Monday, November 09, 2015

Proposal: Shadow of a Doubt

Passes 4-0. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 10 Nov 2015 08:29:02 UTC

To “Shadows”, add:-

A Reader with no Shadow may Approach a Shadow at any time by sending a direct message to the High Arcanist to that effect. Exactly 48 hours after a Reader Approaches a Shadow, that Reader gains that Shadow.

A Reader who has a Shadow or has Approached one should pretend that this is not the case, when communicating with other Readers.

Add a new Aura to the list in “Auras”:-

  • Luck. (A Reader with Luck may, when drawing a card for the Daily Communal Action, draw an Unrevealed Card of their choice instead of a random Card. Upon doing so, they lose this Aura.)

Reword the effect of “Treachery” to:-

A Reader with Treachery may, once per dynasty, gain the Aura of Luck. A Reader with Treachery who achieves Victory and makes a successful DoV may not pass the role of High Arcanist to any other Reader.

In “Divination”, change “If ever a Reader has all of the Cards in their Divination in their own Discard pile then they may once gain a Shadow of their choice, by sending a direct message to the High Arcanist to that effect, then Shuffling.” to:-

If ever a Reader has all of the Cards in their Divination in their own Discard pile then they may gain the Aura of Luck.

As I understand it, the Shadow of Treachery is intended to inject some uncertainty into coin-flip victory scams (where two or three players agree to force a victory for one of their number, on the grounds that the winner will then pass the victory at random). If Treachery is only awarded by a lengthy and public game action, then it doesn’t work as well for that, and there’s not much point in the Shadows being secret.

The Shadow system probably also needs an explicit instruction to lie, so that players can feel in-game triumphant rather than metagame guilty for
tricking someone into handing them a victory.

Comments

Brendan:

11-09-2015 18:51:43 UTC

for

quirck:

11-09-2015 20:53:10 UTC

for

Josh:

11-09-2015 23:25:58 UTC

imperial This doesn’t strike me as a better way of getting towards Shadows.