No one mentioned any specific times, which we kind of need, so unless someone says otherwise I’m going to set the Saturday campaign at the same time as the Sunday – 1400 PST/1700 EST/2300 CET. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you.
Also, those of you interested that haven’t added me on Skype should probably get on that before Saturday.
So, I think there’s enough interest to run another group, on Saturdays. Two players already expressed interest in playing as the Technocracy, and I’ve already got a Traditions game going, so the second game will be as the Technocracy, crusading to protect the masses from the dangers of myth and superstition. To get a basic feel for what the game will be like, you can compare it to such shows as Fringe, Men In Black, or Agents of SHIELD.
If you want in, post a comment, including what time on Saturday (including your time zone) is best for you. Sessions will probably be 2-3 hours – longer if everyone wants that. US afternoon (before evening) is probably best, as I know there’s a couple Europeans interested as well.
Read on for campaign information.
So I found out a couple more people were interested, but wanted to play Technocracy side, and we’ve got a pretty large group already, so I’m wondering if anyone (one or two) would be willing to drop out of the Traditions campaign and join a Technocracy game on Saturdays instead? No pressure, but smaller groups would be easier for me to handle.
In case it matters, I have a Technocracy campaign ready-made, so there’s no need for me to delay to come up with a story. We can just make a team (and the Technocrats will be a team, working under the aegis of a cover corporation) and get started.
For those I’ve talked to about the other campaign, yes, this is your notice that I’m currently planning to try to run it on Saturdays. Let me know if that’s an issue. As a note, Saturday games my occasionally be called of because Saturdays also tend to be my board game group’s day, but we only get together every other month or so (note that this coming Saturday is likely to be one of those days).
Anyway, for the Traditions game, reminder to all that we agreed to get started three hours earlier – that’s 1400 PST, 1700 EST, and 2300 CET. We should be able to start this coming Sunday (12/29) if everyone’s good with that.
Most of you aren’t on my Skype connections list, which will make connecting tomorrow difficult. Could you please find me and submit contact requests? My skype username is tamirdm, display name krellen. My Skype profile picture is the same as my Twitter.
So it sounds like Sunday is the best day to play; is 1700 PST/2000 EST work for everyone, or should we try for something earlier (which can probably fly, with it being a Sunday)?
Would anyone be available this Sunday (December 22nd)? I know this is really close to Christmas, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a no, but I can’t prepare a Traditions campaign the same way I do a Technocrat one; Tradition Mages don’t take orders or have a unified mission (other than “don’t be destroyed by the Technocracy”) the same way Technocrats do, so I need to get at least a picture of what sort of characters I’ll have to build a story.
We’d mostly be getting together to discuss characters and settings; the first actual play session might be as early as the first week of January, hopefully.
Everyone who voiced a preference preferred the Traditions, so I should probably describe them so folks can start thinking about characters. But first, times; most people say they’re able to play in the evenings, and Tuesday, Friday and Sunday came out as the leaders of which evenings were good. I’d like everyone that’s interested to let me know which of those three evenings is best (and which if any you absolutely cannot make). Right now, given interest from both EST and PST (and one CET), I’m thinking something starting around 1700 PST/2000 EST (that’d be 0200 the next day for the CET person) might work best, but since only one person mentioned exact times, this is still subject to change. Let me know what works (maybe we can do something on Sunday afternoon if the Europeans want in.)
If you already know the Mage system, you can stop reading here. What follows will be a primer for the uninitiated. Continue reading
So Twitter’s an impermanent medium, so I figured it would be a good idea to coordinate this somewhere more permanent, so here’s a blog post.
In case you missed it, I’ve been missing having a tabletop group, so I’ve been thinking about starting up a weekly Skype-based “tabletop” game. Since the system I’m most interested in running – Classic World of Darkness, specifically Mage – doesn’t really need a battlemat and precise positions of opponents, we won’t need a tool like Roll20.
For the uninitiated, the Mage world is based around a two-sided conflict between the Traditions – remnants of an ancient regime of magic and wonder – and the Technocracy – the alliance of structured thought centred around the idea of replicable Science as the rules of the world. The central truth of reality is that reality is what people believe it to be; in ancient days, superstition and wonder ruled the world and the fantastical magic of the Traditions was easy to wield and shape. As the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution came and started to show definitive improvements in life for common people, the tenants of Science took over as the dominant paradigm, making the wondrous technology of the Technocrats less wondrous and more mundane, while robbing the world of the fantasy that made the Traditions thrive.
There exists both good and evil in both organisations; the main conflict of the world is one of stability vs. wonder, of safety vs. freedom. The Traditions wield Magick, the ancient arts of changing the world; the Technocracy wields Science, the careful process of hypothesis and experiment. Both wield powers far beyond those that the common people accept as reality, and must thus hide their greatest powers from casual view – both rely on coincidence for their greatest power.
There are more details that can be gone in to, but that’s probably best left to specific questions and character generation sessions. So leave a comment below if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in getting together for this. Please include what times are best for you (include time zones – ideally I’d like two or three hours per session) and whether you’d prefer to be on the Tradition or Technocrat side.