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The Game of Powers

The Game of Powers



“Let him finish the ceremony, and then kill him.”

“Kill who?” Edward asked. Every eye turned towards him, and he flushed.

“Oh, dear,” he added awkwardly. “A faux pas. Was that some sort of secret language you were using?”

—from the Thought-Record of Cassius Quirinius

The Game of Powers expands the worlds and rules of Nobilis, moving play away from the tabletop and into live action. The book contains:

  • Guidelines and advice on how to design, prepare, run and play in live-action adventures in the world(s) of Nobilis. Clearly structured and easy to grasp, The Game of Powers is a painless crash-course in everything a player needs to create Nobilis adventures more dramatic than they dreamed possible.
  • Dynamic Nobilis, a fast-moving task-resolution system based around Triumph and Misery. Dynamic Nobilis is designed for live-action play, but can be used to replace the usual Nobilis mechanics for tabletop games. and
  • A complete Dynamic Nobilis adventure, ‘Heaven’s Gate’, concerning the fate of a painting that is part-angel and part-demon. It is suitable for any number of players, though thirty is a sensible upper limit, and less than one may prove impractical. (Though, a crossover with The Tragedy of GJ 237b by P.H. Lee and Aura Belle may, one supposes, be attempted.)

Originally released in paperback May 2003, at which time such a crossover could, well, not.

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Joseph H March 20, 2020 7:23 pm UTC
Are you sure a global pandemic is a good time to re-release your LARP rules?
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Rory H March 25, 2020 9:14 pm UTC
A global pandemic is a pretty good time to release any PDF!

I might get these - I have the main Nobilis book (physical and PDF) but if memory serves, the live action rules were arguably better for tabletop play, while ironically I always felt the tabletop rules were better for live action....
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Joseph H March 29, 2020 7:07 pm UTC
Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that the LARP rules for nobilis are better for tabletop play.
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This title was added to our catalog on March 20, 2020.