Monday, January 30, 2012

John Wick's Dirty Dungeon

This is an old video by John Wick, author of Legend of the Five Rings, 7th Sea and Houses of the Blooded (another cool example of an anti-D&D game, together with Greg Stolze's REIGN).

It’s a very unorthodox and interesting way of building a dungeon without any preparation but that requires a group of players willing to play its premise. It was created as an answer to a comment accusing of Wick of railroading his games.

On the "Complication Points" part, I'm still not sure if I'd use the 10-minutes windows as a mark. Does this window take in account only investigation part of the game? Or does the entire game session?

Maybe you could use Complications in another way: 1 Complication per player, at the start of the session, and 1 additional point every time the players derailed the game or bicker too much among themselves (like something I read in a post by Dave Arneson, where he said that he used random encounter when his game delayed to player’s passiveness).

Complication Points could work as a way to increase the tension on the table I guess.

The Bowl Dice could also have further uses, maybe by stealing something from the Hero Point rules.

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