Montsegur 1244 - Expansion Set: Vote for scene cards

In this thread you can vote for the scene cards you wish to see included in the Montsegur 1244 Expansion Set. See the project outline here.

Vote for up to 8 scene cards by replying to this post. The vote ends on January 31st 2010.

Here is the shortlist of scene cards you can vote on:
  1. A quietly spoken prayer
  2. The acrid odor of burning hair
  3. The warm embrace of a loved one
  4. Pennants snapping in the breeze
  5. Woven fabric against the naked skin
  6. A stolen kiss upon cold lips
  7. Embers glowing in the dark
  8. Something shattering followed by an oath
  9. A long kiss on warm, soft lips
  10. The taste of spoilt ale
  11. The sound of steel upon steel
  12. The warm smell of a child
  13. A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
  14. A hound baying mournfully
  15. A distant rumble of thunder
  16. The lively sound of music

Comments

  • # The acrid odor of burning hair
    # Pennants snapping in the breeze
    # Woven fabric against the naked skin
    # A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    # Embers glowing in the dark
    # A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    # A hound baying mournfully
    # The lively sound of music
  • # The acrid odor of burning hair
    # A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    # The taste of spoilt ale
    # A hound baying mournfully
    # The lively sound of music
  • I'm not that keen on these, actually. I thought the ones in the original game were more cleverly judged.

    # Pennants snapping in the breeze
    # The taste of spoilt ale

    Graham
    1. The warm embrace of a loved one
    2. Pennants snapping in the breeze
    3. The sound of steel upon steel
    4. The warm smell of a child
    5. A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    6. A hound baying mournfully
    7. A distant rumble of thunder
    8. The lively sound of music
  • edited December 2009
    It's good form commenting about the choices during the votation? If not, I will turn this into a whisper...

    In my experience, scene cards works very well when they can be used as a springboard for the START of a scene, but are easily forgot afterwards. And they are very useful as a "reminder" about having sensory descriptions during the framing of a scene. So, for example, if you have a card that talk about smoke, you begin the scene talking about that smoke, "fix" the location, give a description of what people smell, see, hear, etc, and the the camera "move on" to the scene.

    So I did choose the scene cards that had that kind of sensory "realism", but did not steal the scene. Even "the warm embrace of a loved one" can be used to start almost any scene, and so I voted for it, while i find other like "the taste of spoilt ale" or "the acrid odor of burnt hair" too scene-stealing or melodramatic.
  • Comments on your choices are welcome.

    @Graham: Feel free to elaborate on why you find the original better.
  • Posted By: Frederik J. Jensen
    A quietly spoken prayer
    Embers glowing in the dark
    A long kiss on warm, soft lips
    The sound of steel upon steel
    Woven fabric against the naked skin
    A hound baying mournfully
    A distant rumble of thunder
    The lively sound of music
    A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    I think I share with Moreno the love for cards that have sensory reference and are inspirational but not too specific :)
  • edited December 2009
    I like the sensory reference thing too!

    Here's a bit of elaboration.

    The original scene cards are, almost always, about a single smell, taste, sound or visual image. When it's a visual image, it's pretty vague. As such, they're open to many interpretations. They add inspiration to a scene, but don't dictate it.

    Many of these are more specific. The stolen kiss, for example, comes close to dictating the scene. The warm embrace of a loved one dictates something that must happen in the scene, presumably to the main characters. So does the woven fabric against naked skin, which puts lots of elements into play. The pennants are open only to a limited range of interpretations. The lively sound of music doesn't just tell us what we hear: it tells us how it feels. And so on.

    There's also a sense, in the original cards, of them happening in the distance or in the background. Many of these cards force themselves into the foreground.

    So I prefer the originals, really.

    I like the new Story Cards, though. They're fun.

    Graham
  • Oh, God, sorry. I didn't mean to kill the thread.

    Um. Quick. Everyone cast some votes for stuff, otherwise I actually will have killed the thread, and that'll be really embarrassing.

    Graham
  • I quite liked these

    8. Something shattering followed by an oath
    7. Embers glowing in the dark
    14. A hound baying mournfully
    10. The taste of spoilt ale
  • A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    The warm smell of a child
    Embers glowing in the dark
    A hound baying mournfully
    The acrid odor of burning hair
    A distant rumble of thunder
  • Thanks, Graham. It is a balance though - the primary purpose of the scene cards is to gently enforce that scenes are described with different senses throughout the game. Secondarily, I'm fine with if some of them also can inspire a scene more directly.

    The shortlist of story cards for voting will come up within a few days - characters will follow later - they require a bit more work to fit in.
  • The acrid odor of burning hair
    The warm embrace of a loved one
    Pennants snapping in the breeze
    A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    Embers glowing in the dark
    Something shattering followed by an oath
    The sound of steel upon steel
    The lively sound of music
  • Bump. 6 days to go.
  • 1. A quietly spoken prayer
    7. Embers glowing in the dark
    8. Something shattering followed by an oath
    10. The taste of spoilt ale
    11. The sound of steel upon steel
    14. A hound baying mournfully
    15. A distant rumble of thunder
    16. The lively sound of music
  • Exit poll:

    7 votes for #14: A hound baying mournfully
    7 votes for #16: The lively sound of music
    6 votes for #7: Embers glowing in the dark
    4 votes for #2: The acrid odor of burning hair
    4 votes for #4: Pennants snapping in the breeze
    4 votes for #6: A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    4 votes for #11: The sound of steel upon steel
    4 votes for #15: A distant rumble of thunder
    ---
    3 votes for #8: Something shattering followed by an oath
    3 votes for #10: The taste of spoilt ale
    3 votes for #13: A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    2 votes for #1: A quietly spoken prayer
    2 votes for #3: The warm embrace of a loved one
    2 votes for #5: Woven fabric against the naked skin
    2 votes for #12: The warm smell of a child
    1 vote for #9: A long kiss on warm, soft lips

    Still half a day before the polling closes.
  • Acrid odor of burning hair
    A stolen kiss on cold lips
    A quietly spoken prayer
    A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    The taste of spoiled ale
  • Voting has ended. Final results (using my preferences as tie breaker):

    7 votes for #14: A hound baying mournfully
    7 votes for #16: The lively sound of music
    6 votes for #7: Embers glowing in the dark
    5 votes for #2: The acrid odor of burning hair
    5 votes for #6: A stolen kiss upon cold lips
    4 votes for #4: Pennants snapping in the breeze
    4 votes for #11: The sound of steel upon steel
    4 votes for #15: A distant rumble of thunder
    ---
    4 votes for #10: The taste of spoilt ale
    4 votes for #13: A shooting star disappearing as suddenly as it appeared
    3 votes for #8: Something shattering followed by an oath
    3 votes for #1: A quietly spoken prayer
    2 votes for #3: The warm embrace of a loved one
    2 votes for #5: Woven fabric against the naked skin
    2 votes for #12: The warm smell of a child
    1 vote for #9: A long kiss on warm, soft lips

    Thanks to all who participated.
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