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Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: September 12, 2014, 03:39:58 PM »
First of all, I'd like to apologize for not replying to this thread anymore. For some reason, I wasn't notified of all the latest replies! That's weird.

Anyway, to reply to some of the questions in a more or less random order: I wrote the Succubus inspired by the "burned girl" archetype. She jumps from one dysfunctional relationship into another, as she believes that all of them are about utility - she has something people need (the Gifts), they have something she needs (souls). That's why she gives you strings because you did something without asking anything in return: you left her completely flabbergasted. Are acts of unselfish kindness really possible?

Essentially, the Succubus is all about discovering that not everyone is out to take advantage of you, and that you don't have to take advantage of them first by manipulating them into a position of weakness.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: January 01, 2013, 03:03:14 PM »
I'm curious about the text "The bonus it gives also stacks with shapeshifter’s." Is that an artifact from an earlier version? Should Shapeshifter give some sort of bonus?

It was supposed to give you +1ongoing if you met someone's fancy. I can't remember if I left it out intentionally or this was a mistake XD

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:01:41 AM »
Love this skin. Printed and ready to be handed out as an option to my players!

Great! If somebody chooses it, I hope they'll have lots of fun and be willing to share their impressions.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:13:33 PM »
Damn, I never shared the last version on this forum, apparently! Here it is:

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:14:47 PM »
Now that I notice, you seem to have read the old version; did you check the latest one? There are some significant differences.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: December 17, 2012, 05:53:16 PM »
Great feedback! Did you have a chance to playtest the Skin?

The Gifts are powerful, yes. They are meant to be. But they're also one-shot and can only be used by others. The main point is that the Succubus can make your darkest wishes come true... while slowly turning you into her toy. It's really a deal with the devil, but unlike the Infernal, in this case you're playing the dealer.

The new move looks very nice, but I don't think it really fits the Skin's theme. It would be great for a skin focused on vengeance and bloodshed, though.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:55:25 PM »
I went through this too while writing my Anansi skin, and I'm still not sure I have it quite perfect yet. Off the top of my head, I think Addictive and My Bitch, while thematically appropriate, cover the same territory...they're ways to get over on someone. In fact, The Devil Is A Winner does this too. Various combinations of those moves applied against a single target would, I think, create play that's not very suspenseful (and maybe not fun; it would depend I suppose).

Also, it seems fairly criminal that a Succubi skin doesn't have some special enhancement to the Turn Someone On move. Maybe I'm thinking inside the box, but I'd be trying to work that into the Succubi's default move somehow.

I have thoughts about Shapechanger as well, but I'm not sure I can articulate them just yet. I love gender-bending and I feel like there should be a move to accomodate this (at the same time, it'd be a shame to overlap thematic territory with what Jackson is doing). Maybe when the Succubus turns someone on, they may ask the player they're targeting who their character's idealized sexual partner is...and that's the form the succubus takes (and can take whenever they're appearing to that character)?

Just some thoughts. I like the skin a lot...the bitter jilted lover idea is great, and some of the moves really grab me. Just This Time is probably my favorite.

That's great feedback! Thanks.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:29:47 PM »
Off the cuff, I do feel like 9 moves plus gifts is a lot to squeeze into a skin. Feels like it's pushing the envelope a bit much.

Yeah, I've got the same impression, but honestly didn't know what to cut. Maybe I'll wait for some feedback and take away those moves that nobody uses.

Monsterhearts / Re: Meet the Succubus
« on: September 14, 2012, 01:08:37 PM »
The Succubus has a booklet! Thanks to Max Hervieux for the illustration and to Daniele Di Rubbo for putting it together.

I made a couple modifications to the old version: the text was clarified and some typos corrected, I removed a move and added one or two (and yes, now the Succubus can shapeshift).

If you find something wrong with the text, please make me know (it's my fault). And of course, if you try it, please send me an actual play :-)

Here's the link.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:25:32 PM »
I'm really trying to get my hands on the Action Scientist, the Divine, the Summoned, the Hard Case, and the Snoop for my gaming group.  Unfortunately it seems like I have nothing worthwhile to trade for these particular playbooks since I'm a late arrival to the Monster of the Week enthusiasts.  Would anyone be offended if I instead offered monetary compensation in exchange for these playbooks?

Personally? Yes, unless that money goes to charity. ;-)

The Regiment / "The regiment" and modern warfare
« on: August 01, 2012, 09:40:52 AM »
I'm just curious about this: would The Regiment, with a couple tweaks (namely in weapon and equipment tags) be good for stories set in the modern days?

Monsterhearts / Re: New Skin: The God
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:00:37 AM »
I had the intention of making a Skin almost identical to this, so at first I went like: "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-"
But after that, I thought:" Hey, someone else did it, and it rocks! That's great!"
Just sayin'.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 14, 2012, 05:13:51 AM »
Give me a mail!

Monster of the Week / Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 10, 2012, 07:56:30 AM »
Looking for: The Divine and the Snoop.

Can offer: The Summoned and Hard Case MotW playbooks; all AW limited edition playbooks; The Hollow, the Selkie and the Serpentine from MH.


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