So its been a while since I've wrote anything here. My posts were getting more political and more religious which I felt didn't belong *here* and was never what I intended this journal to be. That said I kept writing on such topics, I just did it elsewhere. My attention being on those subjects, I haven't had a lot to say otherwise. Life, as usual, is life.
In August I celebrated my birthday by taking some friends out to Flemmings steakhouse
, which was incredible!
I've still been running my Eberron campaign, though I haven't even updated it on Obsidian portal for the last four sessions or so. I think as of this last session my players have finally grasped what I had intended for the game, they are starting to be proactive instead of reactive.
So just some quick catching up on my life, which is what this journal was intended to do. That said I had an idea for a game last night that I wanted to write down and give people a chance to see and comment on. I still have my Eberron game going, so this is not something I will pick up anytime soon, but if I don't write it down I'll forget about it. But I would also like some feedback, if people like this idea I'd be more interested in pursuing actually running it, otherwise it'll just be an idea.
Mage: The Ascension is a game I really like to think about. The way it handles magic and reality is a great exercise in thought and possibility. Having come to understand each of the different Traditions as having wholly different worldviews has opened up to me a better grasp of how the game is supposed to work. So it has given me an itch to play it. As always though, the curse of the GM is that if you want to play a particular game, you have to run it.
So I've been thinking somewhat about how I might like to run a Mage game, a little bit here and there only as I have a lot of other things to think about. Last night I had an apostrophe, lightning struck my brain. What if, at the beginning of each session I were to shuffle a tarot deck, and then were to pass out cards to each of my players? What if I were to use the cards they selected to build the events that would then happen? I would start out with my own translations of the cards, and this would give the players a chance to read the cards for themselves and attempt to decode my understandings. In this way they would be able to see into the future in a matter of speaking. I'm pretty good at translating die rolls as to what it means happened within the game (or at least I think I am). Translating randomly selected cards wouldn't be too much different.
So I thought as a structure, perhaps each player gets two cards, one face up, the other face down. I can translate off the face up card, and they can keep the face down card for their own use. By leaving that open I can see what they do with the card and perhaps fit it into how my game story works. The game itself would be less about presenting a problem and letting the characters react to said problem, and would be more about everyone building the story together. Die rolls would not be a big thing, combat would most likely be generically handled, a lot of it would come down to seeing how everyone interprets the cards as they have been presented.
Now I am by no means a reader of tarot cards, I don't even have a deck and would certainly need to get one. But I thought it was an interesting idea, and I wanted to toss that out there to see if anyone else finds it interesting as well. I'd want a small group, if I'm handing out a lot of random cards each game that means I have a lot of things about which to interpret, and the more people the slower the game goes. Four people would probably be best, and that would mean I'd have six cards to interpret every game (one for each player that is face up, and two for me). It sounds interesting, at least to me. I could easily see this as a frustrating style of play for some, so I won't be disappointed if noone responds. But if anyone else finds this interesting, let me know, we could at least discuss it over emails or something and maybe come up with a more solid concept of what I have in mind.