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  • Checking for interest about a Promethean short game set in 14th century Florence

    Hello everyone.

    Just as the title says, I'm checking if anyone would be interested in such a game, ran in Play by Post format. For now it's just an idea, I'm honestly not sure if I'll manage to make it happen or if life will make me change my mind. Also, in any case, there's no chance for it to happen before a bunch of months, because of college, exams and work. But I still wanted to check and know if there are potential players for it (and maybe let people start to gather some ideas)

    A little premise.

    First, the cold details. I never ran or played a Play by Post, so it might be awkward for me, at least at first. The game will be a short chronicle, not a big campaign with a huge overarching plot. Probably quite modular, made of short interconnected stories. There's a beginning and end, that's for sure, but it's intimate and generally low-tier in structure. Not made for a big group, with the idea being 3/4 players at most. Part of it it's because I'm not familiar with the Play by Post medium and that helps me not screw up, but also because it serves better the story I have in mind.

    As for the pitch: game's set in Florence and surroundings during the 14th Century. The plague, focus of the Dark Era The Soulless and the Dead, is not the only period covered (might have some adventures before, some later) but it will be central. The chronicle takes a lot of inspirations from Dante's Divine Comedy (the Promethean thread I made about stuff inspired by those books is one of the many on my list of things I need to get back to) and Boccaccio's Decameron.

    I'm an Italian literature student. It's safe to say I'm familiar with those, if not a true expert. At least they're books I love, not like others I could not avoid but hated.

    The story themes come from the conundrum given by life, death, faith, wars, ruin and the best and worst mankind has to offer when it comes to a Pilgrimage. Overall grim (especially the plague part) but with the typical black humor of the sources here and there and the mandatory spots of light, hope and hard-earned peace that work well with Promethean and I think to be important in general.

    By using a frame device of people telling stories to each other shamelessly stolen by Boccaccio, it allows to jump between years and locations with more ease than usual. The stories these people tell are, no surprise here, about the Throng. Little stories that highlight Promethean's aspects while showing pictures of the era at the same time.

    Last thing: all Lineages allowed, but instead of the Frankestein we'll use the Amirani, for rather obvious reasons.

    I don't want to fool people, there's no guarantee the game will happen. But the idea is there, and I really wanted to see if some appreciated it and would be interested to help me make it happen, should it become a more defined possibility sometime in the future.

    That said, I'm open to discuss the pitch, the characters and reply to possible questions.
    Last edited by Cinder; 05-04-2018, 05:12 PM.

  • Arcanist
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    Woohoo! I'm excited! Character sheet is shaping up, I'm just debating over how to distribute Skills and Merits. Also pondering how much characterization to lift from "The Golem and the Jinni" which is probably one of my favourite Promethean inspiration stories.

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  • Cinder
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    Got a chronicle name, "The Fire that moves the Stars", and I'm currently compiling some house rules and odd mechanics.

    When I'm done, I'll write the description of the campaign in a OOC thread. Getting closer people: I had to write a couple of important things, but we're almost there

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  • Cinder
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    Originally posted by Caladriu View Post
    Day 3, Story 8 has some Promethean material in it. Also, golly, there sure are a lot of stories in the Decameron about men tricking or coercing women into sex!
    Thought the same about that story. And, about the rest, you're absolutely right. It's pretty much a recurring theme, with some rather raunchy tales here and there.

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  • Caladriu
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    Day 3, Story 8 has some Promethean material in it. Also, golly, there sure are a lot of stories in the Decameron about men tricking or coercing women into sex!

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  • Cinder
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    Originally posted by Arcanist View Post
    Still throwing together a character sheet, but I'm still in!
    Don't worry, still a few days before I post the OOC thread and we start talking for real about the campaign. It's high on my priority list, but I gotta finish a couple of things first.

    I posted the list of characters above just to give some actual evidence that I'm working on this

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  • Arcanist
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    Still throwing together a character sheet, but I'm still in!

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  • Cinder
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    Here’s the people of the framing device, everyone. They’re not gonna play a direct role in a standard sense, but a bit of their influence will be there both in fluff and crunch. Like the teens of the Decameron, they’re a group of young people that fled to a country villa to escape the Plague. No need to memorize them, yours are the real main characters after all, but they’ll have their role as in-setting narrators of our Chronicle. Also, spoilerish stuff that's not that hard to guess, so I won't say more for now.

    Agnese - The most friendly and sociable of the group. Comes from a rich family of merchants.

    Caterina - Does not judge others and encourages them to follow their desires, no matter the potential risks and regrets. She’s in contact with people of dubious reputation.

    Demetrio - The oldest of the bunch. Documents all the actions of the group and tries to live according to the doctrines of ancient philosophers like Socrates and Thales.

    Ermete - Inquisitive and filled with questions. They work as apprentice in the workshop of a famous artist and scholar.

    Ferruccio - Strong, reliable and heavily built. He wants to become part of the Florentine militia.

    Fiammetta/Ignazio - The youngest of the bunch. Full of life, hyperactive and a little reckless. Keeps zir hair short; sometimes goes by the feminine name of Fiammetta and others by the masculine of Ignazio

    Lucia - Devout and gentle, tries to be a sister to all those of group. Is thinking of taking the vows and become a nun.

    Medea - Very protective of her friends, passionate but ill-tempered and unforgiving. Some say her family hides a terrible secret.

    Rodino - Kind and caring, always tries his best to make sure the others are safe and happy. The owner of the villa.

    Selene - A bit unpredictable and distant, loves fables and myths. Her family dates back to the Roman Republic.

    Uberto - Silent and reserved, speaks only when asked but is surprisingly wise. Loves to go hunting and roam the countryside and enjoys the company of animals.


    There’s another one who does not belong to the group but lives in the country as well:

    Il Lupo - A menacing figure that stalks the countryside. Some say he’s a criminal, other an actual monster. He hates the group for reasons unknown.
    Last edited by Cinder; 07-28-2018, 02:09 PM.

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  • Caladriu
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    Still here, still in!

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  • Arcanist
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    Cinder Hell yes! I'll throw together a formal character sheet.

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  • Cinder
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    Originally posted by Second Chances View Post
    I'm always game form Prommie! I will likely be MIA for the next couple days too and I do have a Scion deadline coming up in the next couple weeks, but I'll make time somehow to finish my character sheet.
    Take your time, things are not gonna start for a little while. Just setting the stage for the moment I'm done with my exams and a couple more things, which is close. But I'm glad you people are still around.
    Last edited by Cinder; 07-24-2018, 06:37 PM.

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  • Second Chances
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    I'm always game form Prommie! I will likely be MIA for the next couple days too and I do have a Scion deadline coming up in the next couple weeks, but I'll make time somehow to finish my character sheet.

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  • Nicolas Milioni
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    Originally posted by Cinder View Post
    Got some things to deal with and I probably won't around for a few days, but it's time to check who's in.

    Nicolas Milioni , Second Chances , Arcanist and Caladriu , you're still up for some Promethean?
    You betcha!

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  • Cinder
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    Got some things to deal with and I probably won't around for a few days, but it's time to check who's in.

    Nicolas Milioni , Second Chances , Arcanist and Caladriu , you're still up for some Promethean?

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  • Caladriu
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    Well, not every angelic presence needs a concrete rules or setting explanation right off the bat. I would put 2 or 3 ideas in my ST notes, start narrating the character at face value, and decide which option sounds most interesting once she's on the page.

    Still reading Decameron and diving into some other medieval European lit. If the puppet has a personal name, it might be Silence, taken from this novel which ou was both fascinated and unsettled by: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Roman_de_Silence

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