To wrap up this quick series of posts regarding ideal Long-Term Campaigns are the answers from our other Exalted GM, Sheimaruen. A fan of anime and Japanese culture in general, Sheimaruen usually has a macabre sense of humor, and a strong sense of making a large setting with multiple moving factions.
- World of Darkness – Black Lagoon-ish: starting as mortals: transition to anything… like the hunter game: spanning from city wide supernatural conflicts, to going home to the sound of the neighbors on drugs, and the wails of that badly beaten housewife 3 doors down.
- L5R: sandboxy game – set before Scorpion Clan coup. With references to katanagatari, since everything past the 2nd Day of Thunder is FFnet. preferably players are friends from different clans before the clan war- gempukku (topaz championship) then coup happens, suddenly agendas vs. friendships… maybe even a relationship or two. Characters must weigh choices – bushido vs. needs of the empire vs. personal relationships and goals.
- Exalted – starting from the primordial war, all the way to current time or the Scarlet empress. Players will expect to reincarnate – start out as celestials: at least until the usurpation and return – in which case Abyssals and Infernals Open up. Transitioning will the the challenge but it’d be interesting to see how bonds will work out through the ages.
I have no doubts that all three games will involve a lot of inter-group politics and maneuvering, something of a hallmark now of Alvin’s style of play. That said caution looks like the order of the day as who knows who’s toes you might be stepping on by accident.