Posted By: joepubI will forever hateBrilliant Aura, the game that purports to be a cross between Exalted and modern supers.
It's broken, because the set skill list is vastly overpowered by the freeform, user-defined Powers system.
This makes it impossible to play common folk well, and yet the premise and structure REQUIRE some players to play common folk.
This is total bullshit!
They make a game where you need some people playing common folk, and then punish those who are willing to with mechanical disempowerment.
So I am told apparently I am designing the second edition to this travesty of a roleplaying game. As if such could even be justly saddled with that title. I feel the poster's anguish over this ridiculous mishmash. But! That is no excuse for defeatism; I shall endeavor to lift this property from the mire of mediocrity that is the American mainstream, to achieve true Art and Emotive Integrity. But to show the masses their way, I first need their help!
Now, you do not need to tell ME how do design a game! Even the most oblivious of forumgoers is no doubt familiar with the cohesion and artistry of my first effort, Manse of Silver.
embedding true dream-state imagining into a framework of rules is my stock in trade. But I I confess I am lost on the subject matter. These are the supposed tropes of the so-called "Geek Culture", yes? I call on you Geeks (so-called) to relieve me!
I acquired a PDF scan of the first edition game, but soon deleted it in disgust. Such pseudo-rationalist drivel! I'll instead ask directly the devotees of these idioms. Now, the idiom of "modern supers" is no difficulty. As the writer of Fabricated American
, I am well-acquainted with deconstructing the pregnant symbolism of the United States' anarcho-facist fantasies.But this "Exalted". . .? I am lost, having avoided all such exposure to this particular species of juvenilism. What are its themes? What, however garbled, speaks to inner soul of mankind, in this game? I have inquired on other forums where such gaming is de rigeur
, and got nothing but rantings about "anime" and "stunts" and rolling of dices. Very confusing. So tell me, Story games! What in Exalted speaks to you, in your human heart?
Amsterdam, 02:56 20 July, 2009