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Game Preview - Part 3

Covenant is now all done bar the shouting. I'm just awaiting the final proof copies before I put it live for sale on Lulu.com. Special thanks go to Keith Senkowski, for working tirelessly on the layout.

So, given that layout is done, I can show you the various play sheets that are used in the game:

Each of these sheets contributes to the game in a slightly different way. The cell sheet is for the whole group, including the Director, and its content relates back to the earlier preview, Preparing for Play

The character sheet contains all that a player needs for their protagonist (rules included). Other characters are written in the crucible in the middle, to show how their agendas affect the protagonist. It's a great tool for helping set good scenes.

The antagonist sheet is for the Director to record details of antagonists created during the game. It's not a taxing job coming up with these, since the players provide suggestions on the important people part of the cell sheet and the crucible on their character sheet.

Art Preview - Part 3

This is the front art from chapter four, "Scenes and Narration."

Illustration: Woman arrives on a murder scene, just as the perpatrator leaves...

I wanted an image that captured the essence of the game's approach to scenes. In Covenant each scene must be described with reference to the following criteria:

  • An emotional connection between a protagonist and the events
  • A conflict to be resolved
  • Urgency

The scene in question was inspired by one of the opening scenes from the demo I ran at Conpulsion. Our female protagonist arrives, her friend lies near death on the floor, and the perpetrator has just left... What does she do now?

Game Preview - Part 2

This snippet comes from the third chapter of Covenant, "Preparing for Play."

The first stage in preparing a Covenant game is a discussion between the players about the game's themes, approach and how it is likely to flow. The purpose of this is to brainstorm details of the cell to which the player's characters will belong, define the areas that interest you in the setting and avoid conflicts of expectation later on. Details are filled in on the cell playsheet (there is one at the end of the book) and should include:

  • A list of elements you want to see in the game's fiction, divided into conventions and motifs
  • The cell's former purpose
  • The cell's name and location
  • People important to the cell

Conventions and motifs are a great part of the game. The group uses them to agree the ground rules, both in terms of how the fictional world works and the recurring elements that describe it. However, you don't just brainstorm them and then file them away, they become an intrinsic part of the resolution system.

Art Preview - Part 2

This is the top half of the front piece for the first chapter of Covenant, "The End of the World Never Happened."

Illustration : Our hero enters the sanctum

This unnamed character is one the recurring protagonists from the illustrations. The idea being that a story is implied by the series illustrations, but you can decide what it is for yourself. As to the sanctum he's walking in on, well, you'll have to buy the book to see...