On the stuff to watch thread, John posted up the new Mythender character sheet
, and Andy implied that he wanted to learn more. Also, at Camp Nerdly, when I was telling folks about past Mythender exploits, John asked me why I wasn't talking about it somewhere.
I gave him a lame excuse: "I'm all weird about self-promotion." I was rightly chastised for that attitude. So, fuck it, here are some of my favorite moments in the last year-and-a-half of playing this game. (This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of awesome. If you're one of the 49 people who have played Mythender, please share your moments!)
First, there's the moment in that post, when Mike's character, Rashid al-Jabbar, nearly both died & became a Myth. That was some high drama after an exciting fight.
My friend Jeremy Tidwell goes pretty fucking gonzo in his play, and playing Mythender is like unchaining him and telling him to sic a burglar.
At the end of our last adventure, he and Mike's character (Rashid al-Jabbar from the link above) were fighting a renegade Mythender who was looking to bring the word of Allah to giants. They were not going to let that stand. For Jeremy's second action in that fight, well, here's how best I can remember his phrasing:
"Okay, I'm on the horse. I slump to the side and ride low, using my [Cunning of a world weary warlord]. I ride around him wide, flanking. Then the horse speeds up, and I jump off, plant my feet into the ground, bringing the horse up and SWINGING IT INTO THE DUDE. As the horse connects, it kicks him in the face!"
My friend Jeremy, playing a 12 year old French girl inspired by Joan d'Arc, beat a dude with a horse.
Beat a dude with a horse.
I think after that the horse got thrown into the chasm. I guess its usefulness was done. I was hoping he'd say the horse lived, cuz, hey, badass horse.
One of my favorite characters was created by Brendan Adkins at GPNW II. He made a kid who was the sole survivor of one of the Children's Crusades. He went to Mythic Norden in order to make this and all land pure for God's children. He wielded a giant hammer, and was so touched by purity that his feet never touched earth -- it was too impure for him.
The part that made this badass -- this Mythender, this badass font of purity with his hammer of god -- was six fucking years old.
Just imagine playing someone who takes a look at this child and know, without a doubt, that this hero of six years has seen more horror and hell that whatever NPC your playing has, and knows that this kid, if he so wishes, can end your village with a thought.
I love playing NPCs in Mythender, because I love highlighting the raw power by playing people completely scared of them. I wish I got to play an NPC opposite of Brendan's character in our game, because, hey, uncompromising, battle-scarred, all-powerful six year old.
This one I'm about to share has been a pivotal moment in Mythender's creation. At GPNW II (same game as above), Joe McDonald was playing a Mythender who won a gold violin in a contest against the Metatron. He's fighting a dragon and the earth itself (represented by a sentient mountain). In the previous turn, the mountain harmed & encased Joe's character.
At the point, Joe says "Okay, my origin story isn't done...but it will be next turn." His turn comes around, and I ask him "What's your action?"
"I die and am reborn."
I swear, folks, the look on my face must have been priceless. Someone finally pushed my game to it's narrative limit, and I understood what I did to Paul's playtest in the previous GPNW when I said in our Penny game "Yes, and I haven't had a day off in 300 years."
I thought for a moment and said, "I don't think I can tell you no. But that's totally grandstanding." He only had three Thunder dice, but he did it, and gained enough Lightning to harm the earth back. Joe's character died and was reborn...and that HURT his foe.
Dying and being reborn...as a combat action. That's the example I keep coming back to when I say "Seriously, guys, as long as you can justify it and everyone else at the table is cool, anything can harm your opponent."
That's what I have right now. If you have any questions about how anything got handled or whatever, feel free to ask. I'll probably add some others when I have time later. Also, share your moments if you have them!