(if you're unfamiliar, Annalise is a GMless gothic horror story-game that centers around the efforts of sympathetic characters to fight some kind of malevolent force, conceptualized as the Vampire. for more info, the website
The epic journey that has been Annalise is coming to an end, and I am currently finishing up the Final Edition of the game for release at Gencon Indy! The game itself has stood up remarkably well since it's original release at Dex Con in 2008, but I've learned a lot about how to treat the book itself as a text and an artifact. The Final Edition will update, but not replace, any previous version of the game. The minor errata clarifications and one major rules change will be freely available for download.
What the Final Edition will
be is a book with more expanded introductory and explanatory material, a more intuitive organization, and an appendix full of Guided Play Scenarios, which are short documents that give the group a set of pre-made characters and setting in which to play a game of Annalise. Designed primarily for convention play, one-shots and "warm-up" play, there are currently four published Guided Play Scenarios, and I would love to have a fifth to round them out. Which is where you come in!
If you have an idea for a Guided Play Scenario and would like to have it published in the Final Edition, I want to hear your pitch! I'm looking for a brief description of an evocative setting, (2-3 sentences), and a description of four characters vulnerable to the dark forces of that setting (1-2 sentences each). For a model, check out any of the four existing scenarios:
- The Voyage of the Auspicious
- Dracula Reloaded
- The Wake of Zenas Quantum
- At The Crossroads of Sanctuary and Salvation
(also available for free download from my RPGNow store
I'll choose the pitch that I think has the most potential to deliver a really gripping play experience, (and that doesn't overlap with the other four), and work with the author to develop it into a full-fledged Guided Play Scenario for inclusion in the Final Edition of Annalise. If you are picked, you'll get a complimentary copy of the Final Edition as soon as I can send it to you.
Have a cool idea, but don't have the game? No problem. When you submit your pitch, whisper me your email and I'll send you a PDF.
Please post your pitches (and questions, comments &tc) in this thread. You have until June 6 (next Sunday) to enter; I'll pick a winner on the 7th.