First Frost of Autumn (firstfrost) wrote,
First Frost of Autumn

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Notes from Halfway

For all that I do not really know many of the players, I find that I like a lot of the ones that I have just met. Many of them acquire quite a lot of gravitas when in dark suits with priest collars.

"You can make the players do anything, as long as it's a mechanic" seems to hold as true for "do research about the Nicene Creed" as it did for "walk around Killian court tied together with a rope." They're talking about the moral infallibility of the Shepherd and whether "God is in everyone" is schismatic, and carrying Pope's body around in a pine box. Sure, in the end it's all paint on the numbers (and justom claims it's just Conspiracy anyway) but the paint still feels solid to me.

I stress about the mistakes, though. Mostly about the ones I made, but probably way too much. One was just failing to recheck a mechanic once the stats were nailed down (and I knew I needed to, I just didn't make time), and I think the problem was that a scale that was from 0 to 1 in my head the first time became from 1 to 5 much later. The other mistake, I still don't understand. I playtested the widget. I used it enough to figure out how long it would take me to do the thing. How could it have had a sign error? (The AFS @^ error, not my fault. But still annoying).

harrock has been fetching us food and crusading in search of empty trash cans, and reporting on some of the meetings... yay!

I had forgotten how the actual running of a ten-day goes. The first several days, you think "Oh my God, they're going to finish all their plots on day four and riot out of boredom." Then people start dying, and the whole mood shifts to "what do we do about the people who are killing the people who are dead?" and suddenly there's more things to talk about and worry about and run about doing. Even if there isn't strictly more plot.

I had also forgotten how different the instinct for GM'ing assassin is than sit-down. If someone says "This is in my concept, but there's no mechanic for it, and it's a clever solution to the problem" then the answer is much more yes in sit-down than it is in Assassin. If we give you a mechanic for digging a pit, we really should have given everyone one, so you can't have one, even if pits are a completely reasonable thing. The perfectly constructed (and played) Assassin game, the Platonic ideal, would have no GM intervention ever needed. The perfectly constructed (and played) sit-down RPG doesn't have that limitation. In that sense, assassin is much more like a board game in philosophy, though in reality it never approaches that ideal.

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