In which we playtest our new game, Souls of Steel (by Dave and Elle)!
Souls of Steel is a Powered-by-the-Apocalypse game that emulates ensemble-cast ace pilot military dramas like Battlestar Galactica, Top Gun, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the various Gundam series, etc. and computer games like Wing Commander. The design goal is to develop entertaining social drama, punctuated by intense action sequences, against the backdrop of a larger war.
Here we’re testing an incomplete beta of the game. Some elements are missing and some need to be refined, but this is the third playtest and we’re fairly happy with the overall structure and gameplay.
It’s time to get to know the characters! For this game, we’ve got:
Elle as Tal, the Hex
Yanni as We, the Beloved
Duncan as Quinn, the Gauntlet
Joanna as Lamb, the Bloodletter
Will as Rook, the Spur
Caitlin as Fellow, the Voice
… and D as the MC
This is the first session, after character and world creation. It’s a slice of day-in-the-life, using a technique D cribbed from Todd Nicholas and Megan Pedersen’s Time Cellist – have each character run into the next in an organic sort of way (it mostly worked). There’s not a lot of rolling; you’ll have to wait for Episode 2 to see the mechanics really engage.
We’ve got a special treat for you today! Todd Nicholas and Tom Josephsohn of the Jank Cast have written a dark political fantasy game using the Apocalypse World engine, called The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power (“SCUP” for short). And we have been fortunate enough to be given permission to do a world premiere AP of the game, which is very nearly ready for release! We will also have a review and an interview with the creators after we’re done with the season, which we expect to be 7-10 episodes.
We know that Vincent Baker is also currently working on a Game of Thrones-inspired Powered by the Apocalypse game, Apocalypse World: Dark Age. We feel that there is plenty of room for both in the community, and there are elements of SCUP that are very unique and make this a really amazing and stand-out game.
Our initial session was over four hours; we’ve split it into two episodes. This is the first, and covers world and character creation. World creation in SCUP is one of the most interesting and novel parts of the game and we wanted to make sure we did due diligence with it. We hope you thoroughly enjoy this brand new, world premiere AP!
As the first season of New Sodom starts to wrap up, we introduce a new character to kick off the finale:
Elle as Truth, Hocus and Wolf of the Maelstrom
In this episode, Truth infiltrates the city, Grace infiltrates the Twygers, Susan plans to infiltrate Omie Wise’s tower, and Lively infiltrates a bear (trust us). Meanwhile, Mr. Silver plots and Man goes on an adventures.
We’re working on bringing this season home in the next episode or two, so stay tuned!
Susan and Marrow plan an assault on Omie Wise’s complex. Grace is almost captured. Marrow puts on a show, and Mr. Silver makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Man and Autumn have their first interaction (it doesn’t go well for her). Lively feeds the bears.