A stone Pegasus flying across the landscape. That's a thing, innit?

  • October 13, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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There are many stories lined up, leaning upon each other, across the dusty wooden floor. Gather your courage, take a breath, and step outside the door. Left down the corridor, the short curving stairs, past tables of bric-à-brac, and uncomfortable chairs. Discover the library, shelves upon shelves of tales new and old, all found in the belly of the high walled Pegasus that has kept them these long, dark ages cold. If you remain mindful, careful, even courageous too then you may find the noble thread stitching their vellum pages to leather, spine and glue. As we gallop across the sky we'll explore the spacious rooms, cluttered corridors, dark cupboards and nooks, low and high. Or opening windows clear and wide, allowing in chill, breathing our fill, of the refreshing breeze of our ride. We can lean precariously over the windowsill's edge, daring vertigo's alluring spin, to peer down and out over distant fields, woods, valleys, villages and kin. Look closer still, to be so bold, we may catch a glance of the causa causans coursing their way through the fold. Be wary though of the Nobilis, deep in their inky wells, least they stare back at you in truth. For remember this fair warning if you wish to see morning; sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth.

It will be Nobilis.

With an occasional crash of dice for those forked lightning bolts that randomly stab down from the sky into the land. The rolling thunder across the landscape changing all that had been planned.

There are many stories and places to explore, I will only frame them, but to be sought within them each a conundrum, artifact or realization.

The stories will live as long as Pegasus passes overhead, tracing across the horizon an arching path to where only you would be led. Our sessions will be short, not a marathon, two to three hours at most to avoid creative exhaustion.

The veil will need careful consideration and maybe even modification. A chance to step back and remember to breathe, after all it's only imagination.

So, then, hold fast the leather rein, whilst Pegasus chomps the Kimberwicke in vain, pull firmly once on the halter. Ready to ride? Good; now then, tap kindly his right winged shoulder.

Ahem... sorry about the prose above. Blame it on the jet lag but, yesterday, Veles and I discussed ideas, elements and forms for the thing and here's the sum of it;

We'll be meeting every two weeks - alternating with the Dungeon World game every other Sunday - for three hours tops. We're planning to complete the beginning, middle and end of the story arc before mid-December. Maybe longer, we'll see. We're studying Nobilis to better understand and manage game play but probably with some tweaks as may work best. We may clarify the veil to suit play as well; such as just calling 'time out' if things are getting mired in non-creative sludge. We're not seeking loftier story gaming goals but simply wanting to weave a fun, somewhat abstract, set of stories together. Be prepared for continuity checks as well as deliberate plot elements, intriguing puzzles and unusual paths to be explored but, ultimately, it's where our collective imagination flies us.

I have room enough to accommodate three more around the coffee table. I also have tea, crumpets and Marmite, if you'd prefer.

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  • Sion H.

    I enjoyed it tremendously. I'll admit to some trepidation, the controlled anxiety, prior to the knock on the door. Thank you, Veles, for reading further into Nobilis and bringing to the table the enjoyment of creating our noble selves. The session went smoothly and was relaxed, comfortable. I even had a shot at my Gary Oldman impression. Looking forward to the next in two weeks time where we start exploring the room. Speaking of which...

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • Jonathan David K.

    Something came up, and I won't be able to attend. Sorry!

    October 13, 2013

    • Sion H.

      Bummer. I was anticipating a full house. You will be missing the first session which is key. Are you planning on attending future sessions?

      October 13, 2013

    • Ed H.

      same

      October 13, 2013

  • Sion H.

    Alright, so we have the allotted six folks so it'll be a tad cramped but I'll get another directors chair or two in to accommodate. Unless someone can take the floor?

    I think I'm as prepared as I'm going to be having only read 17% of the eBook but I <i>get</i> it, I think... lol. It's going to be fun.

    Parking however may not be, so my advice as parking in the apartment complex is at a premium you might want to try across the road in the car park directly opposite building C. If the gate is shut use 112 at the call box. You can also call me at two five three three fifty five nineteen sixty.

    As before, I'll have tea, coffee, sodas, wine, yada yada if you want. You bring along the carbohydrate snack things if you can still burn calories just chatting.

    A bit anxious about hosting as the Hollyhock God but that's part of the thrill and we'll figure this all out as we go along, yes?

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Tyrone

      I just routed it and it looks like we're both right on the 68 line. I can grab a few things before the game and just bus it to free up some parking.

      October 12, 2013

    • Sion H.

      Cheers. Don't worry about bringing too many things, the brain is what matters.

      October 12, 2013

    • Tyrone

      Yeah, the eBook that's up for like 10 bucks is 3rd edition. 2nd is just an amazing book art and printing wise but I've only ever seen 1 copy under 200 bucks and that was 6 years ago.

      October 12, 2013

    • Sion H.

      Well, we're doing this on the cheap which is why I only bought one extra director's chair and, if we do have a full house, then someone's arse is on the floor. I do have a cushion though.

      October 12, 2013

  • Jonathan David K.

    I've never done story games before, though I've played some pen and paper RPGs before (ie D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade). I've also played informal games involving storytelling my whole life. I've wanted to try out story games for a while.

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Jonathan David K.

      Oh, never mind, it looks like I missed it. :(

      October 10, 2013

    • Sion H.

      Nah, it's still going on for another 2 hours likely

      October 10, 2013

  • Sion H.

    Is it or would it be heretical to suggest that the occasional roll of dice in Nobilis might be appropriate?

    October 8, 2013

  • Tyrone

    This sounds fun. GWB Nobilis was one of the more fun groups I was in and I've always wanted to give it another shot.

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Sion H.

      I do so like characterization which is why the idea of anthropomorphic personification of Nobilis could work well within this. Game mechanics aside, I am cogitating upon the scenery, such as the open passageways, unopened doors, occasional conundrum and dusty tomes scattered throughout Pegasus' building. Just to get things moving.

      1 · September 27, 2013

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