So, I kind of got rambly about alignments. I went wide of what I was trying to say so here is the second try. Beyond all my advice about how alignments should be used in a game, here is a super simple primer on what the different alignments mean. Before you read further, remember that all of this is my opinion, that fun aces rules, and that all of this is suggestions for how to have a better time role-playing.
So, when I got the D&D bug a while back I joined a few online discussion groups. I thought it’d be a fun way to connect with the gaming community (and get some market research in for my game design projects). However, for the most part, it has been weird. Not all bad or all good… just… ugh… Some of these questions. I mean, I’d hate to single someone out and I know a lot of the users are younger but still… weird…
On an earlier entry, I talked about Far Away Land RPG’s co-op world building tool. I played a session with a bunch of friends and used the results to create the backstory for a Sleepy Dev project. We’re still checking legal claims and such on the project’s name to make sure it is clear for our use–so I can’t announce it just yet but I can share the lore my friends and I created (which I promptly stole… er, borrowed) for it.
Our game takes place in a world called Tavern and this is its history so far. It only goes to the Seventh Age because I had to leave around then. However here is what I know so far of the world in a sort-of historical fashion. This co-op storytelling helped get me out of my writer’s block funk that I had been for the project.
I’ve been working on an intellectual property for several years now that is a comedy fantasy world. We chose to work within it for our upcoming twin-stick-shooter. The setting was always murky because to us it was just where things happened. That was okay for a while but it quickly became problematic when I was designing levels.
What places were around the area? What what the culture? Who were the gods? Were their gods?
All these questions were holding back my design. Even when I was designing I would create hollow unfinished gamescapes. Worse yet–I was drawing a blank on how to create a functional(ish) world in a comedy setting. That is, until I started playing Far Away Land with some friends.