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.
Hello everyone! It's June! So the work continues of Hero's Journey, and the detour to revisit Trickster and Disguise has been finished. More on that in a moment. John and Anne are back to work on the remaining Blessings. Anne has been working on translating these blessings that, in their current form, look closer to calculus problems, and turning them into understandable text.
But back to disguise. Disguise, in its previous incarnation, was a collection of powers that allowed you to change traits, and to use them together to mix and match to create disguises. Aside from its problematic issues (discussed in Anne's blog post from earlier this week) it also felt clunky in its implementation.
At its core, Disguise is about misrepresenting yourself. But the best con artists are able to turn items around themselves into props to support their misrepresentation. So you can expect to see more abilities to support disguises. Think of things like The Doctor's Psychic Paper.
But in mythology there is precedent for gods and heroes appearing as someone other than themselves. To that end there are still two distinct Shapeshifting blessings, the first is the ability to mimic someone you have seen or met. For that ability, think Mystique, you take on the appearance of a distinct person in toto. In the other you actually create a whole new identity a full construct of a person that you are able to shift into.
Keeping in mind that neither of these abilities give you any skills or knowledge that you didn't have before. They are literally just a facade.
So while vague, hopefully they clear up the fear that disguise won't let you change your appearance. It still will, but it will be more streamlined from its initial implementation.
In other news the art mentioned a few weeks ago, is almost done, and from what I'm told looks great!
That's it for the week, have a great weekend!