Yay Thursday! In theory, once the deal is hammered out, we will be moving the entire contents of the store to a new location across the parking lot. This could happen as soon as tomorrow, but more likely Monday. It’s going to be quite the undertaking to move all of the inventory –and- all of the display cases, shelves, slot wall, racks, phones, fax lines, data lines, and other accoutrements of a retail business. We’ll need to have it done by the first if we hope to catch the beginnings of the ski season.
On to some gaming notes. With an upcoming game I find it’s easier to freebase ideas onto paper, but in this case I’m going to go though the motions into the journal here for the benefit of others: The target game is genre “today”, the power base is “current technology with magical underpinnings” with a strong mix of “secret society”, and the player limitations will be the same as the world with underpinnings of “supernatural”. Now, on to the freebasing…
I’ve found that the Unseelie are quite possibly the best bad guys for a game out there. They fit well into any genre from “High Fantasy” to “Far Future” as they’re timeless, they have the whole “secret society” thing down pat, they work well with “bad guy” players as they’re out to be the top dogs and couldn't care less, and they can be unbelievably powerful and well outside the realm of reality when needed. They also have a nice built in power structure and are an entire civilization so you’ll never run out of them.
With even a little research into them and some scrutinizing of the *heaps* of background on them I think you’ll agree. The lesser Unseelie live to mess with mortals and the higher ups live to control them or situations surrounding them. They’re attracted to places of high levels of PK, Magery, or “otherworldly force” like, oh, Seattle, Denver, or London.
So, with an antagonist in hand we need to come up with a reason for folks to be either in cahoots or against them and it has to be “big” enough to be ongoing.
I’ll continue this train of thought from work as I have to get rolling right now.