[Let’s Study The Strange by Monte Cook Games] Part 3: Translations

Posted: September 24, 2014 by pointyman2000 in Roleplaying Games, The Strange
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One of the most interesting concepts in The Strange has to be that of Translation. Essentially, player characters are able to shift from one recursion to another through a process called Translation, which changes a person so that they fit and make sense in the new world that they’re going to.

The process of translation is neat because it gives the character a different look and even skills that fit the recursion. This process of Translation can make a character look very different in another world.

Translation is performed by player characters (and other special characters) through the process of a four-hour trance. After a Translation recursor need to acclimatize to their new world, which leaves them slightly vulnerable as they cannot access their focus abilities during this time as they settle into place.

Translation isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, however, as it also requires knowledge or a sympathetic connection to the recursion you plan to Translate to. This can be an object from the destination recursion, or a likeness of the destination (like a photo) or knowledge of three specific and related details about the destination recursion, or finally a recursion key.

These are only necessary on the first visit, as recursor can go back to any recursion they’ve visited before without these.

Translation isn’t a certain thing, as there’s a chance that the process could fail, and spectacularly so. This could lead the team in some very weird situations as they might find themselves in a strange and unknown recursion and will be forced to survive until they recover enough to translate back to a familiar world.

Out of all the concepts I’ve run into so far in this game, Translation is perhaps the one that I’m having the most fun with in The Strange.

This comes from the fact that recursions can be pretty much anywhere you can think of. With the tendency of some recursions to be brought into existence by leaking literature or fiction from our world to The Strange, you can have adventures where player characters end up Translating to Equestria from My Little Pony, or Eternia from He-Man.

Regardless of where they end up, there’s bound to be all sorts of fun you can have from trying to figure out the new recursion and what you have to do when you’re there.

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