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December 25th, 2009
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A little gamer Christmas present
Good morning, and happy heathen-based Winter ritual! I made you a present.

Those of you reading my series of Fireborn review posts may be curious to get a game going yourself. So here's something you can throw in to give your players some social intrigue in the mythic age! There are several "epochs" (mythic-age settings) during which supernatural creatures such as dragons are trying to manipulate the major human powers from behind the scenes while disguised as humans themselves. In particular, the Atlantean age has a more courtly feel to it, and this sort of labyrinthine and subtle social negotiation fits right in:

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Click the thumbnail for the full print-resolution image (PNG, ~250k), and print it right from your browser, or right-click and "Save Target Link"/"Save Link As..." to your computer. If I've done it right, which I'm not sure I have, this should be a print-ready PDF at standard 8.5x11" size.

Gamers not playing Fireborn will find it can be easily used in any courtly setting with slightly archaic language (anything from AD&D to Victorian-style urban fantasy), and even adapted with minor changes to modern games such as Vampire: The Masquerade. Strike all the references to "nonhuman" etiquette and it even makes a great set of challenge-responses for secret societies set in fully human games. It could be really cool for LARPs too (if you try it, let me know)!

Made with LovelyCharts, a nifty free online flowchart creator.

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From:krinndnz
Date:December 25th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
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That is some interesting flowcharting, and I expect that I'll be using that at some point in the future.
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From:zuki_san
Date:December 25th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
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This is excellent! I shall pass it on to other gamer friends of mine. I am greatly amused.
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From:eclective
Date:December 26th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how absolutely delightful. ♥

I mat not end up using it in any games (since I seem to be awful at DMing), but I eat up the worldbuildy like candied crack.
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From:comingin2day
Date:December 27th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Very cool of you. Wishing you a Happy Holiday.
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From:paka
Date:December 29th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't this stuff really only work if you're stuck in homid?
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From:baxil
Date:December 30th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
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For werewolves in WoD, yes. I was thinking more along the lines of Vampire: The Masquerade, in which this sort of labyrinthine social negotiation comes more naturally than breathing.

I actually designed this chart for Fireborn, in which all of the characters are dragons that occasionally shift to human form to wander among the humans for a while.
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From:taral
Date:January 7th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Nice flowchart. :)

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