Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Update 5.8

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

This week John and Anne continued the ramp up for Domain Blessings. There are a few remaining Aspect Blessings that are still need some debate, but those are being set aside for the moment to focus on Domains. Anne has translated Domain Blessings from little notes and stat blocks to full descriptions. Now they are going to review, debate, tear apart, reassemble, and finalize those blessings.

Which brings me to one of this week's questions, "Can I spoil some Domain Blessings?" Unfortunately the review hasn't started yet, so there are no Domain Blessings to share. I will be asking about them for the next several weeks, so keep a lookout for spoilers in the future.

Anne and John have also met with the artists regarding a relaunch of the website. Once Hero's Journey launches, there will be a relaunch of the site and a change in focus. It is still in the early stages, but the new site will focus more on being a resource for running Hero's Journey games, this will include mythological information. We're pretty excited about it.

So onto the other questions from this week.

Let's say a Hero has armor for their Divine Favor, like Heracles' Nemean Lion skin. Would that be a Protective Weapon or an Adornment? 


Samudra, you were correct with your gut instinct. Armour that you wear would be and adornment. A good way to think about it is "If you wield it, it is a weapon. If you wear it, it's an adornment." I expect that there is a crazy edge case here, but I think that the above statement should clear up almost every instance.

Attribute mentions 'condition within the spectrum of human possibilities'. Does that mean my idea of a Third Eye that boosts the Spiritual Domain is out?


That could be up for rephrasing. I'm not writing it, but it might wind up being closer to something like "...condition within the spectrum of possibility appropriate to your tier". So as a Mortal you are stuck with features belonging to the mortal realm, so a third eye would be out. But, you could potentially make an argument for a third eye or other non-human features at high-level Immortal, but it'd probably most appropriate at the Divine tier.

That's it for this week, Have a great weekend!

8 comments:

  1. Technically it was me, not Samudra. Still, appreciated.

    Also, now I'm trying to think of a Protective Weapon that isn't a shield.

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    1. I don't think a weapon needs to be protective to be Protective. For example, in Bengal, which is Kali's cult center, it is very common to find tinfoil Khadgas (the sickle like sword Kali wields) hung above doorways as a symbol of protection. The sickle is no protective weapon, but it's presence symbolizes that the inhabitants are invoking Kali's protection.

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    2. Even ignoring the mystical stuff, I think it all comes down to a matter of crunchy stats. Is your sword known for its ability to tear through flesh at an alarming level, or is it capable of deflecting every blow? Is your spear more for stabbing, or is it more about keeping your enemies at a distance? What makes this weapon 'better' than a normal weapon of its type? Offense or defense?

      And yes, of course, it can also be a shield.

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    3. My apologies, I failed at taking proper notes this week.

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    4. Jacob, to my understanding, and I am more than willing to be corrected. You are correct, it's the property of the weapon that makes it defensive.

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  3. I'm more interested in the attribute statement that a third eye is out for mortals. Why? I pretty much assumed right away that 'attribute' included all the Hindu stuff of two extra arms or an extra head or a third eye. You may be mortal but you are also touched by the Gods, aren't you? So what's stopping you from being a powerful tantric priest or yogi with a third eye as a sign of your divine favor?

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    1. I expect Anne to jump on this later, but while you are touched by the gods, you are still firmly in the realm of "normal" humans. A third eye, multiple arms, wings, etc. are things that may come for your character just further along in their heroic journey.

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