Old Boardgame Grognard
- Aug 31, 2008
Nicely written indeed. And a great little line to finish on - it seemed small to look at but packed a bigger punch than expected. Just like Cosma.
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My new AAR is waaaay less resource intensive but this one is always going to be the prized possession to return to whenever I can. Although I'm going to really try and actually do a few chapters this time, and push to get to the actual flipping game start (8 pages and....2 years in! Even @El Pip tends to at least get to some gameplay by now!It's always nice to see an update here.
Eventually, as I said above. He'll get there, we all will. Hopefully. Definitely this year.Nicely written indeed. And a great little line to finish on - it seemed small to look at but packed a bigger punch than expected. Just like Cosma.
Yes, after all that scholarly and noble pursuits of truth and such, I realised that the guy did have quite a bit of iron and blood within him too. This is the guy who turned Venice into a more expansionist power after all...and went toe to toe with the greatest powers in the world. Though even he doesn't know that's coming yet (instory).Cosma has awoken to an inborn blood lust, it seems. Given how vicious medieval Italy could be, it might serve him well if he learns to master it and temper it with compassion for the innocent.
Mm. He was very good at manipulating the crowd. It's how he stayed alive in office initially and how eventually he secured his potion permanently. Sure bread and circuses will get you far, but it won't get you into office, more keep you there. Honestly though, his honour and compassion gets him ridiculous praise and respect from many after a while, even if it doesn't lead to some truly harrowing situations later on.Love is certainly a potent force indeed, and a leader who can inspire genuine love in his followers will win a potent following indeed. Unfortunately, the ability to inspire that kind of love is accordingly difficult to master, which is why many rulers with more ambition than skill prefer to wield fear instead...
You aren't using enough commas, it's holding you back.
Hol, from the ancient Nordic word meaning "Slowly turns into a Puddle".Hol, as it turned out, was a traveller from the distant High North. He was a man of ice and snow but carried within great fire and heart.
Perhaps, but I was going for a shortened version of th name that means 'small island'. I also didn't want to use Hod, or Hodr, because really that's too cheap a metaphor.Hol, from the ancient Nordic word meaning "Slowly turns into a Puddle".
Interesting musings. I wonder how the next update will make you think? Leone is going to be very important though, yes.Cosmo's dark side coming out in that update. Not entirely surprising but still a shame for Leone that he was on the end of it. I do have a bad feeling about Leone's future fate, you get the impression that Cosmo will keep him around during his rise to power, but if he hits a rough patch Cosmo would chuck him to the mob without hesitation.
Yeeees. You know, one day I'll finish this bloody degree.Oh no, not hospital again!?
Very unfortunate to hear. Here's hoping you get plenty of time to rest and recuperate
Well at least we all got a class game of cricket.Yes, sorry to hear it but I always admire the stoicism and optimism you seem to apply to such situations. I’m only a periodic checker of watched threads at the moment (sitting in a Cheltenham hotel room and off to my sixth game of the cricket tour in a few hours) but will tune in when I can on Lancaster.
We're finally getting to characters that exist and have ingame impact! Maria is one that sticks around for a long time and provides another viewpoint for the team in Venice. But yes, witchcraft has prices to it.Glad to see you back at it, TBC
I'll have to take another look at this in the morning when my brain's a little fresh, but for now I'll say that I get a definite sense that the relationships young Cosma is forging on this day will have momentous consequences, for good or for ill, down the road...
At this point the character is trained enough to command that he could do it if he was aware it was required, he just has no experience. He needs to 'switch' into the role of leader which hopefully he'll more naturally evolve into over time.A very welcome return for both you and Cosma. The eldritch encounter was intriguing and it seems it will have echoes, or perhaps greater impact, in years to come. I’m impressed by the gentle strength of the key characters, especially the Dwarf Who Would Be Doge. I certainly hope the fleshpots and moral dilemmas that Venice will doubtlessly present to not corrupt him in his quest to grow, survive and rule.
I was very pleased with that when I returned to this chapter. There's was a relationship that required a more mature Cosma in order to devolpe, but it's become very important to him in his teenage years. The Master cannot teach him every lesson, Hol and the Padre are required too. He's the mentor figure most created out of whole cloth as there is nothing like him in the actual game, unlile the Master and Hol.So I found the following exchange very touching in its own way:
“You seem troubled.”
Cosma turned slowly on his horse. “You seem to be fishing, Padre.”
If this was an actual book script, the amount of editing agony that would go into whether it should beYes, that was a very good line.