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Levi Kornelsen
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Gazetteer playtest two: On RPGnet.

(Yes, I know some of you have no love for the place; I do, and want to see how it goes on a forum. Next, maybe, will be discord? We'll see.)
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Output from the first playtest: Gazette LK1.

If you give this a read: What else, if anything, would you want in something like this in order to make it into useful material for your gaming? Such stuff can then feed back into the "how to write a Gazette" setup, or even into the "Ask these questions" structure of actual play....
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First layout test: I'm not sure about either of those fonts; they're definitely in the ballpark I want, but may not be dead on.

Impressions welcome.
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Revised map size for Gazetteer, with marked starting space.

Enough for some shenanigans, hopefully a little suggestive of "possible scenarios that could be happening here".
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With thanks to +Jaye Foster, +Eric Nieudan, +William Broom, +Alan Heah, and +Mark Redacted, the first playtest of Gazetteer is a success.... Juuuuust crossing the line on a full escapade, which is now going to be the basic unit of play.

Some edits have been made to the raw draft in reflection of this test, a few more are likely to be made this weekend.

Anyone wanting to read the first test can find it here:

https://plus.google.com/+LeviKornelsen/posts/LgcbyRegGzQ?fscid=z122s3xyjumfxbpnp22qxxfh2qbauxgzx04.1550795482385943

....And the draft rules are below.

So! Any impressions on where we're at, the playtest, and the game in present form?

Everyone may answer.
Gazetteer
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The more I try to use twitter, the more it feels like the people I'd like to read are engaged in earnest attempts to discuss or educate on complex topics by way of a medium superbly set up for driving slap-fights and rewarding petty vanity posts - and that those things leak in all over no matter how hard users might want to be set against them.

And, more, that even when their thoughts come through clearly and undistorted by that, it's still just swarmed away by the next five minutes of scrolling.

Still trying to get a grasp on it, but it may just not work right for me.
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Gazetteer playtest notes, so far:

1) The basic unit of play should be one escapade, not several. Linked escapades, then, will become "A serial".

2) Attempt to slim down the box text a bit, so that entering play is a smaller ask.

3) Something something look up how good writing prompts work, seeking principles there for question-asking.
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Playtest: Ongoing. Jump in if you're interested!
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(THIS IS A GAME. YOU ARE INVITED TO PLAY.)

I, the Magnificent Duke Arbold, am wandering the world with you, my guides and scouts and burden-bearers. And also Podrick.

I have in my possession this sketch of a map, which we shall flesh out as we travel; I hear tell that this is a land of massive wagons, clockwork creatures, and natural magicians.

We will proceed by question and answer. I, naturally, shall ask you questions. And you, my good servants, shall inform me of what lies about me, by answering my questions.

THE RULES:

1. I, of course, rarely risk my precious self on my travels; I leave all that to you. Therefore, I rely upon you for information. When I ask a question, please answer it. Usually, but not always, I’ll say anyone can answer.

2. It is likely that you, my guides and servants, will sometimes be unsure. You may, where appropriate, answer me with rumors, things you have heard but cannot confirm, and outright lies. Where you have an opportunity, tell me especially of the massive wagons, clockwork creatures, and natural magicians I mentioned before, and of like matters.

3. We do not know what dangers might reveal themselves and time is precious. Keep your answers short.

4. Sometimes you have the rather unfortunate habit of interrupting my adventures with inane observations. You do so by asking "But, Duke, what about X?", where X is something I've overlooked. When you ask that, I am so overcome by shock at your impertinence that I blurt out a response to it. It is always Podrick that asks such questions, and I shall always call her by name when she does so (see Note).

5. Some answers, of course, will be impossible to countenance. If your answer is disruptive, I’m allowed to ignore (or, if on a blog or similar platform, delete) it.

6. I strongly prefer the swiftest answer, and consider speed the essence of truth. If there are multiple answers, the first will be taken as true; others will only be accepted if they work well with the first one received.

7. Please, avoid raucousness; post no more more than one comment after each question I ask.

8. If you wish to subscribe the thread, please use the phrase, “At your service, your Magnificence!”, or otherwise report for duty in some quick but respectful fashion. I’ll make the first comment.

(Note). Podrick is not played by any particular person. The Duke will simply declare that some comments (and all questions) come from Podrick, who has the unfortunate habit of telling the Duke unflattering truths and asking him questions. From time to time, the Duke may correct statements, referring to the speaker as Podrick - in these instances, the speaker is telling the truth, and the Duke is lying to save face. Try not to overuse Podrick.

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I believe I will be prompting silliness with this one.

I am okay with that.
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