Tuesday, July 31, 2007

And now, some thoughts on Scion. :)

As to a little background information, Jerome is actually the one who discovered this game, I believe on our one and only trip to Barnes & Noble since we have arrived. That store is a dangerous place for people who like books, so we avoid it. :) At any rate, he found the game, thought it looked neat, and I was half inclined to agree with him. Only half inclined, mind you, because I generally haven't liked what White Wolf has done with their newer games.

I think Scion has changed my mind. Granted, I haven't really looked at the mechanical aspects of the game yet, and I may find that they are simply maddening, but as for the background behind the game, and the general feel of the game, I think White Wolf has a winner. In my book, at least, which ought to count for something, if you ever think about how much money I have spent on that company's products. (I try not to. It just makes me depressed. :) )

The basic premise of the game is that all of the old "pagan" gods are still around, and occasionally come to Earth to... ummmm... propogate... yeah, that's a good way to put it. And the offspring of a god and a mortal is a Scion. So depending upon who your character's divine parent is, he or she will have all sorts of nifty powers and inclinations. My character, for example, is a daughter of Tyr. She's going to be a politically active rock singer, championing such causes as gender and racial equality--in other words, justice for all. :)

My only complaint about the game so far is this: Scion: Hero is the first in a series of three books. It only covers character advancement up to one-third of your character's ultimate potential. In other words, if you wanna take your character all the way, you'll have to wait on the other two books, which will cover the rest of their potential. Clever marketing strategy. Annoying, however. Scion: Hero set us back $35+tax. This is gonna end up being a $100+ game! (Oh, wait, we're thinking about how much money I have spent / will spend on game books again. Stop that.)

So I'm sure I'll have more to say when I read through the rules mechanics. Of course, that would involve wrestling the book away from Jerome for more than a few minutes at a time, and having a bit of free time to do so. Okay, so it will probably wait till Saturday morning, when he's still asleep. :)


In other news, I get to meet some of the other folks from the Seattle Etsy street team tomorrow night. Saturday, we've got a Crafty Supply Swap (sponsored by i.heart.rummage), and Sunday, some of us EtsyRain folks are going to be at the Fremont Market. If you're in the Seattle area, stop by and see us! We'll be at the FAR end of the Market, which I can't describe in terms of street intersections, but if you've ever been to the Fremont Market, I think you will understand. :)

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