Welcome to my game. No, It hasn’t started yet, I am still putting the pieces together and have yet to even thinking about players, but make yourself at home. I plan to start small and grow into a wider campaign. The traditional way of starting a fantasy game is with the player getting into a bar fight and then heading out onto the road together seeking fame, fortune and of course adventure. Well my story does not start with a bar fight but there is threat of violence aplenty and the Grand Stair is a long road with infinite opportunities for adventure.
The Grand Stair is a concept from the Lords of Gossamer and Shadow which I have chosen for the system behind my game. The game grew from, and is a development of the Amber Diceless system and I feel that the open, narrative and player driven nature of system is perfect for an online game. The players should feel as much a creator in the game as the gamemaster, whose role becomes more a facilitator who shepherds the players towards a story which is rewarding both to the players and himself.
In Lords of Gossamer and Shadow the players take on the role of travellers between potentially infinite parallel worlds by use of Doors. Doors are magical portals which open onto the Grand Stair which links with other Doors to the other worlds. Thus the players can come from worlds limited only by their imagination. Fantasy kingdoms with elves and orcs. Cyberpunk worlds of hi-tech steam driven robots. Worlds very much like our own. Maybe with magic. It is up to the players. It is the Grand Stair that links these worlds and the ability to travel the stairways and corridors of the Grand Stair is what make the players different from the myriad other beings from across the Gossamer worlds.
I started with the a few characters more to test the obsidian portal site more than anything else.Keaka M’Toa, is an original character, and the first NPC that came to mind when I dreamt up the story. She is a character that the player’s can hook into, someone that the players can have empathy with, and have some history with. She is a Warden of the Grand Stair, which means she has the ability to travel between Gossamer worlds using the Grand Stair, but she is most at home in her own domain the paradise realm of Pu’uloa. This island kingdom is a haven of peace and tranquility, somewhere that the travellers between Gossamer worlds can rest and heal. It is a place of welcome and hospitality and Keaka is the perfect host.
Like Keaka, I would like to invite you to my home. See the sights. Meet the people. Enjoy your stay. I cannot promise It will always be so peaceful but it will be a ride.