Archive for April 3rd, 2008

Sorcémon Sheet 0.2

2008 Apr 3

Continuing to tweak this, now in color.

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Still not happy with the Tree of Knowledge. Vincent’s “Tree of Life” symbol is fantastic, but I can’t quite get it to do what I want, since the branches of the tree (now the roots) make it hard to figure out where to place the labels for the core attributes.

I drew the little figure there to show how I want the character illustrations (included, since the game uses fixed starting characters ala Final Fantasy) to pop out a bit from the borders just like the heading text.

I throw Aspects up there, but I’m not sure exactly how I’m gonna steal from SOTC yet. Clearly compels are a pretty hot little technique, though I might use them John Harper “no cost to avoid a compel” style.

Have no clue how the demon vs. demon mechanics work yet, so that part of the sheet is very vague. I imagine the writeups for your demons will go on another sheet, unless I can make them super simplified, along the lines of Afraid NPCs, just bunches of dice that you roll, with the color and abilities completely improvised. That seems less fun, though. Maybe demons could just be bunches of dice with descriptive traits attached for color? Not sure.

Background: The Shab-al-Hiri Manuscript

2008 Apr 3

Dr. William Appleby-Jenkins, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology, discovered a mysterious arcane manuscript hidden deep in a cave near the Shab-al-Hiri potash mine. After bringing the text back to Pemberton University for closer examination, he discovered that it was none other than the lost and dreaded Devilexicon, a complete account of all 133,316,666 traitorous angels that fell following the War in Heaven, written in Eve’s own flowing script on papyrus made from the Tree of Knowledge.

After deciphering the prophetic inscriptions in the foul book, Dr. Appleby-Jenkins knew the Endtimes were close at hand, but both he and his wife had succumbed to the foul temptations of a roach demon that had lain in waiting between the manuscript’s pages. Thinking of the future and using all his strength to resist the roach’s commands, the professor locked the Devilexicon deep within the bowels of the Pemberton Library and left detailed instructions for his yet unborn child, explaining how to recover it.

Months later, the Rapture occurred. A third of humanity, marked on the forehead as members of the Blesséd, transcended to a higher plane. A further third of humanity, along with all of animal-kind, were also taken away, not counted among the Blesséd, but not doomed to spend eternity on the charred husk of the earth as one of the Damned. Both Dr. Appleby-Jenkins and his pregnant wife, due to their consorting with the roach demon, were counted among that final third, left to be the playthings of demons.

Generally, unborn children were counted among the Blesséd and violently wrenched from the wombs of any mothers counted among the Damned, heading straightaway to Paradise. However, Lilith Appleby-Jenkins was born right as the Rapture was taking place and, as such, came into this scorched, sinful world marked as one of the Blesséd, the only pure soul to be left behind, the Damsel Messiah.

Not wanting their newborn daughter to fall into the roach’s clutches, the professor’s wife placed her in the care of Rev. Gaylord Talley, Pemberton’s chaplain, who took her far away. The roach, now grown to enormous proportions, revealing its true form, devoured both Dr. Appleby-Jenkins and his wife for their disobedience.

Twelve years later, a young Lilith Talley sits at the bedside of her dying “father,” the only parent she has ever known, only to hear him say that, in fact, her surname is Appleby-Jenkins and her real father left her a series of papers which lead to a lost secret that can help humanity fight back against the demons. However, in order to decipher her father’s notes and track down the hidden Devilexicon, she must first seek out the assistance her father’s favorite student… Regina Sutton.

This is where play begins.

Possible Dark Secrets for Lilith Talley Appleby-Jenkins

  • has power, not because of being Blesséd, but because her mother was Roached when she was born
  • is actually the daughter of Gaylord Talley
  • player’s choice

Possible Dark Secrets for Regina Sutton

  • is actually Lilith’s mother
  • is actually a servant of the Roach
  • is actually Eve herself, the author of the Devilexicon
  • player’s choice

Brief Notes

2008 Apr 3

Eric Pinnick ran Agon last night at SGBoston. It was glory-tastic, as usual. We had a jokester character named Fantasticles and that didn’t harm the vibe at all. How can you not love everything John Harper touches? The dude is magic.

Lukas Myhan sent me an email a few days back, saying:

I ran Geiger Counter at Gamestorm this weekend! Tentacled spider aliens thoroughly ravaged an asteroid mining facility, with only one survivor getting away in an escape pod. Reactions to the game from the people playing it were very positive.

Awesome. I can’t wait for the full writeup. Thanks, Lukas!

Also, my favorite used academic bookstore is moving closer to me and was having a moving sale (two great developments, together!) so I picked up this book on galactic structure from 1963. Seems like that should be accurate enough for Fingers on the Firmament. Also, ever since Fate, the core rules of Spirit of the Century, went OGL, I’ve been thinking about how much fun it would be to hack some bits of it onto the d20 OGL material for Firmament. I’m sure some other people have Fate20 hacks out there, though, so I wanna check those out first.

Finally, I’ve been pondering how to get the demons in Sorcémon to grow in power over time, like pocket monsters are supposed to, and I think the answer lies in Beast Hunters. As Nathan would say, “Niiiice!” Also, the mysterious woman is clearly Regina Sutton, the Demon Slayer. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.