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VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 16:57

Some (pre-kickstarter) media about Vaesen:

Vaesen RPG Q&A w/Tomas Härenstam - Free League Publishing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zg2SoqFpVk

Vaesen is a New Nordic Horror RPG!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9CwSkyUTkM

SPIEL2019: Free League Interview zu Tales from the Loop, Mutant und Vaesen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMy8E_i_euQ

Idle Red Hands Weekly 032: Vaesen by Free League, Microfiction and Business Card Jam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8J86zwYuA4

DORP-TV - SPIEL 2019 in Essen - Free League
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQmZDyrKoyQ&t=388s

Sweden rolls interviews Johan Egerkrans
https://swedenrolls.simplecast.com/epis ... s-_vsGXNOa
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sun 01 Dec 2019, 18:05

Additionally: Mud & Blood #41 - Fria Ligan on Horror. (from ~ 49:20)
It´s very pre-kickstarter, but good to listen to.

OnTableTop Clips- Vaesen is a New Nordic Horror RPG!
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Thu 20 Feb 2020, 15:14

Almost four weeks online, but overseen till now.

"Victory Condition Gaming" recorded a two-part actual play of a good four hours in late January. It is available on Youtube or as a podcast on Spotify and Co.

The whole thing starts out quite classically, as suggested in the rules, but it's not the adventure "Dance of the Dreams" - so no spoiler danger.

The fight with the pronunciation of "GYLLENCREUTZ" is a show in itself. :)

But the push mechanism they use there is somehow strange, actually "Ones" don't have any special meaning for Vaesen. Also conditions aren´t triggered if a pushed roll fails, but always.
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Fri 21 Feb 2020, 18:55

Well, now I know what to do with my week-end. ;) 
They must be playing with the generic Year Zero system, I guess. That's fine, it will still give a rough idea of how it can be played. Thanks for the tip!
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 00:28

But the push mechanism they use there is somehow strange, actually "Ones" don't have any special meaning for Vaesen. Also conditions aren´t triggered if a pushed roll fails, but always.
Wait, so in the podcast they did give special status to ones and makes Conditions ... well, conditional? Were they working off a pre-alpha playtest version? Or just guessing? (Too lazy to hunt down the podcast at the moment, sorry.)

The current (alpha) Vaesen rules sit somewhere between Tales From the Loop and Coriolis. If they were working from Fria Ligan playtest rules, it's interesting that the Vaesen team started with the MYZ/FL "bane" rules.
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 08:43

They are refering directly to the third story of the wood wife, so I guess they will have the Alpha PDF.

But in the second part they are using a wierd inspiration mechanic to give NPCs the Sight.

Possible that they just don't read the rules completly or are fans of home rules.
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 08:55

I began to watch. It confirms my suspicions that the Linnea hook isn’t such a good hook to begin with. It reminds me of tavern quest givers in Fantasy games.  :P It’s fun to see people play in this world though, even if they don’t use the exact rules. 
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 14:46

It confirms my suspicions that the Linnea hook isn’t such a good hook to begin with.
(I'm not that keen to wade through four hours of video, so I'll take your word for it.)

If/when I run Vaesen, I'll probably make the butler Algot Frisk the hook, as part of a "session zero". He approaches all the PCs and offers them the keys to the Castle on behalf of mysterious benefactors. A little digging will reveal Linnea (and maybe one or two other infirm or insane survivors) who believe in the Society's work but can no longer do it themselves. I might have to resist the temptation to play Frisk as Alfred Pennyworth. (Or maybe I don't.)

EDIT (2 hrs later): Alternatively, a lawyer or his agent could approach the PCs initially with the Castle keys, then disappear into the background. This lawyer could also provide an in-game explanation for Insight Points and Upgrades: the lawyer manages a small trust for Society members to hire Personnel and outfit Facilities.  The PCs must report their efforts to the lawyer, who consults with retired Society members, before he will authorize Upgrades. (Contacts emerge from solving the Mysteries themselves.)

Or maybe for the first session or two the PCs run their proto-Society out of somebody's private residence, and then introduce Frisk, Linnea, and/or the Society as part of a Mystery. Or a PC inherits / discovers / steals a spooky old house that serves the same function. I'm all for starting in media res, but a mysterious stranger giving away an ancient castle in the first session would make some of the players I know deeply suspicious, to the point where they'd spend more time investigating the Castle and its owners than pursuing Mysteries.
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 17:18

Thought about the butler and starting more in medias res, too.

Not completly sure where to start, but Dance of Dreams gives a great entrance to the world of nordic mystery without have to think about the more advanced symbiotic of man and vaesen.

Regarding the podcast, I liked the mill gnome, he remembered me to Taxi Driver with his 'are you talking to me?'
https://youtu.be/tp6KExqs_3o
 
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Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

Mon 28 Sep 2020, 12:23

If some of you speak French, Rôliste TV made a awesome video presenting the Vaesen RPG. There it is: https://youtu.be/8veNk9GxVtg

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