Agon: Beta Test Version
Monday, June 19, 2006I have a draft of Agon ready for your eyeballs. It's definitely in beta. It's more a collection of mechanics now than a complete game (it's totally lacking the situation creation section, for example). But there's enough there to play with if you want to. Not bad for a few days work.
Agon Beta Rules (817kb PDF, zipped)
My only request is that if you download this and try it out, please post about it in the Forge playtest forum. And even if you don't get to playtest, I'd love to hear your comments about the game here.
Oh yeah. What is it? Agon is a game of ancient Greek heroes on a quest for the gods. You sail from island to island, battling men, monsters, and magical things. All the while, you engage in the agon -- the never-ending conflict among all things to determine what is greatest. The whole thing is about conflict and victory, so the system is pretty gamist supporting. I hope.
UPDATE: Apparently there's an ability missing in the first few pages of the text. Instead, it just says, "???" That missing ability is Presence, a Sport ability. It's described in the ability section.
I'm not totally in love with Presence as the other Sport ability, though. I've also considered Gambling. The other classic Greek sports (boxing, pankration, running, throwing, etc.) don't have a good fit either since they're already covered by other abilities. Any ideas appreciated.