October 24, 2009
I’m participating in Nathan Paoletta’s Two Games One Name challenge. The name of my game is City of Refuge, and my constraint is “out-of-game interaction is punished by the game”. I chose this constraint for myself, because it seems to run opposite of my usual hippie tendencies.
My first thought was to go with a game about refugees, each of whom has a secret they must protect. Out of game interactions would be punished by allowing the GM to take certain actions against the secret if the player interacted out of game.
Refugees seems too easy though. So my other idea is that the City of Refuge is a city that essentially has no extradition laws. Anyone may live there as long as they don’t break the laws of the city. This leads to all manner of nasty people living peacefully in the city. The players play the peacekeepers of the City, protecting it’s residents from those who hunt for them. Not quite sure how to work the constraint in yet, but it may be something similar to the way I listed above.
June 8, 2009
I’ve added rules for adding a fourth player to Prehistoric Ties. I’ve also started keeping the latest version always in the same location. The version number at the bottom of each page will update as I make rule changes. The latest version can be found here.
February 18, 2009
I just finished rewriting Prehistoric Ties. I’m particularly happy with this as a basis for more playtesting.
You can find the newest version here.
January 29, 2009
There is always a knight, a princess, a dragon, and a wizard. That’s just the way it is. They don’t always need to be together, but each of them will appear at some point. Your three stages are always the living room, the office, and the bedroom, but your world is as large and varied as you can imagine.
Each of you should have brought ten small items. Keep five in front of you and put the rest into the center of the table. The items that you possess represent the power of your belief in the world.
Whenever your story moves to a new location, choose a stage different from the one you are currently using. Bring your location to life using everyday items found on the stage. A couch becomes the castle or a high mountain range and the rug is a moat or a river.If you make a suggestion that the group decides to go with, then take a single item out of the center of the table and add it to your pile.
Everyone should decide who they will play while they are in a location. A location always needs at least the knight, the princess, the dragon, or the wizard in it. If you want to wait until after your friends have started to play in the location, then announce who you are and join in.
If at any time one of your friends disagrees with something you’ve done while playing, then they can push forward items from their belief and declare an alternative. If you truly believe in what you did, then push forward an amount of items from your own belief that exceeds theirs. This continues until one of you is no longer willing to spend belief on the dispute. The winner places all of the items that they pushed forward into the central pile.
Stop playing after a wedding, or after it becomes clear that a wedding will never occur.