Here I present a guide for the Dangerous Journeys System. The Guide is called Dweomer, and it is a fantasy guide set in the modern day, though not exactly in the modern world.
In Dweomer magick works, as does science. For as far as I can see magick and science do not contradict each other. Science for all purposes is a way of dealing with information, a way to investigate claims and hypotheses, while magick is a way of handling matters and affecting the real world. In Dweomer magick works in conjunction with science, for science is really just a way to explain what is going on. Neither science or magick contradict each other when you get right down to it.
Along with magick Dweomer as a guide also features highly advanced science. Science greatly advanced over our for in Dweomer there are resources –magickal resources– that we don’t have. But keep in mind that this is my thinking on the matter, how I see things. For I can see no reason why a world with magick has to be irrational. Which means I’ve got my work cut out for me. The most important part is that the magick in Dweomer means things are going to be possible that are not in our reality. In the Dweomer Oarth –their version of Earth– magick is used for a lot of things. Just as Astrology has castings in the Ærth of Mythus, so Astronomy has castings in the Oarth of Dweomer. And they’re used pretty much for what you’d expect. Thanks to castings they can see the star Sirius in real time, the present day in other words. Paleontologists can send probes back into time to watch events in the Jurassic and find out where it is most likely fossils or various kinds can be found in the present day. Thanks to divination they have learned how Oarth’s Abraham Lincoln avoided assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth in 1865, only later to die of a heart condition connected to his Marfan’s Syndrome in 1868.
Now in the DJ group on FaceBook we’ve had talks about magick and castings for other than adventures and adventurers. It is estimated that in Mythus for instance there are some 1,000 castings, with more hinted at. Cooking as a skill for example as a few magickal effects suggested. As far as I can see, in Dweomer the number of castings may well number in the hundreds of thousands, what with such as Mechanics and Negotiation having their own lists.
Also known as a system an RPG’s engine is the set of mechanics the Guide and Players use to model or emulate the world of the setting. It lays out what is possible or impossible in a setting and is most often used to settle disputes and guide choices.
Each role playing guide –RPG– has a unique engine, to one degree or another, and some can be complicated while others are simple. As far as I’m concerned the matter is not that the engine appears realistic but gives realistic results. So the combat engine in Tunnels and Trolls is –to me– more realistic in it’s results than most any other combat system out there.
Now keep in mind that we’re not talking about a game of any sort, so you don’t need to fuss about play balance. All you really need to concern yourself with is that the engine you use doesn’t favor anyone to any degree, and that it is easier to understand and use. I have run across RPG engines that were just too hard to comprehend, so I don’t bother with trying to remember which ones they were. Speaking as an autistic, they were just too good at triggering a melt down. Melt downs are no fun.
So now that you know my position on RPG engines and how I understand them, we can go on to further entries in this series.
At this moment my plans are to get a new MacBook should I have the money for it come Sept. Why a new MacBook? So I’ll have the latest operating system for the Mac and so be able to use the latest 3rd party software. I’m hoping to have about $800 come Sept. 1st, and that with the extra $700 I’ll have after rent gets paid means $1500 for the computer. And why a MacBook? So I can get out of the house to do work and surf the net.
By my definition an RPG –role playing guide– is a guide to playing a role in an imaginary world. It is not a game, nor is story involved even though an RPG involves fiction. In an RPG an adventure is more like life even though it is make believe. An RPG is more a simulation or model of life for all that it is a matter of fiction or the imaginary.
That is how I see things and how I’m going to handle matters. Now on to the matter of the system or engine used in RPGs
Seeing as I’m now home after a month or so away I’m restarting matters, this time by posting a definition of sorts. That definition being on the word “guides”.
As I understand it a guide is a set of directions to a setting or subject. You have guides for museums for instance, or for the subject of felines. In this case the guide I’ll be writing about is for the subject of role playing, where the role playing in question is in regards to a group of people gathering together under a guide for the purpose of playing roles in an imaginary world. In other words role playing guides. The details we’ll get into later.
7-26-20: Just got a notebook to write in thanks to one of the nurses here. Here being Parkway Hills Nursing and Rehab in La Mesa CA. I’m here because I wrecked my left knee in a fall. A bit later my heart and lungs decided to mess up. Wound up at Scripps Mercy in Hillcrest for a few days, then got transferred here for rehab..
Oh, before I forget, my knee got screwed up before the other things popped up. Couldn’t walk really, so when my lung etc. started giving my problems my caregiver told me to call emergency, where they decided I was having heart failure and they kept me for awhile.
While I was gone my caregiver Roxanne got my apartment cleaned up so it looks a lot better now that I’m home.
I asked for money earlier and got over $500, but now I get to wait until Stripe transfers it to my bank. However at the moment I need money right now in order to get such as milk and water, especially the water.
The deal is this, at the moment I can’t get around my apartment on my feet and that hurts my wee suffering knees. You can send a ducat or florin to my PayPal account that would be great. Say, $20 or so to cover the cost of the water etc and the cost of delivery. A nurse called me to say I should be getting a visit later today and she insists I get hydrated. You can help? Great.