Friday night at GPNW I played in a game of Montsegur 1244. Ryan Macklin facilitated the game for us and the game went very well. This was my third time playing. Each game has been completely different. It’s amazing how much replay value there is out of such a tight scenario.
I lobbied to have the handouts on the faith and the perfects read during act one instead of acts two and three. I think this information is important to get out early and will help any player who is not already familiar with the historical setting. Ryan agreed and we read the faith after the first scene and the perfects after the second or third.
Our game centered mostly around the Péreille family. Paul Tevis has talked about how M1244 has a number of sub games that show up during play. Any given game will center around one or two of these games and which games you end up with will depend on who the principle characters are. This variation is where the replay value comes from.
I think there are four sub games; family, sex, faith, and war. The family game centers around Raymond, Corba, Esclarmonde, Phillipa, and to a lesser extent Pierre Roger. The sex gave involves Pierre Roger, Phillipa, Arsande, and Bernard. The faith game shows up if Bertrand or Cecille are principles. Esclarmonde may, but not always, figure in to the faith game. Lastly there is the war game involving Pierre Roger, Bernard, Garnier, and to a lesser extent Raymond. The kids, Amiel and Faye, seem to be wild cards.
We had Raymond, Phillipa, Esclarmonde, Garnier, Corba, and Arsande as principle characters. In my experience Phillipa is always the center of attention. Arsande’s presence meant we had a little of the sex game. When Arsande is a principle the sex game will likely be there. Garnier can fit into the family game through his longing for Escarmonde. Garnier ended up being the father of Phillipa’s child do to a drunken escapade where he mistook Phillipa for Esclarmonde.
I played Raymond, who turned out to be a real bastard. Arsande revealed he was the one who “took her by force” at 15 in an attempt to guilt him into spiriting Amiel and Faye away to safety. Raymond responded by apologizing for not paying for her services, threw some coins at her, and walked off. Earlier he threatened to turn Cecille over to the inquisition if she continued to preach to his family. Both Phillipa, and Esclarmonde converted and took consolamentum. After loosing most of his fortune to the war and about to lose both of his daughters to the inquisition, Raymond decided to escape into the night and start over, abandoning his wife Corba.
Nobody played any of what I call the laser shark cards. Those are story cards that can drastically change the tone of the game; Witchcraft, Revelation, and The Grail.