A few weeks ago I got to do an interview with Neall Raemonn Price, the lead developer of Scion 2nd edition, for my other blog www.keepontheheathlands.com
You should check it out. I’ll wait.
Yay! You’re back or you never left, its fine either way, really.
Some of you might be wondering what Scion is, and why it’s a game you should be excited about. Well, let me tell you this. Scion is a game of modern myth and epic heroism. In this game, you have the ability to endure a heroic journey that may exalt your players to Godhood. The game recently wrapped up its Kickstarter, where they raised $334,714, wow!
Here are X reasons to be excited for this new edition of this great game.
Callings are archetypes that are a big element of your character creation. In the new edition there are 11 callings in the new edition. They are, Creator, Guardian, Healer, Hunter, Judge, Leader, Liminal, Lover, Sage, Trickster, and Warrior. Your Calling is impacted by your Divine heritage, but this can change through play and can by syncretized with other Divine elements. This allows for a significant amount of customization and character creation.
The Pantheons you can be associated with have increased significantly. First, the core book will include: Aesir (Norse), Devas (Vedic), Kami (Japanese), Manitou (Algonquian), Netjer (Egyptian, formerly Pesedjet), Orisha (Yoruban), Shen (Chinese, formerly the Celestial Bureaucracy), Teotl (Aztec formerly Atzlanti), Theoi (Greco-Roman, formerly Dodekatheon), and the Tuatha de Dannen (Irish). On top of this, the Scion Companion that was funded through Kickstarter funds will increase the options with; the Loa, Gallic, Yazata, and the ability to create your own with an example the Atlantean Pantheon.
3) Earplay Audio Drama:
Scion will have an audio drama created to highlight the world. Onyx Path has been working with this cool new company called Earplay for a few projects and so… is White Wolf! This is a really innovative way of developing a new gaming related product. I got a chance to hear the teaser at the Grand Masquerade, and then again on their website. These are supposed to be interactive, choose-your-own adventure type audio dramas. Combine that with the heroic elements of Scion and I think this will be a super exciting product.
4) Scion LARP:
What? Yes, during the Kickstarter Onyx Path revealed they will be developing LARP rules for Scion. They will be working with Damocles Thread to develop this new version of this game. I personally think this is great. Scion is a fun system, and LARP is a fun activity as I’ve said before on this blog, so I hope you check it out.
5) Community Content Creation!?:
Similar to the Dungeon Master’s Guild, Onyx Path will be pursuing a plan to allow fan created content to be officially released and sold with Onyx Path approval. Whoa. This program is still being developed and exactly how it will look is up in the air, but I think this is a great move. Someday I’ll be able to develop my entire pantheon of Middle Earth based Malar and Valar for use in Scion… doesn’t that interest you? What… come back… it’s a great idea… really.
6) Storypath System:
This new version of the d10 system that White Wolf/Onyx Path fans are used to is great. I did a quick review of the preview over here, and I really think it will make for more cinematic and action orientated games, without being as dice heavy as the original edition of Scion. Plus, this system will be used for the Trinity Continuum of games, including Aberrant, Trinity, and Adventure! All of this is incredibly exciting for long-term fans of that universe, like myself.
There is a ton of information out there for those of you interested in taking a look at Scion. Please let us know what elements you are most excited about!
With 17 years of playing rpgs, Josh started with Mind's Eye Theater LARPs and loves the World of Darkness. He recently launched,www.keepontheheathlands.com to support his gaming projects. Josh is the administrator of the Inclusive Gaming Network on Facebook. He’s a player in Underground Theatre’s and One World By Nights Vampire LARPs and is running both a Mage game and a Dark Ages: Vampire game. He’s a serious advocate for inclusive gaming spaces, a father, and a recent graduate from the International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate program at American University in Washington, D.C.
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