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Let's be honest: most RPGs suck at simulating the high stakes, give-and-take, threaten-and-cajole world of court intrigueThe Eternal Dance is explicitly designed for it, so you can play games in the worlds of Game of Thrones, Dune, House of Cards, Mad Men, or similar high-stakes situations where swinging a sword won't do you much good.

The Eternal Dance is an improv game of court intrigue. It requires no dice rolls or randomizers. You create characters that have strong needs, alliances, and relationships, and the game provides scenes, crises, and a structure for your play.

This release includes PDF, Mobi, ePub, and azw3 releases for all major eReaders.

Here are the basics of the game:

The players decide on the basic setting of the world: genre, factions, conflicts, etc.

Each character is made up of a name, at least 2 needs, a faction, resources, and relationships. Relationships consist of the name of another character, a noun describing the relationship, and an adjective describing the relationship's specific character (e.g., Passionate Lover of John or Desperate Blackmailer of Clayton).

The game is then played as a series of scenes. The first scene involves all the characters and a challenge that they face. The game then proceeds in "pair scenes" with two players apiece until every player has been in 2 pair scenes. Then a major crisis occurs that involves all the players, which is followed by pair scenes, and ends with a scene involving all the characters.

Each type of scene has specific triggers to end it.

The rules include a play sample, character sheets, suggestions for adapting 4 well-known pop culture worlds to the game, and 2 original playsets with sample characters and locations: a Mafia playset and a fantasy playset.

 
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SYS010
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File Last Updated:
July 23, 2015
This title was added to our catalog on July 23, 2015.