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Started by Frank Tarcikowski, August 03, 2007, 10:32:56 AM
QuoteSelf-Control, Commitment, Savageness; Impulse, Revolt, Hunger ... well, I know you've worked out how these cross-reference with one another for different situations, but to my poor tired brain, a lot of those situations look pretty much the same to me.
QuoteMeanwhile I've had the chance to check the game out and play it a few times, once (briefly) with Ron himself. I really do like it.
QuoteI do think that this tapping thing with controlling the dragon is really crucial to my vision of the game. I want it to be the player's choice to let the dragon take over, and I want it to be really, really powerful.
QuoteOf what I tell you now, you must keep absolute privacy. The system does not workjust the way it is supposed to. Whoever is all devoted and disciplined, all of the time?Who can be expected to not live and feel and love? Especially when you can sensethat enormous heart of your Dragon companion beating in heat.Ferocity and I have linked our minds for years. She is closer to me than any otherliving being in the universe. She considers me a part of her. To her, we are oneperson. And I have come to feel much the same way. I know I must be careful lest Ibecome a monster. But honestly: Sometimes she is right. I have urges, too. There ismore to life than just reason. Why should my desires not be satisfied sometimes?And there is one thing more. I can channel the power of her Gift. If we join forces, if Ilet her have her way, she enhances my psychic capability by a square. I can doamazing things using her. Depending on the situation, it can be sweet temptation ordesperate measure. I have used it. I will use it again.People say I am not acting quite human any more. There is something predatoryabout me. That happens a lot with Lancers. The Code is very strict on this, but theCode is only enforced by people. They cannot possibly accuse two out of threeLancers. And it is not like I was on the verge of turning Savage. I control it. There isno need to worry about me.
QuoteLet's go back to your Character Sheet now. You see Self-Control and Impulsestanding opposed, and Hunger opposing Commitment. Between those two, therestand your Relationships. Now, in the back of his mind, the Dragon is always awareof what happens to the Lancer. And once its animal instincts are roused, they willrage through the bond over to the Lancer's mind and batter it.Any time one of the Relationships, or something else that equally poses a threat orrouses a desire, is at Stake in a conflict, the Dragon may stir. Check the relevantscores: Is his Hunger higher than your Commitment? Is his Impulse higher than yourSelf-Control? If so, he stirs. If not, he is still dozing. But beware: If you draw apersona card (jake, queen, or king) in the conflict, he will stir.If the Dragon stirs, draw a number of cards equal to his Impulse or Hunger(whichever is concerned). Discard all red cards. For each black card remaining, theplayer must tap one of his red cards and not use them in the conflict. This representsthe effort it takes to control the Dragon. On the other hand, this allows the player tobring in traits that aid him against the Dragon.The player may untap the cards that hold the Dragon at bay and use it in the conflict.If he does so, however, he allows the Dragon to take over. He can use all his tappedcards and the cards from the Dragon in his conflict, but he must act by pure instinctand urge. His Savageness goes up by 1 if he only uses his own cards, by 2 if he usesthe Dragon's cards as well.