madunkieg: The Fool from the tarot deck (Default)
I haven’t posted much about Metropole Luxury Coffin (MLC) because I’m redesigning the action resolution system. There are several requirements for the system, including:

- it needs to incorporate gambling, because I want to tie reputation into action resolution
- if I’m sticking with cards, the the hand sizes need to stay small (like texas hold’em poker)
- the system needs to give a slight advantage to teams, but not overwhelmingly so

Unfortunately, it’s this last requirement that throws off most gambling games. Most gambling games are either balanced (like poker), or very unbalanced in favor of the house (like roulette). It doesn’t work when there may be multiple sides that get that advantage.

There are a couple of optional bonuses that I’d like to work in, mutual failure and over-success. I’m planning on turning MLC into something of a comedy game, and it’s funnier if everything goes wrong.

So, having exhausted most gambling games, I’m looking for inspiration in other games. I know that RPGs tend to focus upon individuals, but I can adapt systems from both board and card games, too.
madunkieg: The Fool from the tarot deck (Default)
Well, I ran another playtest of Storm of the Armadas today, and found out the game works with me there. The scenarios need adjusting, but the game will be going back to the editor in just a few days.

The scenario I ran today was an intercept. This involves the forces coming at each other from odd angles. Victory could be achieved by getting your dreadnought off through the enemy's normal deployment zone. Alternatively, you could fight the incoming force. We didn't have time to finish the game, but I'm satisfied that it ran okay.

Keep an eye out for the beta test version soon.

Oh, and I figured out a lot about Metropole Luxury Coffin (MLC), mostly because someone's creating a videogame inspired by Thoreau's book set around Walden Pond. While the approach is the opposite to my own (nature vs. hotel), the struggles are similar. I'm going to see just how much I can adapt into MLC. I won't be able to adapt everything, and that's okay.


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