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BenW
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« on: July 19, 2007, 06:43:46 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 07:11:40 AM »

Hi and welcome to the Forge, Ben. I'm Christian.

I like the reversal on the science/magic front. Very cool.

Can you tell me more about how play will work in this setting? What do the players and characters do? Are the players playing the regent and his sister, or are their characters pawns in the game? Is it a traditional setup with a GM and several players? Is magic a collection of pre-made spells or is it something the players make up? Is it focused on social intrigue, and how does that work in your system?

Oh, and is there anything about the design right now that you're not sure about and that we can maybe help you with?
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BenW
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 07:44:37 AM »

Sorry, i am at work and i wanted to just get something up, i was going to go into a lot of those, but kind of got distracted.


Can you tell me more about how play will work in this setting? What do the players and characters do?
Players will generally be allied with one or more interest groups, politicial organisations, secret sociaties, companies and patrons, all of who have numerous agenda's be it war mungering for profit, family honour or esoteric weirdness. The characters personal goals and the goals of their families will influence how they deal with these. Add to this a few, very clearly antagoistic groups, such as the youth movement called the grays, who are drug taking necromancers and the astratic order who are very conventional worshippers of polysilabic gods with tentical. The theme of the game is survivial and better ment of one self despite dutie.

Are the players playing the regent and his sister, or are their characters pawns in the game?
They are generally playing magicians or exceptional people fromthe upper social layers of sociaty, exceptions do exist, however these people tend to be exceptional indeviduals in the employ or patronage of nobles. Exceptional characters might be "the worlds greatest detective", "The Greatest Pugilist" or the fairest maid in all of Lornia.


Is it a traditional setup with a GM and several players?
Yes, it is very much a traditional game in that respect.

Is magic a collection of pre-made spells or is it something the players make up?
I am working on three seperate but linked magic systems.  Weavery, will work by providing a limited number of 'spells' with clearly defined effects, however these are very powerful, but subtle effects, related to spying, manipulating the social system and controling the influence system. The two "hermetic orders" gain there power by making deals with spirits, so while they keep their oaths, they can set a elemental of fire to destroy a building or cloak them selfs in shadow and forgetfulness. The system is based upon making a deal, what the spirit can offer is based upon its nature.  The Cads have no control over their power, but luck is always with them, this manifests in part by referee manipulating the enviroment to be in the characters favour, and offering them extra bonus to rolls, however, there luck can run out, and it can go against them, if they donot keepup a suitible chaotic life style.


Is it focused on social intrigue, and how does that work in your system?
I am working on an influence system, but i am not sure i can sumerise it yet.


Oh, and is there anything about the design right now that you're not sure about and that we can maybe help you with?

Really, the core problem i am having right now is what to run it of, i am thinking of using a version of fusion to help with the development of the setting,until i can find something better
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Eldrad
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 04:29:52 PM »

Hi Ben your setting is somewhat similar to my 14 year old setting The Olde Realm. Very cool.

Take a look.
My cities in the Olde Realm are over a million people. Kinda like a renaissance version of the cyberpunk genre.
http://www.indie-rpgs.com/forum/index.php?topic=24072.0
Here is a play test.
http://www.indie-rpgs.com/forum/index.php?topic=24247.0

So what do the cities look like? How are the people dressed?

What were the influences to the setting of this game?

Possible collaboration?

Keep on posting! Looks very cool.

Eldrad



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BenW
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 10:37:17 PM »

Hi Ben your setting is somewhat similar to my 14 year old setting The Olde Realm. Very cool.

Take a look.
My cities in the Olde Realm are over a million people. Kinda like a renaissance version of the cyberpunk genre.
http://www.indie-rpgs.com/forum/index.php?topic=24072.0
Here is a play test.
http://www.indie-rpgs.com/forum/index.php?topic=24247.0

So what do the cities look like? How are the people dressed?

What were the influences to the setting of this game?

Possible collaboration?

Keep on posting! Looks very cool.

Eldrad


Erg...who ever invented mornings needs a good kicking. I haven't finished reading your thread yet Eldrad, but i'll answer some of the questions i can now.


So what do the cities look like? It will tend to vary, I hope. But as a general rule, smog covered, packed with mills, and factories. Poor areas are winding narrow and clostrophobic. In the heart of the cities, those buildings associated with institutions are built to monumental scale.

How are the people dressed?
The fashions of the day are pretty much in line with those of the regency. However some
of the youth cultures have their own fashions, specially the grays, who have a destinctly Emo touch to their fashion sense.

What were the influences to the setting of this game?
Cyberpunk 2020, Mage, orpheus, A little bit of sharpe and a does of the dresden files
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