Burning Fail: Redux
Burning Fail Ideas
Political Intrigue, Bottom Up
As employees/servants/generally loyal to a particular affluent, ambitious Lord, we would be his means to slowly weave a web to entrap the current king and make an illegitimate claim to the throne. I like this idea as it has room for seduction, murder, rumor spreading, palm greasing, blackmailing and generally fuckery of the most amusing and most foul sorts. Plus, when/if he takes the throne, I’m sure every other ambitious lord will be looking to take him out as well.
What’s the Big Picture? What’s going on in this setting that makes it ripe for adventure. What’s changing, evolving, declining?
The country is at war with the Orcs.
Peasantry is getting fucked
War is straight-up expansionist
Dwarves are making pacts with the king while trying to get him off the throne
Magic is illegal and hated.
The peasant Faith is outlawed
What’s the world’s culture? What are the cultural analogs? Analogs can be taken from historical earth, current events or fantasy works.
Humans – British-ish
Dwarves – Russian
Orcs – Spaniards?
What’s the conflict in which the characters are involved? What are the sides? What’s wrong?
Planning to overthrow the king: Treason
Lord is simply greedy
No legitimate claim to the throne
Eldest Daughter – Inheritor
Son – Squire? Knight?
Creepy ass wizard dude
Sam – Bad Knight
Kristin – Poisoner Chef? Seducer?
Ron – Dwarf Diplomat
Matt – ?
Doesn’t want [Kristin] to bear children
What physical place does the conflict take place in? What’s the ecology, environment, location?
Capitol City – Brandelise
What’s the name of the most important place in this setting? Not the capital or any dumb shit like that, but The Place where all the action goes down?
What’s the name of a faraway place that folks talk about, dream about or mutter under their breath about?
Who are the antagonists? Who is opposing the goals of the characters?
Wants glory and to live up to his father’s name
Wants Dwarves to help finance the war
The Creepy Wizard
Wants his elder Demon-god to return
Set to Inherit
Wants the inheritance
What type of magic exists in this world? Pick one or two of the magic systems: Faith (and Blasphemous Hatred), Sorcery (and Abstraction), Natural Magic, Spirit Binding, Summoning, or Enchanting.
If is Faith used, what is the Faith idiom? What are the religions? Is Faith universal or does it only affect believers?
Faith in Dead Gods – The Creepy Wizard’s Demon-God
Faith – Peasantry believes in obscure, difficult to understand polytheism
Miracles work only on Believers
What character stocks are in play in this world? Which are restricted and why?
Men – The Big Deal
What Cultural Traits apply to the characters of this game world? Pick three Character Traits for each culture.
Sea/Lake Monsters – Fishmen
3 hour sessions-ish
Beliefs in by Mondays