Minimum Viable Campaign Approach

I’m a big fan of seeing Lean/Agile/Project management methodologies adapted into tabletop game management. The project manager and the gamemaster have some similar skill sets, though a successful gamemaster has other skills as well. (As an aside has anyone ever taken a stab at a…

Seasons

The Seasons are an important narrative device in this game. Many countries in the world divide the seasons as shown in the chart below. Northern Hemisphere (Southern) Meteorological Astrological Equinox/Solstice Spring (Autumn) March 1 to May 31 March equinox (which occurs on 3/20 to 3/23)…

Episode 6 – White Tiger of the West

This week, Marjorie tries to untangle her former life from her new life as a Noble, but the Locust Court and the Camorra have different ideas. Meanwhile Domingo continues to make good on his promises in the most annoying way ever. Podcast: Play in new…

Episode 5 – Catastrophe in Paris: Recap

Marjorie and Pierre get ready to head to one of the kiosks selling enchanted padlocks. Their plan is to ask the salesperson about the source of the locks, and, if they’re not forthcoming, grab them and take them to the catacombs under Paris, and attempt…

Strategic to the tactical in session design

When contemplating the nature of the game, and then developing story, there are thematic elements on the forefront of my thinking process. When I started this game I sat down and brainstormed a high-level mind map.   There areĀ a bunch of nodes on this, some…

Playlist: Marjorie

Along with a sort of visual/character mood board, I also usually put together playlists for characters that help inspire/inform some aspect of their personality. For Marjorie, as the Power of Love (Huey Lewis & The News), that was a bit difficult, because of the truly…

Episode 5 – Catastrophe in Paris

Marjorie and Pierre get to know each other, tangle with alchemy, cats and rats. Spend a little time in the catacombs of Paris and chat over dinner. Meanwhile a giant has a snack. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |…

Episode 4 – A Tale of Three Cities: Recap

After lunch, Marjorie gets a voice mail from Domingo, who wants to introduce her to a new Familia, as per their deal. He asks her to meet him tomorrow, dawn, in Mukurthi National Park, in Tamil Nadu, India. Clara and Marjorie return to the Forest,…

Pierre, the Chevalier of the City of Light

Pierre, the Chevalier of the City of Light, familia Qafsiel Aspect: 2 Domain 2 Realm 1 Spirit: 4 Alchemy: 1 Gift: Enduring Estate: The City of Light Paris is the City of Light The City of Light is the light in the darkness The City…

Podcast frequency and schedule

We had originally aimed for a weekly release every Tuesday. This allowed us to record on Saturday, and a few days of editing. Unfortunately, as the family’s fall activities geared up we have found that sometimes we record on Sunday. Also, I am very bad…