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Motif Character Engine (Player and Character Emulation)


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  • Motif Character Engine is a companion product to the Motif Story Engine
    • It provides a dice system and guidance for emulating characters and players
  • Enhance your solo and GM-less experiences! 
    • Add characters to your main group with ease.
    • Emulate players to round out parties and play groups.
    • More easily play RPGs alone that rely on full groups or group interaction.
  • Turn your solo play experience into a solo GM experience! 
    • Emulate players and characters to GM your own solo game.
    • Play through pre-generated adventures with a sense of mystery and suspense driven by the uncertainty of the oracle system.
    • Try out new games and modules on the fly.
    • Playtest games in development.

Patches and play guidance will be expanded over time. 
MCE was originally designed as a complement to the Motif Story Engine

The Motif Character Engine is a modular character and player emulator:

  • Relies on a series of "templates" and characteristics to help seed behavior.
  • Uses a simple backbone of 3d6 rolls.
  • Mix and match "flavors" to produce a wide variety of behavior and action results.
  • Ask questions about characters just as you would ask a player or story narrator.
  • Simple results and lists that drive your story without getting in the way.
  • Extensible, easily hacked and reskinned for a variety of genres and play styles.

V2 Updates!

  • Errata fixes
  • Extensive text revisions
  • All new scalable Groups patch!

A series of toolkits that enable GM-less, GM-lite "no prep", and solo roleplaying. They are modular and easily hackable. They are also game agnostic! Use them to enable GM-less and solo play with your favorite games. 

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This is a "backer" type edition.
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Eike Z August 22, 2021 6:44 pm UTC
There is the character template with motives etc, and then there are the character engine oracles, but I have no idea how the former is supposed to influence the latter. I suppose if character motive is greed and the statue in the dungeon seems to have eyes made out of rubys, I'd suppose that should influence the character oracles, but I don't see how. Similarly with the player template.
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chris C July 03, 2021 7:45 pm UTC
We need links to actual game play with this system.
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Neil John P February 15, 2022 10:05 am UTC
I agree, the lack of examples in the book really hurts its chances as there's not a lot of Player/Character Emulator actual plays (apart from a singular article that uses Player Emulator with Tags).
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Shane F April 14, 2021 8:57 am UTC
Do you have any examples of play? The system itself is explained but there are no examples which would greatly help in understanding how and why to use it. Many tools like this have pages of examples to ease new users into the system. As it stands it seems fairly complex and doesn't seem to add a lot more than a standard Oracle but I suspect I am missing the finer points. I am interested in using it to emulate companions or sidekicks to my main PC in a solo campaign. I find it easy to decide what they do in response to events and if not I use an Oracle. What I really want is something to generate input from them. Interactions between the group to improve the immersion.
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Mattias L November 30, 2020 4:42 am UTC
Any news on the update for this?
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Peter C December 17, 2020 2:25 pm UTC
Sorry we missed your comment! The character engine was updated to version 2.
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Mattias L January 14, 2021 12:24 am UTC
I'm new to DTRPG so I have to ask, how do I receive the update if I have already bought the product?
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Brian M January 20, 2021 4:14 pm UTC
If you go to the my library page and select the updated only tab it will show you all of your purchased items that have been updated since you last downloaded them.
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Mattias L January 26, 2021 7:21 pm UTC
Many thanks.
Good product!
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