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Posted By: John HarperThis is wonderful. I love the way you've presented this, John. Can't wait to use it!
Posted By: Paul T.I particularly love the GM advice. So much good stuff on so little space!
Posted By: Paul T.One question: what's the "first say" business? Is that a Psi*Run thing?
In my opinion, it builds on the idea of what a roleplaying game is in Apocalypse World..."Roleplaying is a conversation. You and the other players go back and forth, talking about these fictional characters in their fictional circumstances doing whatever it is that they do. Like any conversation, you take turns, but it’s not like taking turns, right? Sometimes you talk over each other, interrupt, build on each others’ ideas, monopolize. All fine."Strangely, the last part above is one of the few things I don't like about Apocalypse World in play. All of the games I've been in (with a wide assortment of groups and people) have had uneven spotlight where less outspoken players get less of a turn. In Psi*Run, roleplaying is like a conversation except there is an explicit structure to who says what and when. When you describe something that might go wrong, is dangerous, or might trigger a memory, you roll dice. You split up your roll among multiple categories but you have a choice of which dice go in which category. Do you put your low dice in the Goal category thus losing your Goal, do you put your high dice in the Reveal category, thus ensuring you remember who you are? But it's not all about winning and losing. It's also about who gets to say how you win or lose. "First Say" tells us who gets first say in describing or defining how you win or lose in a specific category. The reason it is "First Say" and not "Only Say" is because it's all a conversation and other people can offer details but the rules are explicit on who gets to drive the conversation in that particular topic at that specific time. But it's also a choice, you choose which dice go in which category. So if you want "First Say" allocate your dice according to your hearts desire!
Posted By: jenskotThe "roll to show off how awesome you are" never came up.
Posted By: David BergPosted By: jenskotThe "roll to show off how awesome you are" never came up.
I got the book this morning, read it in 30 minutes, and was running the game an hour later. Which really is hard to beat, speed to table wise.