The Mars game is going well. I’ve almost finished Fate Rolls. They’re one of those things that don’t seem that complicated but are hard to program. You can choose to spend Luck to get extra dice, and sometimes the lowest number is best and sometimes the player has to choose, and sometimes you don’t get a choice because you have no Luck…
I’m also part-way through dealing with Green Martians. After that, the next thing is the roll to see if you find a Settlement or have an Other Encounter, which is what I’m calling what d6 Shooters calls Events. My game uses a dice roll based on how far you’ve traveled. This removes the need for a board, which (if it ever gets that far) will make the game cheaper to produce.
Anyway, day 4 of Barbarian Prince. It would have been day 3 but after I posted I realised I’d accidentally cheated, and done two things that take up a whole day. So I’ve edited the previous post.
Today the Prince “seeks to hire followers”. Instead, I find a horse dealer, and buy three horses for 30 gold pieces. This lets me, and 2 followers, move 2 hexes a day instead of 1. In the evening, I once again meet guardsmen with “an unpleasant gleam in their eyes” (four of them this time). Once again I make my roll against Wit and Wiles and they let me go.
Since I have horses I have to pay 1 gold piece for food for myself, 3 gold pieces to feed the horses, and 3 gold pieces to stable the horses and thus ensure they don’t get stolen (I don’t have to pay for my own lodging, but any followers who sleep in the street might well desert).
On day 5 I decide to try again to get some followers. This leads me to…the slave market. I decide to ignore the ‘slave porters’ and ‘slave girls’, in favour of an old warrior, who costs 5 gold pieces. Unlike the other slaves, the game assumes I free him immediately. I just…OK. Anyway he turns out to have Combat Skill 5 Endurance 4.
The old warrior seems to dissuade any guardsmen from harassing me this evening.
Since I have to buy food for the warrior, and lodging if I don’t want him to desert, I have to pay an extra 2 gold pieces today.
So in total, I’ve spent 30 gold pieces for the horses, 7 for food and lodging for the first day, 5 gold pieces buying the warrior, and 9 gold pieces food and lodging for the second day, making a total of 51 gold pieces.
Combat Skill: 8
Wit and Wiles: 6
Location: 1501 (Weshor).
The Old Warrior:
Combat Skill 5
Secret of Aeravir Castle.
Time elapsed: 5 days.
Finally, I might not post on this blog for a week or so. I need to spend some time on the poem I’m doing for my thesis.