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July 24, 2008 / jadettman

Finished Reading Houses of the Blooded

I finished reading Houses of the Blooded this morning. I am still convinced that it can produce a fun game and I’m looking forward to giving it a good test run, as written.

That said, I still see lots of things that I would like to fiddle with to adjust for other games:

  • For a Courts of Chaos game, I want to tweak sorcery and domains a little bit to make them more weird and to make them feel more appropriate to that setting. In addition, I would need to tweak the Houses to fit what we know of Chaos (Helgram/Wolf, Hendrake/Falcon, Sawall/Serpent, etc).
  • For a Dune game, I would also need to tweak sorcery and domains to make them more appropriate for the genre and setting. Sorcery would end up being Prana Binu Bene Gesserit training or effects of Spice Pilot evolution. Houses, again, would have to be adjusted.
  • For a Three Musketeers/Five Hundred Years After game, Domains could probably be done away with as the players would be working for various political factions as musketeers/swordsmen. Sorcery and Houses would be adjusted or done away with entirely.
  • If I used this system to run an Amber game, I would do away with Houses and give characters a Virtue bonus based on their parent. The weakness rule would be the sketchiest part of such a game, as I don’t see the Elders as being that hampered but perhaps they make up for it with more Aspects. Sorcery would also be moved away from the blood/injury setup in Houses. I don’t know what I would replace it with but it just doesn’t fit the setting.

This morning I also woke up with a weird notion of a supers game based on Houses. I’ve got some ideas about the direction and how it might work but I’m still noodling around with the ideas.

Sometimes, I just don’t understand the inner-workings of my brain.



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  1. Oneiromante / Apr 21 2009 1:45 am

    I’m planning to begin a Houses of the Blooded game ambiented in the Dune universe (or, perhaps, in Fading Suns universe).
    Do you have any idea to do this?

  2. J.A. Dettman / Apr 21 2009 6:38 am

    Hi there. I had some ideas for running a Dune type game. I’ll see if I can locate them and, maybe, turn them into a blog post.

  3. Oneiromante / May 28 2009 6:12 am

    Thanks a lot.
    I will wait for this post.

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