Narrative Control Episode 5 is up! This week Justin is back and as usual we’re giving our own spin on a much beloved topic. We’re talking with me about hacking systems. Everything from porting games into different settings to combining our favorite mechanics.
[0:28] Introduction to the show. Hacking systems.
[0:50] The show is a bit long. Let me know if it is too long. Email us: email@example.com
[1:42] RPGPodcasts.com bumper.
[1:58] What we mean by hacking systems.
[2:36] Justin’s current game. A hodgepodge of games:
[2:52] Cadwallon – Setting and Dice pools .
[3:28] Wushu mechanics – Detailed bad ass combats on the fly.
[3:52] Fate – Stunts.
[4:04] Shadows of Yesterday – Experience Keys for experience and character flags.
[5:00] How has this been accepted by the players? Pros and Cons
[6:17] Is this play testing a new game?
[7:08] Sean’s accidental hack of Prime Time Adventures with Exalted.
[7:39] Removing screen presence to allow equal importance for con games
[7:53] Allowing every player narration rights.
[8:30] Changes made specifically for the con environment.
[9:07] Change fan mail to allow the producer to grant fan mail.
[9:40] Other reasons to hack games? Games that don’t have strong social conflict mechanics.
[10:38] Hacking Duel of Wits from Burning Wheel.
[10:55] Why? Players want to do actions in a game that involve a complex and fun mechanic.
[11:38] Brining it together. Molding mechanics to fit in the core game so players aren’t learning completely separate systems.
[12:33] Systems that are very easy to borrow from: Wilderness of Mirrors, Fate.
[15:17] Games with great mechanics and situations screaming to be ported into other settings: Dogs in the Vineyard
[15:34] Using In a Wicked Age by swapping out Oracles.
[17:03] A Battlestar Galactica oracle on www.sinistergame.com.
[17:25] Don’t get Sean started on shnotes.
[17:36] My Life with Master has a very thin setting, easy to move. Sean ported it to My Life with Joker.
[18:47] Some games that are tightly coupled with their settings. Value in playing the game as intended?
[19:08] Dozens of setting hacks for Dogs in the Vineyard but the original setting has so much character, don’t discount the value of playing a straight Dogs game.
[22:10] Settings that have benefited from different systems: Exalted using Prime Time Adventures and Wushu/Wuxalted
[23:30] Exalted Unplugged.
[24:12]Shadowrun alternative systems: Prime Time Adventures, Burning Wheel and Don’t Rest Your Head
[29:46] Our parting worlds on hacking systems. Try it!
Shadows of Yesterday
Prime Time Adventures
Wilderness of Mirrors
Dogs in the Vineyard
My Life with Master
Don’t Rest Your Head