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  • Started working on the Scenes for Act 1 as they, at least, are what I need for tomorrow.
    Chapter 1: Field Trip
    • Montage
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        • This short scene is a quick montage of the player characters riding to school in the school bus and the kids they see along the way as well as the teachers. It is mostly described by me but little details are provided by the players such as an interaction with a teacher here or there or some bantering between Josh and his friend.
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        • Road is bumpy at first as the bus starts off from the end of Jem Street after picking you and the Dowells up. You’ve
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  • I do like that plan, it gets the players who aren't used to conditions, more used to it. So I'll likely create something like it.


    How many stages should I include for this specific instance?
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  • Ok, So I like both of those Things. I think I will call the First Story "Where the Sidewalk Ends" as it's very appropriate and works with the child feel of the story. I think I will call the Second Story "Falling Leaves" then because it will be more appropriate to the new age of the characters. See here for the reference. It's a reference that at least Sean's Player will get as that was one of our favorite songs from that time.



    Vent0 , Where are the Atrocity Dice and Torches & Pitchforks rules located? I am not familiar with it. Although I like...
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  • ~~~~
    In this post I (in this order):
    1. Answered a few of your questions from earlier.
    2. Made a rough brain dump of what the first story "Falling Leaves" is about.
    3. Made the outline for what happens in Act I (of IV)

    What I got left to do:
    A. Make outline for what happens in Acts II - IV
    B. Make actual Scene write ups for each act
    C. Make a soundtrack for each scene.

    I'm pretty tired and I have to wake up early for work but I'll be working on this tomorrow.
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    The Home-brew Merits has some really
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  • That would be good, and clear indicators what they are finding interesting. sprinkle in some random words on stop signs that are like commands but aren't there the next time they look. Other people sometimes become irrationally intent on an emotion or action while around the characters. The old couple show signs of eccentricity and little nuts and bolts strewn about their lawn. Hints of a group/cult that visits the smaller graveyard or reports of grave robbers, never seeing the heads of each of the three families and only dealing w/ middle men/cousins.

    For the NPCs, maybe. I think...
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  • Vent0 you are giving me so many ideas thank you!

    And yeah, unless I go they/I go the Beast route I'd like to avoid the crossover route. There's two new-to-CofD players among the three and so I think it's best if they really get the full non-diluted feel for the one they go into.

    So I love all those options so I think those are going to be my main ones to consider as I or rather we create the 1st and 2nd stories of The Dead End. The ending of the 2nd should lead into the game line so the 1st story should be, in hindsight, explainable as attributed to any of these. ...
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  • I like the rhyme idea. It's also naturally creepy in a child sense since nursery rhymes naturally have a childhood connotation not out of place in the kind of story this is. The dissonance between the intended values instilled by the rhyme and the actual meaning and effect they have in context. All very creepy and quite effective.

    Another idea now that CC is done, maybe the adults are just too busy with their own world to see the things that the kids see since they're excluded.The adults don't know about the library because they're too busy going out for drinks. They don't question...
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  • Now onto the Smalltown worksheet. Pretty much all of this is like hints to future stories. Great Great story hook exorcise!


    Town: Suburbia, Wisconsin Population: ~40k
    Mood: Dreary and Routine. It’s a big town but it has a stale atmosphere with a thick as molasses small town feel. Bad things happen but the bad things that happen are routine and are not surprising. Bill gets rowdy after a night at the bar and hits someone and spends sometime in the jail. No surprise there. The Usual crew are caught with hard alcohol but everyone already knew that.
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  • ~~~~~

    Next Up: The Dead End Neighborhood worsksheet.

    So I’m going to format this similar to Mr. Gone's worksheet.
    Hometown: Suburbia [That’s it’s actual name].

    Street: 1892 Jem Street SE, Suburbia, Wisconsin (this is their address)

    The street itself is a long straight road at the edge of town. The whole street is owned by the Dowells family who own the (vastly) largest piece of land taking up the entire side of the street and a long way back all the way to a private lake. Because of the Ruralness, the space between each house is not super...
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  • Wow so the CC session was amazing and I’ve got a lot to go on now! In addition to creating their characters, I opened up Mr. Gone’s Innocent’s Neighborhood and Small-Town worksheets to their own creation with me as the scribe. It, went, fantastically! So before I reply to you Vent0 , because that is a fantastic idea, I’m going to just list out the results from the CC session Starting with the family unit that the PCs belong to then move on to the Neighborhood then to the city as a whole.

    Again, my interjected thoughts are in green.

    As a side note, I came up with a Chronicle...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to Deviant: the Renegades
    I think a big stylistic and theming difference here is that the Fae are weird and nigh unknowable in their decisions. They can be outsmarted and trapped in ever more weird pldges and deals and bargains, but it's a massive uphill battle.

    The antagonists for Deviant however, by and large (w/ exceptions), sound like they are knowable. They are the monster you know and worse, might even understand. Unlike a changeling that decides to take its fight to the fae, Right out of the gate, Deviants might be able to trick and trap their pursuers and get information out of them. They can figure...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to Tell me what to write!
    I'd like a big long list of examples of Casting styles. Like a big list of descriptions for different ways different Willworkers work their wills.

    Another list of examples of nimbus (with their effect on casting)

    Basically lists of flavor examples....
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  • Alright, well with the deadline looming near, I need to create the first Story. The innocents game. The one I want to have a feel like a cross between The Goonies, Stranger Things, and Gothika.

    I'm not intending this to be a full on horror story nor do I want to beat the horror into the characters. At the same time, it needs to have horror elements but ultimately end up on a note like the Goonies. I want it to be confusing like Stranger Things and Gothika at first till things are found out. What I'm taking from Gothika is the Plot structure where two things are happening to the characters...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    Dedicated Magical Tool: Ansuz Necklace (unless a tattoo works.)

    This is a Hard One. I have a necklace with an Ansuz written on it. Swinging that around or some such to cast my magic might be one way. Maybe the Garnet Necklace (My favorite stone) given to me by my fiancé. Can tattoos be a Dedicated tool? My future Ansuz tattoo would be good.


    Hmm, reading up on Dedicated Magical Tools, one sec. What all can a Dedicated Magical Tool do? How does one become a dedicated magical tool?

    Both the Ansuz Necklace and Tattoo fit right nicely with my Nimbus so...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    I had to search for this as well to really get a good grasp of it. I found a good explanation by Gullinbursti on this thread here made last year and I'll quote it below but in short (how I understand it):

    tl;dr:
    Immediate Nimbus is the flavor of your soul/magic visible only to Mage Sight. It can cause a Tilt if it flares.
    Signature Nimbus is the effect/finger print left behind by your immediate nimbus/magic.
    Long-Term Nimbus is the way your soul/fate subtly changes reality around you in the long term.


    Essentially :
    The Immediate Nimbus is...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    What about your Nimbus'?

    For me:

    Immediate Nimbus: My Immediate Nimbus would likely incorporate an eclectic and ever shifting and pulsing set of characters from various writing systems but each one never appearing for long. This would likely be combined with a darkened lighting (slightly) and a slight breeze-less breeze.

    This would likely come from my fascination with languages and writing systems and would incorporate both my fears and my eclectic shifting focuses.

    Not sure what kind of tilt would be inflicted. Likely one that would either...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    Hmm, well in that case it would be either Óss or the more likely Ásynja.Óss is the likely original name of Ansuz (the letter) and is the singular form of Æsir. In a single poem the rune (and there for the word Óss) is used to indirectly refer to Odin but only indirectly as the word would just be the singular god of the pantheon. The singular feminine form of Óss is Ásynja. ​

    It's vague, obscure, and hides my True Name so I think this may work better if it's common knowledge ^.^...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    Oh... >.>

    Is that kind of thing common knowledge? If not than poor fictional me D:...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    Completely forgot about Shadow Name!

    Hmm, I'd prolly want to either be Xion or Xia since that's an alias I've used since I was 9... but that's entirely why that'd be less than useless as a Shadow Name.

    Likely then I'd go for "Odin". Is there a girl version of the name Odin? Ah it prolly doesn't matter, so yeah prolly Odin.

    Reason: the reason would be rather wonky and not strait forward at all. Long ago I learned to write in and memorized the old Germanic alphabet runes called "the Elder Futhark" because I found out that the custom scrip...
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  • xiongrey
    replied to You as a Mage
    I love these! Whoever thought of these should receive a pat on the back! Edit: Added Shadow Name


    Shadow Name: Ásynja

    Reason: I would, at first, want either Xion or Xia since that's an alias I've used since I was 9 (Originating from the character from Bloody Roar)... but that's entirely why that'd be less than useless as a Shadow Name.

    So I'd prolly go for "Ásynja" though the reason is not strait forward at all. Long ago I learned to write in and memorized the old Germanic alphabet runes called "the Elder Futhark" because the custom...
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