Playtesting of Hari Ragat continues, with Marc Reyes running sessions in Makati using his FAE conversion, and recently another Manila-based gamer, Fabs Bulwayen, running the test scenario impromptu last weekend. Thanks guys! Hoping to get after-action reports posted here soon.
One of the lessons we’re learning from these playtests is that we need to help players navigate the milieu. The epic background we used in Hari Ragat is actually unfamiliar even to the typical Fiipino teenager (which points to a gaping hole in our educational program!), so sometimes they’re not sure how to proceed at certain points, or take actions with their characters that aren’t optimal or considered admirable in the setting.
Marc and I were discussing this earlier via Google hangout, and we came up with this: a ‘What Would My Ancestors Do/Know?’ card. It’s just a card, you could use a standard playing card or even a calling card. Holding it up signals the GM that you would like info that should be common knowledge to your character, or you’d like to know what the ancestors would’ve considered the proper thing to do in your character’s current situation. Likewise, the GM can hold up this card at anytime during play to impart such information to the group.
I’m getting old! I forgot to add that this: If you took a specific patron ancestor at character creation, the GM may give you an answer based on the viewpoint of your patron ancestor. So if your patron ancestor happened to be a notorious pirate, well, you’ll get a piratey reply! Arr!