Friday, June 5, 2015

Weekly Update 6.5

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!

10 comments:

  1. No seriously guys. The art is making me swoon.

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  2. So, if I get this right, the second ability might make me capable of sounding like, lets say, a mathematician, but without actually knowing math? As in someone asks me to calculate something and I spew out a bunch of nonsense, essentially sounding like really complicated math, but in the end doesn't solve the problem?

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    1. No, not quite - I think maybe the phrase "new identity" is misleading there. This Blessing would let you shapeshift into whatever form you wanted, but it won't give you any additional skills, including conversational or knowledge ones. You'll still be exactly as good at trying to sound like you know what you're doing as you always were, at math or any other subject.

      But, flim-flamming your way around trying to convince people you know things you don't is pretty ably covered by the Persuasion rolls and powers, so that's where you'd look for being able to talk your way into or out of trouble. :)

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  3. Hmm, sorry to be a bother again, but I can't access the main website or the forum. :/ I keep getting a 403 error, permission denied to access this server.

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    1. Never mind! It's fixed now.

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    2. Okay, glad it got cleared up! Stephen's been doing some bot-combatting work behind the scenes, so you may have been temporarily caught in that. :)

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    3. Unfortunately, it's down again. x) I can't access it from my phone or from my computer.

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    4. Darn it! I'll get in touch with him to check on it for you!

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    5. Okay... It is working now. Hope it'll stay that way; x) Thanks!

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