Friday, March 1, 2013

Season 5, Episodes 4-5

Yesterday we've played the second half of a two-parter set in Ancient Egypt - a setting I've wanted to explore for quite some time now. I chose to use a more Classic Who approach to this story, with a longer exposition phase. Breaking the story into two game sessions allowed us to explore the historical setting more deeply than with a single session episode, a format which I find closer to the faster pace of New Who episodes. Mixing the two approaches in play really gives you a lot of creative freedom and flexibility.

Back to the story we played yesterday evening, we were really happy with the final result; in actual play, the scenario provided many memorable moments, including a great conversation with Osirians (Anubis and Bastet, no less) and a very moving (if short-lived) romance between Lady Penelope and the pharaoh Akhenaten, which made the tragic ending of the monarch's reign even more poignant. Anyway, here are the blurbs... 

Episode 4: Son of the Sun
Penelope takes Bernice to Egypt during the early reign of Amenhotep IV, better known to history as the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, husband to Nefertiti and inventor of monotheism. Desire meets destiny in this tale of palace intrigue, false gods and hidden truths.

Episode 5: The Sands of Sutekh
A mysterious temporal mishap takes Penelope to the final year of Akhenaten’s reign, as the heretic pharaoh and his fabled City of the Horizon are about to face the wrath of Amun-Ra, the god he has forsaken – or so the priests say… The truth, of course, is much more sinister.

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