Archive for September 18th, 2008

The Oracle Must Be Consulted

2008 Sep 18

In a Wicked Age-style oracles for running The Matrix. Just a sketch right now, but I’m going to try to keep working on them. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Basically my thought right now is that individual sessions are built by rolling on the Broadcast / Desert tables to acquire a mixture of Matrix / Real World issues and then the Oracle / Need an Exit tables are used when the situation demands. Right now, I’m building models of the tables based on quotes from the movie, to try to develop the right voice, but eventually these will be generalized.

Exactly What I Needed to Hear
Consult this oracle when a character consults The Oracle.

“But you already know what I’m going to tell you.”
“You’ve already made the choice. Now you have to understand it.”
“I love candy.”
“Sorry, kid. You got the gift but looks like you’re waiting for something.”
“He’s going to sacrifice his life to save yours.”
“One of you is going to die. Which one, will be up to you.”
“All I can do is tell you that your friend needs your help.”
“You are a bastard, you know that?”
“Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming, I see the darkness spreading. I see death.”
“I’d ask you to sit down, but, you’re not going to anyway. And don’t worry about the vase.”
“You’re cuter than I thought. I can see why she likes you.”
“That’s the way these things go.”
“I wanna tell you a little secret, being the One is just like being in love. No one needs to tell you you are in love, you just know it, through and through.”

Agents Are Coming / I Need an Exit
Consult this oracle when a character is trying to get out of The Matrix or has gained the attention of Agents.

“You always told me to stay off the freeway. You said it was suicide.”
“Franklin and Erie. An old T.V. repair shop.”
“It just went dead.”

The Desert of the Real
Consult this oracle when the characters return to the real world.

“The machines have gathered an army and that army is drawing nearer to our home.”
“Are you here to escort me to the stockade, Captain?”

Prepare to Broadcast / I Know Kung Fu / Guns, Lots of Guns
Consult this oracle whenever the characters need a reason to enter The Matrix, which is almost always an excuse for a big fight scene at a great location.

“There is a building. Inside this building there is a level where no elevator can go, and no stair can reach. This level is filled with doors. These doors lead to many places. Hidden places. But one door is special. One door leads to the source.”
“The Keymaker is mine and I see no reason to give him up. No reason at all.”
“All of our lives, we have fought this war. Tonight I believe we can end it.”
“In five minutes, I’ll tear that whole goddamn building down.”
“Just follow the sirens.”
“We have the name of their next target.”