Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Update

Disclaimer: This is being written about a project that is in progress, what is an attempt to give you a glimpse of the process of making the game and abilities and powers discussed in this blog my not work as described here.

First, for those of you waiting for the combat video, John & Anne are working on scheduling the filming for next week. After filming, it’ll be in the hands of the editing crew which I’m told will take about a week to add their polish. Hopefully it’ll be released in the next two weeks.

Unfortunately I still have no art to share this week, hopefully I will have more to share soon. The Kickstarter money is going to work and the artists are now being paid for their fantastic work! J&A have seen the early sketches of, and have been giving feedback on the Cosmology and Influence Map. The Warrior Web layout is being finalized and Anne has been working on the final copy for the Combat Chapter.

As well, backers who have given $10 or more should have received an email this week with their wallpapers. If you haven’t received an email yet first check your spam (the emails were sent out in bulk). If you still don't have it, please contact John and Anne through Kickstarter.

Onward to the mechanics update. This week the primary focus has been on the Leader Aspect, broken into Tactics, Sovereignty, and Diplomacy. J&A are working on striking the balance between a Leader character being a leader within their group and being the leader of larger groups of people. They’re trying to make sure there is an Odysseus-like quality allowing them to attract followers and holding their loyalty.

Next week they’ll be looking at the Lover Aspect. With the Lover being more focused on relationships between individuals.

Now for Questions!

Is it possible for a pantheon to have more than one Sphere?  

The answer is yes, but not immediately. Anne & John recognize the potential potential to explore different aspects of a pantheon via spheres, but want to get a first edition to you in a timely manner.

Is it possible for two or more pantheons to share Blessings if they have similar religious practices? 

Pantheons may have similar blessings, but they will not be the same. For example, religions native to China and Australia both feature ancestor worship, but the ways these are expressed are very different and John ans Anne do not want to denigrate any religion for the sake of blending similar blessings into a one size fits all package.

The Ethoi of other pantheon's, and Greek Ethoi Reveal?

As mentioned in the forums, the Greek Ethoi were briefly discussed in Brent’s Update. The Ethoi mentioned fall under the disclaimer at the top of this post, and may not reflect the final product. But I can tell you that two of the three are correct (at least currently).

John & Anne are probably going to be keeping Pantheon Ethoi close to their chests for the time being, however as there's going to be filming of another play session in the coming week, players might say or reveal something via twitter or the forums.

Spheres offering passive bonus?

Spheres will offer passive bonuses to your character. However, while these passives will help you elsewhere, their reason for being in the sphere is to augment the rolls of powers within the sphere. Their assistance elsewhere is just a perk.

Finally, brief update on the Saturday Grab-Bag blog post, you’ll notice there wasn't one this past week. Regular Saturday blog posts are going to be retired. There may be some occasional posts on Saturday, but these will most likely be infrequent and will fall under the grab bag nature of previous Saturdays.

I will put the question to you readers, is there something you’d like to see us talk about, semi-regularly on Saturdays?

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!