Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Update 2.20

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.

Hello! So it is another slow news week here at Hero's Journey. John is focusing all his will on continuing to grind through blessings. Anne in the meantime is burning the candle at both ends (and somewhere in the middle, it's not a perfect analogy) working through midterms, her day job, and Hero's Journey. But there has been forward motion on both trackers.

The thousand novels have not arrived yet, but the next update from the published will be something along the line of "Your books are ready!"

This week Blessings are at:

7 out of 10

John actually said seven this time, I let it pass because his initial instinct was to say eight, but knew that I'd talk him back down. You could potentially say 7.5, but that is me being generous.

So how about chapters?

3 out of 6

The final pass on the third chapter has been finished and there's actually a picture of some finished pages in the twitter feed. It should be on the right, but just in case here's a link for you!

So onto your questions! There was only one this week, but it will take some time to answer, but here it goes.

Why are art and empathy next to each other on the web of fate? In fact, why is the web is laid out as it is?

When John and Anne split The Web of Fate among the seven Aspects, they worked to identify the "core" of each Aspect. To use Warrior as an example; Warrior Talents are split between Unarmed, Athleticism, and Weaponry. John and Anne felt that Unarmed was a core to the warrior, because first and foremost a warrior is able to stand their ground in combat. Rarely do you see a warrior separated from their weapon, become completely powerless. On the same token you don't generally see someone embodying the Warrior Aspect who is athletic, but cannot fight.

The idea of an Aspect's "core" continues across the web. When you take a look at secondary talents, they are aligned with the Aspect that John and Anne felt that talent was closest to. So you wind up with Athleticism being closest to the Hunter Aspect, and then Pursuit aligning closest to the Warrior Aspect.

Art and Empathy end up next to each other after you look at the Lover and Creator Aspects. Art in one light is about evoking a reaction (or emotion) in the person or people experiencing the created art. On the other hand Empathy is about understanding the emotions of those around you which lends itself to the Creation of art.

When you're looking at the Web of Fate don't necessarily look at the connection between Talents instead, look at the alignment with adjacent Aspects. These alignments are by their nature subjective, there are probably arguments that can be made for other configuration of Talents and Aspects. Unfortunately, systems are all abstractions of reality, they provide a way of explaining the reality of a game world, and no system will ever perfectly capture reality.

So thank you for the excellent question!

That's it for this week, have a great weekend, and I'll talk to you next week.

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