At our last game night, we played Follow by Ben Robbins using “the Gods” quest. We explored how deities from an up and coming pantheon tried to convince the mortals to worship them. This proved rather difficult as the mortals resented the gods (quite justifiably) and the mortals could not see the gods.
The main gods we encountered were the crafter god of poison, the powerful god of destruction, the goddess of temptation, the god of beauty and the god of revelry.
At first the gods tried to create a new people that would worship them. This new people was created by the god of poison who combined the bones of human remains with body parts of living people (stolen by Philip the Wrongdoer, a half-mortal from the Underworld hired for this particularly dirty deed) and vegetation. This effort backfired, as this new creation was not quite human, it ended up being called the ‘plant people’ who became a scourge in the mortal world as they were full of thorns and poison. If the mortals resented the gods in the beginning, they resented them even more now for bringing this curse into the world.
The gods then tried to rectify this issue by going on an epic war campaign with the goal of eradicating the plant people from the mortal world. Unfortunately, this campaign was led by the god of revelry and the god of beauty who spent more time worrying about the epic songs to be written to commemorate this event than on actually ensuring that Baden, the half-mortal knight tasked with the destruction of the plant people, had the right tools and support to destroy the plant people. The plan failed, bringing more destruction to the mortal realm without eradicating the plague.
Lastly, in a last-ditch effort, the gods wanted to convince the mortals to raise temples to the gods. As the gods could not contact the mortals directly, they used Philip the Wrongdoer and Baden as prophets… so the humans ended up building temples to Philip and Baden of course, with minor shrines to the gods. Interestingly enough, we also learned that Philip and Baden were related, as Baden was the offspring of the goddess of temptation, who had met Philip in the Underworld during the creation of the plant people. The gods ended up being acknowledged by the mortals… but upstaged by their half-mortal underlings.
Tonight we played No Boundaries by Marc Hobbs and discovered that the Boundaries Books in Scarsdale was barely hanging on, and our four flawed employees weren’t going to turn it around. None of us—Mike the anti-corporate environmental activist, Cuddles the store’s cheetah mascot, Abbott the faux punk shelver killing time, and Barbara the information-desk hacker—were going to lift a hand to bring the store back from the dead. Corporate tried cutting staff, team-building retreats, selling used electronics, and promoting from within, but it was all for naught. When Stewart the district manager came around in the fourth quarter, we blackmailed him into giving each of us a lifeline (using a sex tape we made of him with the store’s manager), but we still all ended up out of a job when Boundaries closed its doors for good after the Christmas rush.
Tonight was our last night at Modern Myths. We will be continuing to meet on a weekly basis at Clarkson’s Corner in Scarsdale. See the new Meetup event for details.
We had two tables tonight, one trying out Bluebeard’s Bride, the PBTA feminine horror game from Whitney “Strix” Beltrán, Marissa Kelly, and Sarah Richardson. At the other table, we created a very bad movie using Kaleidoscope by Jackson Tegu. Our film was a Ukrainian super hero movie starring Mary Sue and her paramour Death Mask, who joined forces to stop Evil Man. In the end Mary Sue dumped Death Mask and married a Menorah.
Using Durance by Jason Morningstar, we settled into our new penal colony, Iku Pya on the planet RFS 617. Despite the optimistic survey about the planet’s hydrology and atmosphere, the planet ended up being a tropical nightmare full of hostile natives and constant floods that somehow destroyed all our efforts at agriculture, which created consistent food shortages. The effort by Judge Advocate Keecham Fowderhop to lead Governor Pebbles Keech to eliminate the convicts, instead led the besotted administrator to elevate her disdainful paramour, racketeer Rayle Smickley, to the Judge Advocates post and send divorced-from-reality Prude Stackens, the Queen of the Crawlers, into the forest to throw off her enemies. But, Rayle reached out to the convicts and Dimber Damber Laull N. Haley and The Abbot, Theria Croffin, to assist Dr. Evret Jacks in digging a great chamber beneath the surface, a project that once finished may allow us to finally survive on this damned planet!
Tonight, we concocted a Fiasco (courtesy of Jason Morningstar) in the Old West, just a bunch of grifters and thieves trying for a big score and a bit of revenge. Three buckaroos set out to rob the local church, but all we ended up with was a few candlesticks. The pair of brothers who planned the caper turned their attention to the local sheriff, stringing him along and carrying him into the night to be murdered. In the end, each of our fates turned out pretty dismal, as the posse found us out and gave us our just desserts.
Tonight, we played Quiet Year by Avery Alder with a group of Puritans trapped between a sea they despised and a forest they feared. After much internal strife about how best to serve the Lord, we finally came together as a community just before the ghostly remnants of a witch coven returned to the our village and destroyed our harmony.