What’s the most five ringsy thing to talk about right now?
So, of course, the reason we watch the Olympics is for curling. That women’s slopestyle was painful, a lot like watching figure skating, if anyone still watches that. Can see the wind most visually in various events.
I haven’t watched as much as I could because this is a time of year in which I need to do some other things, like Traveller things/DunDraCon things/Traveller at DDC things, which I’m making slow progress on.
I got to thinking about biathlon, since it was one of the early events. There are sports I watch, sports I would like to be good at, and sports I can see myself having done if I had some sort of more athletic background.
That model is eerily similar to how I see myself with CCG cards or RPG characters.
When we were in a “make yourself as a card” phase for V:TES, I couldn’t quite decide between: what would I be; what would I want to be; what would I be as a player of the game. Then, there was what others thought.
I find it interesting to this day that True Brujah was something that my friend thought made sense. I kind of see Malk as easy for many a gamer, but I am inclined to think Tremere is a better fit than Malk just as I no longer think Dragon is anywhere near as good a fit in L5R for me as other clans. Sure, there are aspects in other things, but one has a tendency to exaggerate individual aspects of themselves, which is fine when you are making a character/card you wish to be. I feel some affinity for Tzimisce and generally enjoy playing the clan, but is that as good a fit as Tremere? antiTrem? Caitiff?
With V:TES, CCG and RPG ideas naturally crossover. Less so with something like Wheel of Time or Babylon 5, where the characters already exist. In Ultimate Combat!, would I be the “Takes A Beating” action, “Your Kung Fu Is Weak” advantage, “Who Is … Not The Master?” coach card?
So, biathlon. I couldn’t deal with the pressure for accuracy. I would beat myself up for failure far too much. Oh, sure, I could somewhat imagine archery for me since I’ve done archery and it’s more of a “well, that sucked” rather than a “if I miss this shot, off the podium” feel.
Numerous other sports would be the same way. Even if I knew how to ski or snowboard, I wouldn’t be trickin’.
No, I realized that what I could see myself doing is cross country skiing. Or, something else that was based more on exertion. Not saying technique wouldn’t matter, but it wouldn’t be a one off “did the entire experience come down to achieving this one action” technique but more “extend your follow through more, crouch lower, …” technique.
Which got me thinking to the L5R RPG and how much I like Earth and how generally weak Stamina is. I am playing a high Agility character, otherwise known as a showoff build. While there are certain things that fit me in such a build, such as a natural stealthiness, though that would be better represented with the Stealthy advantage, displays of coolness are not my thing. Now, to be fair(?), I don’t have great endurance [ladies, wait, ignore this paragraph]. But, I think I could build endurance. I could get more precise with ranged weapons, but the pressure would drive me nuts.
I thought about reporting on my recent Shadowfist play, as we got back on track for playing that. But, it seems a stretch to tie any of that into my crystal clear theme.
Speaking of five rings and cool, I have gotten more enthused about my Rokugan 1600 campaign idea. Set about 100 years after HoR2, it always took elements of HoR2. Rokugan is at war, on the Southern front is what happens when you try to make certain clans interesting. On the Northern front, which seems to be of more interest to potential players, is a gaijin assault.
I wrote up most of the material five years ago. Five. Wait, is that my theme?
A major, multi-part theme to the campaign is the failure of the clans.
Crab failed for not protecting the Empire.
Crane failed for living in denial.
Dragon failed for sitting on their asses.
Lion failed for not showing Crab enough respect.
Mantis failed for being selfish and greedy.
Phoenix failed for being pacifists.
Scorpion failed for being inferior villains.
Unicorn failed for not fighting gaijin with gaijin but for fighting gaijin with Empire and Empire with gaijin.
As part of the idea that the clans pretty much sucked, certain clans have to, you know, do something. The Phoenix are on the front lines in the South (and, then, there are more gaijin from the East). The Lion are using their military to actually fight an enemy of the Empire. The Dragon are supporting the Northern front. The Crane are right there with their Lion soldier buddies fighting the hopenottogetTainted fight.
Now, I haven’t added a lot, yet, to what I wrote five years ago. However, because of the interest in the Northern front, aka the gaijin front, I got to thinking about how legacies of my LBS campaign could be incorporated. So, rather than redo LBS, I can just pull everything together into one perfect campaign. Because nothing ever goes wrong when you try to do it all.
So, curling. Curling is what I would like to do casually. It’s more what I’d like to watch. Would drive me nuts to actually compete because I can visualize what I want to do in sports like curling, billiards, golf, but I can’t get my body to make the shot. Who wants to be constantly frustrated? Hockey goalie, not that hockey has anything to do with the Winter Olympics. That’s something I loved as a kid when we played on cement with hollow plastic pucks. Kind of late to *start* using skates.
Downhill? Not unless I learn to deal with my fear of heights and disinterest in slipping. Short track – too slippery and too contentious, where long track seems too repetitive. Maybe luge. Bobsled requires too much getting into the sled.
Another thing I thought about as blog material was content … Uh, that is, I mean, RPG content. Like, instead of talking about playing, post actual material I’ve come up with as a GM, kind of like my Story of O … -tomo Junhime post, only less about trying to get into a widow’s kimono and more like …
The Amulet of Hayat.
The amulet has a blue-green chrysocolla stone set in silver and hangs by a silver chain. Three pod-shaped pieces of volcanic stone banded by brass hang from the primary piece.
Why don’t I explain what it does or its back story or how it got named? The first two because I am waffling on the spoilerness of spoiling in case it appears in Rokugan 1600. The last because the person who inspired it didn’t die a long time ago.
My take on fantasy Mada’in Saleh would probably be fine as a writeup. Actually, I could probably do a summary of my LBS campaign session by session as inspiration for all of those folks living to run LBS. I might even remember what sort of research I felt I needed to do for the horribly underdeveloped setting.
Speaking of which, the whole L5R greater world is a real opportunity for someone to create and develop. Why has there been so little interest in having a Senpet Empire supplement? Doesn’t seem that challenging. Rereading the history of the Yodotai, there are all sorts of references that could be fleshed out into something. Of course, how the continent remotely works when you have the Yodotai just march across it and ignore the Ivory Kingdoms or like anything else about the layout and how it would reasonably function is a mystery.
Besides, I’m not competitive enough to be an Olympic athlete, professional athlete, high school athlete. But, I could coach! “Now, remember, that target stole your lunch money, kill it dead with extreme airgun prejudice. Once you’ve murdered all five of those lunch money stealers, viciously trod over the packed down snow for it is laughing at you and your B- in high school Trigonometry.” Yup, I’d be on the podium of coaches.