted to establish that other people might see him as a mama's boy, even if he doesn't see himself that way. Just asking this question says a ton about the character.So, about half and half on focused vs general questions.
2. What first triggered your interest in photography? The adventure has a cool payoff for someone taking and developing photographs. I wanted to open this possibility, as well as establish a hobby in the classic British eccentric mode. Like trainspotting, only different. It's up to the player how important this becomes.
3. Have you ever experienced true love? The first non-loaded question. This fills out his romantic past, especially considering that he now lives with his mother.
4. Why didnít you enlist during the Great War? Another non-loaded question. Maybe he's sickly, or a coward, but answering this defines personality. It also does something even more important -- it reminds the player that the game happens just after WW1, and that other PCs may be veterans who resent his non-enlisting.
5. Whatís your worst habit? It never hurts to list weaknesses that the GM can then prey on.
6. Why do those people hate you? A totally random question. Is he racist? Classist? This establishes that at least one group of people doesn't like him for some reason.
7. Do you like your relatives? This particular scenario is all about family relationships, so knowing whether he likes or hates his family is important. this makes the player consider this issue.
8. How do you spend your days? character-defining fluff.
9. Have you considered hospitalizing your mother? This relationship is an important one, since the mother is a PC. This establishes whether he's resentful of her or not.
10. Do you believe in spirits? The game is a ghost story in part, and his mom believes in spirits. Does he share her interests?
11. What scares you the most? Fodder for the GM.
12. What are you looking forward to? Character-defining, once again.
13. Is it worth having a go at Camille, your motherís French maid? Another Pc. This establishes Camille's existence, and possibly sets up some tension. It also suggests that the PC may have lust as a secret sin.
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Sunday, 29th April, 2007, 06:50 PM #42
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
It sounds great, but the Jenga tower thing kinda kills it dead for me. It is innovative and I appreciate what it did in your example (and the 'metaphor of the tower' from the rules exerpt).
I might have to actually play it a few times to appreciate it, but I really, really suck at things like Jenga. I don't like having my own inadequacies translated into inadequacies for my character; it's one of the reasons I play RPGs. It would be kinda like 'OK, to succeed at this task, get up and run around the block in less than x amount of time'.
Sunday, 29th April, 2007, 07:28 PM #43
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
So, I've been thinking about how the jenga tower could be translated to D&D or other systems... I think the key is to not tie it to a mechanic. Use it for what it's good for: Creating tension and as a "variable timer." For example: Can the heroes defeat the mooks and stop the villain before his nega-cannon is fully charged and destroys Washington DC? Everyone takes a pull on their initiative.
Problem with this is it could easily take 20-30 or more pulls for the tower to fall, excepting accidental knocks of course. This can be mitigated by having some "seed" pulls at the beginning, like you do in Dread if you're playing with fewer than 4 people.
Oh, and thanks for posting the questionnaire, PC. That's very illustrative.
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Sunday, 29th April, 2007, 09:58 PM #44
Novice (Lvl 1)
I think this sounds like an absolute blast!
I'm going to play a game of it with my sons when the eldest returns from school in a few weeks. If it goes as well as I expect, I'll definitely buy the book.
To the game designer: I foresee the biggest weakness being my lack of creativity in coming up with scenarios. I suggest selling a line of scenarios, just like the ones you have for free on your website. I would gladly pay $5 each for these in PDF.
Monday, 30th April, 2007, 01:23 PM #45
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Interesting. I'd say that plots are actually easier than D&D. Think about it; no stats are needed. All you need is some conflict between PCs, a setting, and a baddie.Originally Posted by Vigwyn the Unruly
Example of the top of my head:
PCs are Frank & Joe Hardy, Chet Morton, Nancy Drew, her friend Bess, and her boyfriend what's-his-name. In the questionnaires you set up some tension with the Hardys being jealous of Nancy (and vice versa), some jealousy of Nancy's boyfriend, and envy from the sidekicks. Then you say that there's a carnival in town, something has been stolen from the town museum, and a tiny smudge of white grease paint will lead the heroes to the carnival.
After that it's totally open for you. Someone local could be pretending to be with the carnival, setting a false lead. But there's a psycho killer with the carnival who gets nervous about the kids snooping around, so he stalks them through the tents. Lots of possibilities there!
Not needing stats plays to my strengths.
Monday, 30th April, 2007, 06:07 PM #46
Novice (Lvl 1)
Monday, 30th April, 2007, 10:44 PM #47
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I'm reading this thread with a great deal of interest, Piratecat. Thank you.
Tuesday, 1st May, 2007, 05:19 PM #48
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Any chance these products will ever be available as PDFs?
Still running a great game
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2007, 01:32 AM #49
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I have some thoughts on combat written out over here, but the long and the short of it is, try not to think of combat in role-playing terms. When there is combat in a horror film it usually falls into one of four categories:Originally Posted by greuh
1. The characters are fighting among themselves (which often puts them in great peril).
2. The characters are being overrun by a mob of near mindless monsters, such as zombies or Aliens.
3. The characters are being hunted by one terrifyingly exceptional being.
4. Fighting that is not scary.
The rules for case 1 are clearly spelled out in the book. Case 4 doesn't really belong in a Dread game. Unfortunately, I did not mention cases 2 and 3 in the book.
For case 2 I would treat the monsters more like a force of nature than an army. The characters can certainly pull to shoot some zombie brains, and pull to avoid being eaten if they are in the midst of them. But it is doubtful that such actions are the goals of the players. Usually the combat is just to buy some time as they rush for safety, or try to retrieve some medical supplies from the pharmacy in the overrun mall. In this case, I would make the players pull to hit (which keeps them temporarily at bay) and pull for something defensive if the monsters are upon them. Also, I would give characters whose questionnaires indicated some appropriate training or experience (such as a military background) some sort of circumstantial edge--maybe they don't need to use as much ammo to hit something.
In case 3 the characters are in combat as much as a deer is in combat during hunting season. The link I gave above is mostly about a case 3 situation. Basically, the nemesis should never spend enough time with the characters to engage in round-by-round combat. A swift, gruesome attack that may not kill a character, but will drag out enough pulls to at least convince the players that it might. And then the nemesis disappears into the darkness.
Does that help?
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2007, 01:56 AM #50
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
That is in the works, but not in my hands, so I can't give you an accurate prediction on when it will be available. I'll look into it.Originally Posted by BryonD
At the moment I have another project in front of me, but that is definitely something to consider.Originally Posted by Vigwyn the Unruly
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