We played Weapons of the Gods tonight and it was fun.
I like the way that the dice hit the table and then you have choices to make, resources to spend, the River, and Joss. If you hit a mofo hard, ya really feel like you out-gamed him, which is fun.
I tried to pick up a fight with Jeff’s bad-ass bare-knuckle brawler but he wasn’t having it.
Lore Sheets are an ingenious way to concretely link the PC’s to the game’s fiction. The intro adventure that Storn ran had its own Lore Sheets that really dragged us right into the thick of it. Suddenly the tournament had meaning and we wanted to win. Jeff was retrieving his dead master’s porcelain servant girl, I was retrieving my twin sister’s stolen books and Jim was getting his beloved’s wedding dress in hopes of marrying her.
Jeff’s character was righteous, Jim’s was a scheming bastard and I think my guy was just pissed that he couldn’t go up into the mountains and study like an old man. He didn’t start off pissed but it just came out in play.
Like most games with these kinds of system buy-in, it will get better as the players master it. Burning Wheel/Empires, Spycraft 2.0 (I hear), the crunchier d20 stuff and Exalted all get better when the players at the table are bought into the crunch as much as they are bought into the color.
The game ran late and I accidently ate a piece of cracker that was attached to a piece of cheese that I devoured with alarming speed and volume (totally my own fault). So, I was a few minutes late to my soccer game and I watched a goal go in as I arrived, a goal I could’ve stopped.
We went down 5-1 before this older guy, late forties, early fifties, who just settled us down and got us passing right. As folks in the Wire would say, he got our shit correct. Ziggy didn’t do anything dramatic or fancy, just solid, simple passes that made sense.
We came back 6-6 only to lose 7-6. Rough loss but a fun game.
And now I’m out of the shower and the gluten has poisoned my chi, leaving my sorry ass exhausted.
I planned out my week on Google Calender with alerts that get texted to my phone. Things that need getting done have not been getting done. We’ll see how this works.