March 1, 2008 at the Wayward cafe in Seattle, we played In a Wicked Age
for about 3 hours. Players, clockwise around the table, were Alan (me), John, Ken, Pete, and Ogre.
As this was a first chapter, we talked and selected our oracle as a group and drew 4 cards.Oracle
: God Kings of War. Cards: 7S, 4D, 3H, 9D.
- The guardian spirit of a foolhardy, naive, reckless, and impressionable youth.
- The arrival of a hundred fearsome warships on an unprepared, prosperous, peaceful coast.
- An unspeakable demon of atrocity and rage, bound in chains for a 1000 years, aware suddenly of a minute loosening of his bonds.
- A much decorated company of the enemy's light cavalry.
After character creation, we used the Best Interest sheet I designed to create BIs. This worked well -- it centralized group attention and let us see the developing network. I'll attach or link to a scan of both our BI sheet and the map we developed.
For creating Best Interests, I found it helpful to encourage players to 1) choose something someone else can interfere with, and 2) name another character directly.http://www.alanbarclay.com/downloads/IaWAgameMarch01-2008.pdf
Atomus the Guardian spirit, Atomus (John)
Particular Strength: Entangling Fates
Best Interests to allow Arkamen to die; to see the invaders lose
Arkamen, the reckless youth, a cavalryman (Ken)
PS Daring Action
BI Kidnap Attrea to gain glory; stop the war
Tylorus, captain of the decorated cavalry (Pete)
PS Valorous Sacrifice
BI to find true love with Attrea; to utterly subjugate Arkadia
Karkimesh, chained demon of atrocity and rage (Ogre)
PS Incite violence through visions
BI to break his bonds; to see deadly conflict between Arkamen and an invader.
Attrea, sister to the Archon of Illium (who is held hostage in Hattusas)
PS Diplomacy [morphed]
BI to recruit Arkamen; to recruit the Demon for war
Thanis, ancient priest of the Chasm
PS Blood Rune Demon Binding
BI to release the demon; to bind the guardian
Gorgon, aged general of Illium.
PS Wisdom of War
BI to see Arkamen dead; to win the war
In a few seconds before play, I sketched a coastline, placed a city and came up with a few geographical names. The defenders were the Arkadians, with their main city of Illium. The invaders were using the island of Nota as a staging base for their 100 ships. We discussed which side Tylorus's cavalry was on and Pete said the invaders. Arkamen was one of his cavalrymen.