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Tue, Aug. 30th, 2005, 11:47 pm
Further Gloria Mundi Thoughts

On the other hand, even if this story arc wasn't entirely narratively satisfying, I did get reminded that my players are absolutely amazing. We ended up in a post-game conversation about what their old contacts, friends and enemies were up to now. One of the players pointed out that few had advanced as fast as they did; in fact, many of their old friends and enemies had stayed in the Fifth District. They sat around shaking their heads and talking about what a bad idea it was to have powerful but disgruntled Kindred running around as rabble - and how in character, they really didn't care, or actively wanted to protect what was going on. The players knew that they were walking toward social instability and implosion, but that's something that they seem to really enjoy. And I'm proud of them for being able to take pleasure in that, and I'm proud of the story that we've made which successfully gives them these conflicting motivations. Go us! Even a not-so-great story arc does have its rewards and satisfactions. :)

(I suspect the players may also think this story arc was more successful than I did. It was fun, even if not narratively satisfying.)

Wed, Aug. 31st, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)

Well, t was a strange deck to play with: few players, only one PC and then a surprise additional PC at the end; plus it was a fairly short arc. Ze'ev and 'Chandra are fun, but secondary characters are always a bit problematic to hook in. The death of LV seemed to loose its lustre, which I think Aniketos's presence would have done worlds to save, and without Quintus and Actaia around, politicking feels somehow unbalanced. Idir is a great politician, but he's got a code of ethics. Silly man.

Speaking of, I think Idir got a lot of great RP last night...I don't know if you got to see him confront 'Chandra about getting favors from the Emperor, but it was absolutely stellar. I was just sitting there scribing and I was like "Holy shit!" 'Chandra handled it as well as he could, also, so props to Isaac.

I thought it went well, personally... *hugs*