Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Proposal: Creature Feature

Enacted 6-0. Josh

Adminned at 15 Jul 2021 08:17:32 UTC

In the rule Crypt of Dracula, change the paragraph that starts “Lighting a Room is a Power Action with a cost of 3” to read as follows:

Lighting a Room is a Power Action with a cost of 3 plus the total Shadow scores of the Effects being placed in that Room (the total cost of this action cannot be less than 1). The Vampire Lord carrying it out may select a room and set it to Lit, giving it a name and a description, marking it as Newly Furnished, and any number of Effects (or “none” if it has no Effects), in an order of the Vampire Lord’s choosing. A Room may not have more than one copy of an Effect. When adding an Effect with the string ‘[x]’ in its description, a Vampire Lord must replace [x] with their own name. A Room may be considered to have any property implied by an effect (e.g. a room can be said to “have a Glyph”, “be blocked from the north”, “be Daunting”), although the text of the Effect is sovereign for determining such properties.

In the same rule, change “There is a list of Lit rooms which is publicly tracked, showing - for each room - the name of the room, a brief flavour-text description of its contents, and its effect on Richardo von Nestor when he enters it” to read “There is a list of Lit rooms which is publicly tracked, showing - for each room - the name of the room, a brief flavour-text description of its contents, and any Effects it has.”

In the rule Richardo’s Journey, change

Apply any effects of the features of his current location, in the order that they are listed in the rule Features, to Richardo

to read

Apply any Effects at his current location, in the order that they are listed in the rule Effects, to Richardo

Throughout the rest of the ruleset, wherever it appears, change the word “Feature” to “Effect” and “Features” to “Effects”, including renaming the rule Features to Effects.

The distinction between Features and Effects isn’t really useful.

Comments

ais523:

13-07-2021 09:19:36 UTC

So when looking through the ruleset to see whether this would break anything (in particular, whether it would cause rooms to lose all their existing features in the transition), I noticed that room effects aren’t officially being tracked anywhere, making them an orphan variable (and thus making the entire gameplay of this dynasty so far illegal). This probably needs a CFJ to fix, but the wording would need to be tied into the wording of this proposal somehow (at least, we’d need to make sure the two were compatible).

Josh: he/they

13-07-2021 09:25:43 UTC

“There is a list of Lit rooms which is publicly tracked, showing - for each room - the name of the room, a brief flavour-text description of its contents, and its effect on Richardo von Nestor when he enters it.

Kevan: City he/him

13-07-2021 09:30:32 UTC

Only a few of the Features directly affect Richardo upon his entering the room, though: this doesn’t cover the movement blockers, or the Features that only refer to Vampire Lords.

Josh: he/they

13-07-2021 09:32:08 UTC

Sure, the wording can be tightened up, but I’m not sure that the argument that they’re orphaned would fly.

I’ll make an edit to make the wording more compliant.

ais523:

13-07-2021 09:39:48 UTC

Ah, got it. The wording was so loose that I couldn’t find it even by searching the ruleset, but it is there.

This also implies that this change won’t blank the currently existing lists of features, because they’re already called effects in the defining rule.

Kevan: City he/him

13-07-2021 17:03:43 UTC

for

ais523:

13-07-2021 18:55:24 UTC

imperial

Clucky: he/him

14-07-2021 16:09:01 UTC

imperial

Brendan: he/him

14-07-2021 16:32:30 UTC

for

lemon: she/her

14-07-2021 23:03:46 UTC

for