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  • Aragon, king now, shows up and it becomes clear that there is a side of himself he doesn't feel he can express with Liv Tyler.
  • Dishonoured dead Rohirrim warriors are haunting her. These warriors blame her, but were cowards that trailed the other Rohirrim riders and were ambushed by Uruk hai
  • Precisely!Yes this was basically your point earlier. I asked for more general questions because I was working it out and to leave room for someone else's version of "how to prompt to develop the locus of next session" to be better than my vague noti…
  • I made a little xp chart. Prompt helped me write something to add pressure - 4 xp Prompt helped me write something to relieve pressure - 2 xp Prompt helped Me write something else interesting - 1 xp Our thread garnered 55 xp by that measure, bu…
  • Your crystal has crash landed here in the material plane. It didn't have time to make up memories for you so you've emerged half-loaded, just basic shape and aptitudes. The crystal says it will try to tell you how to fix it later, but for now you'…
  • Paul - that's making me think of another experiment I could do... see how fruitful the questions are when I do it. But I'm so confident in its success that it would start to blur the line between "develop new prep techniques" and "help Ryan get his…
  • It hadn't really occurred to me to look to people outside the game to help me with the gameI think this is really common and I want to break us out of that. We can help each other get ready for the next great session, rather than writing the next g…
  • Yeah, definitely. I think a forum is awesome but I don't want to be "paint this fence for me" guy. Would anybody be interested in doing a kind of group thing, take turns focusing on a GM?
  • N no-no no-no no - your OWN group shouldn't be saying this. You should be asking this of your friend who is a GM. Your friend is running a game but you're not in it. (The one playgroup was asking to help me prep for the *other* playgroup) This…
  • (One other thing that I learned, which makes this hard to do in a one-to-Many communication format: it's easier if Start by focusing the GM's attention on something fairly close to the PCs, and staying close to there. This was really good when I got…
  • BEEP! This thread is over and I learned a lot! I'm going to write the postmortem in another thread.
  • Should I be concerned here, if I practice my craft?Depends on your species. What are you? In order of prosperous to stoned to death, I would say: If you're one of these, I've heard your music is incredibly beautiful: Droplet (think of a trapdoor …
  • Where is the best place to catch the sunrise?Weirdly enough, the best place to see it is actually from the roof of Jarru's tannery in the human quarter, marketside. That place stinks but it's converted from a squat tower and from there you can see …
  • What's the one thing which decorates this place which is really incredibly out-of-place, and doesn't - or shouldn't - belong here? Normally, any sign of the Hive in the city would be stamped out and destroyed utterly. But one building, clearly of Hi…
  • (is it a great way to prep? It's a great way to create forum posts where I get to be a low-budget Judd Karlman, but I only a small portion helps prep the actual game I'm actually running with humans. BUT that's for the postmortem, which I'm going …
  • (Well this process has 3 things that make it easier: 1. You guys are interested on some level. You're interested enough to *ask* and probably interested enough to read the answers to your own questions. 2. We got a bit "off track" and we're sta…
  • Fold and surround https://www.dropbox.com/s/bkjtlpzhtztl5h5/fold.png?dl=0
  • That was a lot of text. Why am I still awake? Did someone ask about what's under the city? Shum fish farms in the caverns, definitely.
  • The city itself sits on a set of plateaus (like terrace farms but bigger steps) where a river once made its descent to the sea in a series of wide waterfalls. The river is now underground and buried. Notably the lowest cliff towards the sea is sti…
  • What's the basic layout of the city like? What is especially compelling about the city's building architecture?I had despaired that I had made the city's layout impossible but I had a new idea and I will try a sketch tomorrow. As for architectur…
  • How can the pacifism pollen be detected, before it's too late? it's already too late - the pollen (and related substances that certain species eggs are ritually treated with) is the basic reason that the city can exist. If all 3 of the surviving rea…
  • What are the ruby-like seeds used for in the city?They are the key ingredient in rejuvenation potion, which extends the lives of monastics and matriarchs but can be further turned towards the black art of grafting.
  • Is it true that the slug-like shum, when prepared a certain way, are a rare, gourmet treat, or is my companion playing a prank on me? Your friend is not a friend. There are rumours of Shum being eaten this way by monastics at their lavish parties. …
  • If you chop down a tree, can its wood be used for making any kind of enchanted item?The cellular "factory" structures contained in certain pockets of the tree would be of great interest to microbiologists, but once cut down the trees are more or les…
  • How does one communicate with a tree on the Mound?One more point - although it was originally a hill the dome of the Mound has actually been built over top of the entire hill. A honeycomb shade lattice covers the top of the dome, letting in optim…
  • How does one communicate with a tree on the Mound?For matriarchs (local custom refers to the one male monarch as a matriarch, also) only: Write a letter, run it by a monastic that is very out of touch with reality, who converts it to a chant with a …
  • Clarification: the general populace (mantis, clicker, human, Shum, whatever) kid completely in the dark about the trees.nthe council of matriarchs is said to have 4 "hidden matriarchs" who are variously described as spirits, immortal recluses, hidin…
  • The trees then engaged in a frenzied process of learning how to communicate with the mantises. In this they were finally successful, and brokered peace between their sometimes-squabbling thralls before they went completely extinct. Trees got saf…
  • I feel like I'm revealing too much, but for you guys, OK. This isn't really about the Tong grounds, but it IS about my prep experiment so here goes: The trees engaged in a kind of genocidal warfare against one another over the perceived impuritie…
  • Are you referring to the ringing sound coming out of the oubliette, the hate-pollen of trees on the Mound, or the panic caused by multiple Tong pointing at something in or near the human ghetto?
  • Who really built it and what was its original purpose?The original purpose was as a Great Mantis bastion against the Fluttermantis forces, before the peace. But even this is something of a lie. Both races were manipulated by the battle for dominio…
  • Vincent Baker's Murderous Ghosts is literally designed for two players (one player, one GM), and it plays in a very short amount of time, and is replayable. I'm not sure it does the gutwrenching, though.It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten …
  • Why are no metal instruments (tools, weapons, etc) allowed in the sub-basements? The stated reason is to ensure no one starts tunnelling. But in fact certain metal items react to the precursor stones.
  • Is there a celebration of something coming up?Yes, Kit't'kat'kei is planning his 16 year anniversary party. He will invite several other monastic nobles and other notables to the Grounds, where he will eliminate the ones he thinks are threats to the…
  • What's that strange noise coming from the oubliette and why only at those times?That hum, heard every sixty days or so for a few hours, is actually from additional precursor artifacts that are embedded in solid rock. The oubliette is the deepest par…
  • How are those strange "Z" shaped markings in the southern wall related to the martial art that supposedly was developed in this place? The "Z" shapes represent mantis Tong who died in training in the early years of the city. The simple markers of th…
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  • Uh. What's it called? Who is there? What for?The Grounds, or more properly the Tong Training Grounds. It is the primary meeting place for the Tong caste of the predominantly insectoid city of Fold. It is arranged like a large connected series of gar…
  • How are communications sent to control power. The key to the communication structure is the Tong masks. Tong carry two masks that represent their role - the light mask of wakefulness and the dark mask of sleep. A Tong signals danger to others by don…
  • What's the thing that everyone knows but pretend not to?The Tong who make this complex their home are well aware that there are seditious elements within the city, and fear that their leader Kit't'kat'kei is one of them. But their ritual conditionin…
  • What is the small and hidden place of quiet beauty at the heart of the complex, and what cruel and terrible history does it hide? The sand garden, obviously. Incredibly still, cultivated with an inhuman patience, particular types of sand carefully a…
  • What is the subliminal message that can only be seen from a certain vantage point or elevation?When viewed from the eastern parapet the whole complex looks like an enormous mantis, bowing in supplication towards the holy mound of the matriarchs.
  • Does it rain? Yes, but rarely rarely. When it does the rain is channeled down the rooftops into tin buckets chained in a circle. Runoff from the main building is funnelled into the oubliette.
  • how many people/PCs/monsters could fit in there at once?About 600 if it were completely full of people (like a party, or stationing a garrison there for emergency purposes for a few hours), but usually more like 120.
  • When the players look at me, eyes full of hope, I always want to be able to add pressure to the situation. Seeing a person in need adds pressure, as does a threat, as does a problem or a risk or a hard move. So this is half of the prep for a give…
  • But in actual play it turned out those were not easy to reference. So I moved from left to right, least dangerous to most dangerous. Then it became clear that there were really way fewer lists.
  • So that's 4 (TRAP) + 3 (OPE) + 2 (R / H) + 1 (T) for 10 lists that I need
  • Oh, and a list of "texture" elements or sensations. Because I always forget to make things colourful / being in incidental smells and sounds
  • Really it's a straight evolution from that, and from In A Wicked Age, and Apocalypse World It started with me bringing TRAP lists, plus lists of People in Need, Objects of Desire, and Events that add pressure (IAWA) and Risks (for 7-9) / Hard Move…