At Dreamation this past weekend, I ran three sessions of my social sandbox, City of Brass
. This is a game I've run a dozen or two sessions of before the convention, and the sessions are usually low-fantasy, with few exceptions.
The second session at Dreamation "went to eleven" in an epic, amazing way.Setup
I have index cards with unsolved problems on them. I dropped six or so of those on the table. I also had players roll 2d12 twice on my problem chart, and added those two problems.
Here are some of the problems that were on the table:
A new gang in town, the Queens of Chaos.
In my mind, all I knew about them was that they were an all-female gang and that they were a 5th level adventuring party with anarchist (chaotic) tendencies.
A low-level gang of racist thugs, the Brass Clubs
, who have been bothering the PCs in my games for about ten sessions now. Infamously, they're also responsible for a total party kill
on four members of the commune (NPCs). The players were able to determine that they were indeed from a vampire, presumably way too powerful for them to deal with directly.A racist blacksmith
has been getting increasingly nastier to many of the nonhuman members of the commune. His shop is near the entrance to the commune, too.Preface
Usually in these games, players attack one problem at a time--not because I enforce that as a rule, but because that seems to be their own strategy. This time, much because William Nichols and Misha B. were at the table and they're more used to story games like Dungeon World and whatnot, they seemed to have fewer mental blocks to making crazy stuff happen in the fiction.
I'm not saying that another group might not have done this. One huge factor
was the introduction of these Queens of Chaos into the fiction. But certainly, the creativity of the players set off a powder keg of awesomeness.What happened
The players basically tried to point a bunch of problems at each other and solve them that way. The goal was to get the Queens of Chaos to fight the Brass Clubs, and get one of those groups to go deal with the vampire.
But then they met the Queens of Chaos and something else happened.