Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Progress Update

Disclaimer: This is being written about a project that is in progress, and is an attempt to give you a glimpse of the process of making the game. Abilities and powers discussed in this blog post my not reflect the final product.

Still working on a non-boring title, suggestions are welcome.

Unfortunately I don’t have any art to show you this week, but I do have some updates about the art. The art team is working on the final sketches of the remaining Norse and Hindu Pantheon portraits. Hopefully they will be shareable soon. Also, J&A have met with the artist who will be creating the Cosmology Maps which they are both really excited about.

Systems-wise, J&A are currently spending each week focused on the final polish for the Aspect Webs, last week they  focused specifically on Blessings in the Hunter Aspect. Each Aspect Web is going to be made up of twenty powers and their challenge is making sure that all paths through the web are compelling without having any Blessings that feel mandatory. More specifically, an area that has needed extra attention is Pursuit. Pursuit deals with moving quickly from point A to point B. The problem is that just moving faster doesn't feel particularly mythic, so they’re working on ways to make speed be more dynamic.

Next week, they will be tackling the Leader Aspect.

Some of you have been asking about the Combat Video. John and Anne want to let you know they haven’t forgotten about it and it will be coming once schedules align again. They're working on having that happen sooner rather than later.

Now, some of your questions.

Will a difference be pointed out or made apparent in stats between those who are simply god-touched and those who are children of divine patrons? In fact, will it even be allowed?

It will definitely be allowed, though this difference will be mostly flavor, and left up to your GM. Your patron might hold a chosen hero to a higher standard, because after all they chose that person, whereas their child might get some more leeway. There may be minor mechanical differences but will most likely not be reflected in stats, but instead by minor powers.

What effects does your choice of Pantheon and God have on your character?

"If we could dredge up something forgotten not only by ourselves but by our whole generation or our entire civilization, we should become indeed the boonbringer, the culture hero of the day—a personage of not only local but world historical moment." -Joseph Campbell

Pantheon and God choice will definitely have an effect on your character, the emphasis of this will lean lean towards your pantheon. In Hero’s Journey your character will be part of a new age of heroes and what is important is not just that they are a hero, but judged to be a hero by the standards of your pantheon.

That's it for today!

Well, ok there’s one more thing. A small update on The Hero's Journey Novel, Anne let me know that those of you familiar with the characters on the old site may recognize some of the characters.

Also, shout out to griffinguy24, awesome post on The Spiritual Domain, some really good ideas there.

Have a great weekend!