All right, let's check out Undying while its kickstarter is still going. I'll be updating this thread with observations and questions over the next couple of days.
Undying: preparing to run it for the first time
Undying by Paul Riddle is a diceless RPG about vampires preying on humans and fighting each other for dominance. I've been interested in it for a couple of years now. It's currently being kickstarted and the rules are availab...
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- (The 'Overwhelm a PC' move seems super-lethal.)Jul 14, 2015
- The GM prep section is fantastic.
And it may suggest an answer to my earlier concerns:
The actions and dramas of the predators are the dominant concern of a game of Undying. But it probably helps to have an understanding of what is happening in human society.
The possibility that a hunting ground could shift from being abundant to barren / unsafe suggests a tension of humans vs. predators.Jul 14, 2015
- The closest match in fiction I can think of to what a game of Undying looks like is the vampire plot in the first Blade movie. You focus on the soap opera of the entitled and ambitious vampires, screwing with each other for dominance.
The GM prep advice on creating a conflict seems perfect for engineering these sorts of situations.Jul 14, 2015
- Hmm. I'm thinking of playbooks that I'd like to see:
- a deliberately low-status playbook
- a loyal 'soldier/enforcer' playbook (a predator who's not a grand schemer)
- an outsider (Louis from Interview with a Vampire playbook)? I think that one might break the situation too much.Jul 14, 2015
- The 'someone's been murdered' opening situation is really good. I feel like it'd be helpful to have 1 or 2 more of those.Jul 14, 2015
- Reading through Undying has helped me reflect on what I liked about the Vampire games I played in the 90s. Originally I said it was vampire conflicts (both political and physical), and vampire relationships over decades and centuries.
That stuff is fascinating, but I don't think it was at the core of what I liked.
The games that really worked for me had a situation where new vampires were caught between their old human society and the new and alien vampire society. Tested loyalties, tough choices, terrible mistakes in ettiquette and alliances: these were the things that made me invest in the characters and engage in the game.
I'll have to check out the Connections stretch goal and see if it adds those elements to Undying's base rules.Jul 15, 2015
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