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Catharsis, Pact with a Blue Devil, Angola

September 9, 2007

Several interesting things are afoot.

First, after playtesting While You’re Far Away with Josh (for whom I wrote the game originally), I finished up an updated version which will be printed in Elizabeth’s magazine, Catharsis.

Second, I recently agreed to co-develop a crossover hippy/traditional game with Justin D. Jacobson of Blue Devil Games, who may or may not be joining us here at Secret Wars. The idea is to try to bridge the silly internet bullshit about the divide between indie and traditional games by pairing up designers for collaborative projects. I’m pushing for us to use d20 as a base, since I’ve never played it or played with it before, but we’ll see how that develops.

Thirdly, Jason Morningstar has posted yet another game design challenge, which has, I think, goaded me into writing a game about Angola based on Malcolm Craig’s Cold City. This post is becoming a dumping point for my wikipedia research on Angolan history (which I’ve already read a bunch about while researching South Africa for work). Here goes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:History_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ethnic_groups_in_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Rivers_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Angola

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precolonial_history_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_history_of_Angola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Colonial_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angolan_War_of_Independence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angolan_Civil_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasanje_Kingdom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbangala
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Matamba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngoyo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Ndongo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakongo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kongo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Nzinga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nkisi

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2 comments

  1. One of the things you can see in the new World of Darkness games (Promethean especially) are so-called Indie Game elements taking if not a front seat, then a much more noticable on the team.


  2. Yeah, it is pretty cool to see some of that. I thought Motivations and Intimacies in Exalted 2nd were also a slight indicator. Also, Ben heard from someone that a bunch of the Wolfies are playing a lot of Polaris, which is way cool. And they got Jared to write “Monster Garage” for the Vampire Chronicler’s Guide.



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