We’re playing this weekend! RPG #3 with the missus and some friends. She adored Sagas and was meh on Firefly, so I’m thinking going back to PbtA is a safe bet.
Went looking for the Dark Streets material and of course it redirects right back to Magpie’s US landing page. I guess I knew it wasn’t available yet, somewhere at the back of my brain.
A confession: I’m feeling like the city setup advice in US is intimidating and/or contradictory. On the one hand, you want a real city so you have real history and social context. Well…I haven’t lived outside metro Phoenix in forever, and my feelings about playing in your hometown run between fun and horrible. I’ve been to many, many cities. I don’t feel like I have a useful grasp of their histories and cultural textures. And given the game’s emphasis on intersectionality, that seems important.
OTOH Drew Medeiros makes it clear that you can and should just make up whatever about the city you choose and not worry about the details. Real politics are dumb and boring so, yeah, let’s put a thousand-year-old sorcerer in the mayor’s office and a gang of werewolves in charge of the city’s SWAT assets.
So I’m not sure where my feet will land. Set the game up where I know the textures extremely well, and use that knowledge? Or throw a dart at a map and just make shit up out of whatever I’ve seen in the movies? Tokyo is pretty much all katana-wielding Yakuza on street bikes, right? SLC is all LDS and meth heads, Cairo is bazaars and those guys who warble up in the towers.
When I was a callow youth and played shittons of World of Darkness games — yes, US is a huge nostalgia trip for me — I lived and died by the Splat by Night books. And then I’d go to the city, see that the coverage was awful, and decry the by Night material. So I think I have WoD damage. I think most gamers over the age of 40 probably have WoD damage.