From five cents to the game of deities

From five cents to the game of deities

Good day.

In my last article, I touched on the topic of tabletop role-playing contests, which, like all kinds of indie jams for software developers, help concepts and sketches to develop into something more. This time I’ll talk about the history of my other competition project.

Board-role contests I came across as our domestic (called "Cooks"), and international (annual Game Chef). At the international level, as a rule, it was necessary to come up with some kind of new mini-system of rules, and not only systems, but also adventure modules for existing systems were submitted to the Cooks. Another international competition tried to set certain trends and experiment - that year another theme of Game Chef was the search for new desktop role-playing formats: “the absence of the rule book.”

And here are the conditions:
This year's theme: BOOKS DO NOT EXIST

Board role-playing games for a long time were limited to one format - the format of the book of rules. But in recent years, this standard has begun to change: there are more short games; games built on card mechanics or on the basis of small brochures. This year, as part of Game Chef, we suggest you develop this trend. What if the game has no uniform rules, no single base text? How then does the player learn the rules of the game? Is it possible to create a board game without a single set of rules? Maybe the game will take on new forms? Or maybe there will be new solutions to old problems?

Get inspired by this theme, let it change your game in the process. Interpret it in any way possible. It is likely that your vision will differ significantly from the options offered by other participants. We gave the topic some explanation, but you are free to interpret it in your own way.

Four ingredients this year: absorb, wild, shine, sickle

Let me explain that the words-ingredients should somehow be reflected in the competitive work (at least two words out of four).

The topic seemed interesting to me, because I already specialize in experimental systems. At first, I was going to take the mechanics out of my already finished game about space that I wanted to “drop from heaven to earth,” that is, create worlds not only on cosmic expanses, but try to settle down on some kind of limited map and adapt the rules to it. But there was not much time left for the work, and I also wanted to implement that idea in the form of a standard rule book. Therefore, I began to think in the direction of something else, better than the corresponding topic of the competition.

Here I was visited by various thoughts about proposing some kind of superstructure over some well-known rules. Well, you know, for example, they still know what kind of traffic light you can go to and what you need to stop at. Maybe build rules around the use of a device (as I did in the last contest, using a calculator), books or some other thing.

So there were ideas about the use of penny coins and images. I also thought to involve, say, a newspaper. But I thought they were not very common.

With the form, I decided to take a risk and submit the rules in an implicit form, through one big example of the game, as “overheard” pieces of information are formed in a certain pattern of each observer. The best embodiment of my idea would be to make a video or record a podcast, but then there was no such opportunity and skills. In addition, for this case would still be necessary basis, the script. And so the unexpected decision came - a mini-play. Thus, the final result was a simple text. As forum topic, comment, transcript, record.

This is what happened:

Gatekeepers, or Shishkin will not be

Role-playing thought in five strokes


Arkhip Ivanovich.


The action takes place in the apartment Aivazovsky.

Spacious room, clean dining table, on which lie two reproductions and a handful of coins. Near two leather chairs and three stools.

There are two in the room, one in the chair, the other is at the table. Flash frames on the included television panel. In the windows - sunset.

Aivazovsky, Salvador (talking).

Salvador. How can you even watch it? I do not understand.
Aivazovsky (thoughtfully). Normal same movie.
Salvador. Then you look, one. (Takes a couple of steps.) When will the rest be?
Aivazovsky. Already have to. I'll call now.
Salvador. So wait. You tell me the rules yet.
Aivazovsky (reluctantly turns off the TV). Yes there are no rules. (Gazing at Salvador’s.) Imagine there are no rules at all! (Makes a hand gesture.) Quite!
Salvador. Are you kidding me now, huh? How to play something?
Aivazovsky. You will see.

Clicks the lock. Liza and Arkhip Ivanovich appear in the doorway.

Salvador. Here you go. Less than a year, as Arkhip Ivanovich complained!
Arkhip Ivanovich (grumblingly). I am the same Ivanovich, as you - Salvador. (Sighs. He greets Salvador. He makes a reproachful look.) So while waiting, we could brew tea.
Salvador (deadpan). Nothing, you have time with your tea. (Aivazovsky.) Well, that's all, everything? And Shishkin?
Arkhip Ivanovich. Shishkin will not.
Liza. How it will not Shishkin? (Nods to the crowd.) Hi.
Aivazovsky (looks at his watch). Yes, he will. Later. (Turning to the new arrivals.) Pictures brought?
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes. Here it is. (Pulls out a reproduction, puts it on the table.)
Aivazovsky (looking at Lisa). Are you?
Arkhip Ivanovich. And she is. Well, it's Lisa!
Liza. Wait a minute. Arkhip Ivanovich said that I did not need.
Aivazovsky. Ah, yes, I forgot completely.
Salvador. I do not understand something, that is, can I play without a picture?
Arkhip Ivanovich. No, we are just Gatekeepers, and Liza is like a guest in our worlds.
Lisa (thoughtfully). Are they Gatekeepers or Gatekeepers?
Salvador. Is the Gatekeeper not comfortable with you?
Liza. We must call you somehow.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Lizok, do not be stupid. I am Arkhip Ivanovich. (He points to Aivazovsky.) This is Aivazovsky. (Looks at Salvador’s, remembering something.) Well, yes, I don’t know. You better not go to his world at all. (Smiles.) And then the clock will melt or some other trouble. In short, the chores are continuous.
Lisa (displeased). It is now. This could be the picture without authors.
Arkhip Ivanovich. There are no pictures without the author.
Salvador (Arkhip Ivanovich). Do you have something against the world of soft watches?
Lisa (enthusiastically). Oh my God, the World of Soft Watches?
Aivazovsky. Yes! Watch it. (He takes one of the reproductions in his hands, showing it to Lisa.)
Lisa (looking at the picture). Oh, right. I remember.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Everyone saw it, nothing interesting. Here I have the World of Lunar Night!
Aivazovsky. And I just. Ninth World.
Salvador. Ninth world? Somewhere I've heard it before.
Arkhip Ivanovich. And then Shishkin? World of Bears?



20 minutes have passed. Same there.

Aivazovsky. Everything, we play. I am the first.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Go, go. Present already.
Aivazovsky. It means so. (Gathering with thoughts.) This Gate led to the colorful Ninth World, where waves crash against rocks and seagulls circling high in the sunset sky, mourning for the dead ships. The boundless sea keeps the same number of secrets and secrets ...
Lisa (interrupts). And how many ships have already sunk?
Aivazovsky. So far, only one. Last time played.(Thinks for a few moments.) In short, such a little world.
Salvador. Well now I am. Just tell, huh?
Aivazovsky. Wait, I'll create an underwater monster.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Cthulhu?
Aivazovsky. Yes, let it be Cthulhu. (Takes a five-kopeck coin.)
Liza. Cthulhu? Who is this?
Arkhip Ivanovich. No matter, he will still sleep. (To Aivazovsky.) I hope he will sleep?
Salvador (Lisa). Chthonic monster absorbs brains. Have you not read Lovecraft?
Liza. No ... And I'm not going to, it seems.
Aivazovsky. Yes, he will sleep. (Gives them a sly look.) For a while.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Well, thank God. Only you take a ten-kopeck, it's too big for a simple creature.
Aivazovsky (laughs). That is, Cthulhu will take place as a location?
Salvador. What are you doing there?
Aivazovsky (changes coin). Well, five kopecks is a hero, and ten is a place. (Sighs.) Now ten moves will be built.
Liza. And one penny?
Arkhip Ivanovich. For one - the subject.
Liza. A, clear. (Salvador). How is the World of Soft Watches?
Salvador. Now, see Aivazovsky monsters displays.
Aivazovsky. So I'm all.
Salvador. Well listen ...


An hour passed. The same and Shishkin.

Arkhip Ivanovich (Shishkin). And I thought you would not come today.
Shishkin. Well, you must go and see the ghouls. Check out.
Liza. In short, I want a raft!
Aivazovsky. Is it an item or a place?
Arkhip Ivanovich (caustically). Or maybe he is reasonable? Then the creature.
Liza. You're scaring me. Normal raft. (Lost in thought.) Although not, the usual will drown here. Antigravity!
Salvador (puts a penny on the picture of Aivazovsky). You write it down, write it down. Raft.
Aivazovsky. Hey, what are you creating here?
Salvador (Lisa). Look, he doesn't like it. Build your best in my world.
Shishkin (Aivazovsky). What is a raft not comfortable with you?
Aivazovsky (Shishkin). Antigravity!
Liza. And what is not according to the rules?
Arkhip Ivanovich. That's the thing, there are no rules here.
Shishkin. Well, technically they are. Just in free form. There are the conditions themselves: drawings, coins, time of construction. Plus more wild rules.
Arkhip Ivanovich (skeptical). Oh, come on. In fact, there are no rules.
Shishkin. And the wild?
Arkhip Ivanovich. These are not rules.
Salvador (impatiently). Well, you will go there, will you? Lisa ordered a raft.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Pancake. We didn’t do that.
Shishkin (smiling.) What a tea, three in the morning!
Aivazovsky. Actually, half past ten. (Inspects the crowd.) Stop for tea?
Shishkin. Well, come on.

Get up. Go to the kitchen.

Salvador (Shishkinu). And how is your picture called?
Shishkin. World? Uh ... the forest belt!
Arkhip Ivanovich (sarcastically). And not the world of the morning? Isn't Peace Pines?
Lisa (picking up). World of Bears?
Aivazovsky. I know the World of Cones!


Shishkin (rolling his eyes). Damn, how you zadolbali.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes, we have not even started.


Ten minutes later. After tea drinking. Same there.

Shishkin (ending the description). Actually this is such a fabulous meadow in the forest.
Salvador. With bears!
Liza. And with the bumps!
Shishkin (with irony). Yes, in general! Tin full.
Arkhip Ivanovich (businesslike). What are you building then?
Shishkin. Wings. Bears.
Liza. Why bears with wings?
Shishkin (wearily). Why why. Fly away from you! (Thinks.) But no, we’ll make a better hero, a warlock.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Again warlock? Why in the woods?
Shishkin (Arkhip Ivanovich). Not again, but again. Give me a coin. (Looking at the rest.) Who's there next?
Aivazovsky. I. Then there will be Salvador, then Arkhip Ivanovich.
Liza. Then I.
Shishkin (Liza). What world are you building in?
Liza. Have Aivazovsky for now. Raft, pirate and castle-balloon.
Shishkin. Great!
Liza.But there is a restless sea and the pirate wants to dump somewhere.
Arkhip Ivanovich. I create a castle on the bank of the river. Or a pirate ship. Frigate!
Liza. No, you are gloomy. And I wanted to specifically transfer this pirate.
Shishkin. We haven't done it yet, but you yourself can create a Wild Rule.
Liza. So I did not understand how to do them.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes, he did not eat, we still have only Sickle Occam and a guest.
Salvador. So, detail this moment.
Shishkin (sighing). Well Serp I added.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes, we cut out Cthulhu to them today, by the way. Just in case.
Aivazovsky. Did he bother you?
Salvador. Oh, that was it. Got it.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes. (Shishkinu.) How does the rule sound exactly there?
Shishkin (reads). Sickle Occam. Appears in the universe every ten turns, no matter whose, and goes to that ... (Interrupts reading.) In short, who has the first building completed, he gets a Sickle, and can bang something extra to anyone.
Aivazovsky (Arkhip Ivanovich). Here it is just over the course will appear again, and I will cut your tower of black magicians.
Arkhip Ivanovich (in protest). But I need it, it is not superfluous!
Liza. Actually, I will get a Sickle, my castle will be just completed.
Aivazovsky (winking at Salvador). Oh, not a fact.
Liza. Well, no shit, something to do. I was generally against it!
Arkhip Ivanovich (Shishkin). Ah, yes, Aivazovsky, another Wild rule added. You can mess when you have something weighty built.
Aivazovsky. Yeah, then slow down any building for one turn. In short, you hurt so little.
Liza. And the guest is what?
Arkhip Ivanovich. And it's you. I added that the player could not have his own Gate and build where you want.
Liza. Well shine! I was going to take my picture.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yeah. Do you know what she wanted? Portrait! (Lisa.) How do you imagine this, tell about the world through a portrait?
Liza. Normally imagine, take and describe. (Tired.) Okay. Have driven.
Shishkin. Let's add a rule that it is possible to build portals between the Gateways. If both the Guardians agree.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Stop, you can't add yet. You already have a Sickle.
Shishkin. Yes, I tell Lisa. Well, by the way, I can cancel my own.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Through voting?
Shishkin. Through voting, only new ones, and old ones simply by personal desire.
Liza (looking hard at Aivazovsky). It would be better to cancel the dirty trick.
Salvador. That is, we add with Liza according to the rule and everything?
Arkhip Ivanovich. No, then everyone will have one at a time and you can add new ones.
Aivazovsky. In short, we are returning to the Ninth World. (Lisa.) As your pirate flew the Plywood, the weather changed. Thunderclouds appear on the horizon, a storm is coming. (With pathos.) The Elf King frowns and gives the order to dive, with a wave of his hand. After a minute, the elf submarine closes with flickering power shields and hides under water. Liza. Well, now the storm is coming.
Shishkin. Nothing, you will take cover in the air castle.
Aivazovsky (businesslike). Well well. The island in three turns will be, an underwater cave in seven. I will replenish the team for now. I'll order an elf in red.
Salvador. Blonde?
Aivazovsky. Of course!
Salvador. In the meantime, a clockwork dinosaur was added to the Soft Watches, and ... (Looking meaningfully at Aivazovsky.) I get a Sickle!
Arkhip Ivanovich (reproachfully). Rays of hate you get.
Aivazovsky. No, Sickle on the move Liza appears.
Salvador. Oh yes. (Lisa.) Then just lock your brakes ...
Lisa (indignant). Radish!


Every other day. Phone conversation.
Shishkin and Arkhip Ivanovich (discuss the latest events).

Arkhip Ivanovich. You know, I would redo it. I would write normal rules so that I don’t think of it every time. (Pause.) Well, look, you have Sickle Occam - to make about each philosopher for some similar thing.
Shishkin. So again everything was in vain?
Arkhip Ivanovich. Well, not that in vain. The thought itself is good, you just need to arrange the game normally.
Shishkin. Yes, I was thinking about how to do the standard. But. (Pause.) But then Shishkin would not be there. Do you understand? And the point is that everyone thinks out the mechanism himself.
Arkhip Ivanovich. Yes Yes. The concept of a game that does not exist in the form of a set of rules ... it is stoned somehow, difficult. (Pause.) Well, that's okay, in principle. Lisa here you know what offered ...

The end?


In addition to delivering their own games, all participants were asked to write small reviews on 4 games from other participants, and also to choose one of them, the most worthy. So my Gatekeepers also received some feedback from other authors, here they are:
Review # 1

Very interesting story with entertaining characters, but it is completely incomprehensible how and what they are trying to play. Ingredients are mentioned, although the same Sickle is dragged by the ears to Occam's razor. In general, an interesting essay, but this is not a game. I would love to read this author, but I cannot vote for this work.
Review No. 2

Gatekeepers play review

I must say at once that the form of the presentation of the material in this work is simply beautiful. However, this is not surprising, given that its author is also the creator of the enchanting system and, first of all, a collection of incredible settings - twisted terra. The matter is not even in the unusual presentation of the material, the very idea of ​​acquainting the reader with the necessary factual material, frankly speaking, is not new, but the style of the work brings to mind the fantasy of the times when it was still warm and lamp-filled.
Alas, the form of filing, apparently, was the cause of the weak points of this work. Despite the fact that the characters acting in the work explain to the novice the rules of the game for which everyone has gathered, but the main phrases, apparently, are either spoken off-screen, or are only implied in general.

Given that the game described is more like a board strategy than a classic role-playing strategy, the text does not show the details that are quite important for this class. So, the purpose of the game is casually mentioned - to tell about the world. Based on what is happening in the play, it can be assumed that the story should consist of the creation and buildings in the world of new elements. But it is not indicated either when the game is considered finished, how the winner is determined, or even what to do with the created entities. Coins are used to create and build, which are also the counters of resources and the measure of time needed to create. The decision is so logical and beautiful that after reading about it you are surprised that everyone around does not do that. Alas, this mechanic is also damp - it is not clear where, for what, and in what quantity the players receive coins, can they be exchanged and, conversely, summed up.

If you decide that the game is still role-playing and you don’t have to win it, the picture still turns out to be rather strange. In the text, one of the players proposes to introduce an additional rule, introducing portals connecting the disparate worlds. Perhaps this would really not be superfluous, since it seems that at the time the game described in the play consists of several monologues in which everyone talks about his creation, occasionally harming the rest of the little things. By the way, about additional rules. The core of the rules implies the introduction of additional rules of this game during the game. Again, an excellent solution, and a very ingenious approach to the theme of the competition - the rule book really does not exist, because the game is created anew each time. But in this case, it turns out that most of the gameplay shown to us is a private situation, characteristic of a single party, and not related to the game itself.

From all the above, I would draw the following conclusion: Gatekeepers cannot be played in the form in which it is presented. Actually, the play does not describe the game, but the mechanic set. By the way, the players themselves also understand this, this can be understood from the resonant speech of Arkhip Ivanovich. However, the mechanics used are listed in the same place:

“Shishkin. Well, technically they are. Just in free form. There are the conditions themselves: drawings, coins, time of construction. Plus more wild rules. ”

By the way, from the given constants only pictures came to me as perplexed. It seemed to me a rather strange idea to create the world from an image already created by someone. Undoubtedly, the drawings can help a lot, trigger fantasy, give associations, and finally build a single figurative line. But the loan is limited to one work, and even bring it to the game in advance. Perhaps this detail would make sense to make a random component of the Gatekeeper.

And finally, on the formal side of the issue. As I said, the author dealt with the main theme brilliantly. I also want to be able to. But the ingredients did not receive much development. I could see only the Sickle in the form of one of the optional rules, and the Radiance in the entourage of one of the given worlds. But, again, as already mentioned, the text of the play is written in excellent language, contains a number of allusions and Easter eggs, and is generally pleasant to read. Describing Cthulhu as locations is generally a delight. I really hope one day to see new gatekeepers on a par with murshambola and twisted terra.

Review # 3

Somehow Shishkin, Dali, Aivazovsky, Mona Lisa and Kuinji gathered together, and a conversation came out. The conversation stretched across several pages, it was all spiced up with unsuccessful attempts at joking and strange gestures. "Artistic images, as if alive, stood before my eyes, revealing like the sky over Berlin or the skeletons of the Dresden cathedrals after the bombing." I would like to write such a phrase about this game, but no. Artists gathered, talked about something, about Cthulhu, sickle (it’s not clear where it came from) and so on. Bacchanalia reminded me of the movie “Green Elephant”, and wanted to rush into this meeting and shout: “What are you talking about? What Cthulhu, what pictures ?! What are you, gone? ". Honestly, we did not understand anything from the game. All this looks like an art-house film: too many unnecessary pompous words that are perfectly perceived separately, but do not add up to a single sentence. Verdict: complete zero, we did not even understand how to play it. Keywords are not used properly, but the topic is fully disclosed: there is no book. Nothing at all.
Review # 4

Age markings they rule

The coolest thing about this job is the pitch. Statement of the rules in the form of a game session description seems to me brutally abrupt move. The module as a way to design the game is really great. You can show the author's vision of the relevance of the application and interpretation of the rules, to convey the way the game. Recreating dialogues and questions will fit what is in the air in your company when you develop it.

The good news ends there. For an adult, the proposed design is not a game. It is possible to play this game with pleasure at the age of 4 - 5. An adult can play this game with a child. In childhood, the imagination of something non-existent is a real challenge. The clash of several fantasies creates an amazing adventure. But an adult is not interested. Maybe we are spoiled game developers, but writing rules in a given field does not seem like entertainment to us, and inventing entities without purpose and purpose is an interesting leisure. Due to the absence of suitable age children under another, the playtest did not work, but I remember well how I made up a very similar game somewhere in the older group of kindergarten or maybe in the first grade. It can be fun.

True, I always tried to figure out in advance who would actually win. The criterion of victory, alas, is the same integral part of the game as the rules. For small ones, competition arises in the power of imagination and obviously wins over the one whose imagination will be more flexible to generate useful rules, and richer to respond with new entities to new conditions. Loses one who can not come up with something new in his turn and begins to repeat. Unfortunately, three adult craftsmen can compete in this until copper is green in coins and no one loses. And there is no other criterion.

Almighty, or you need to be a god

As time went on, the concept of a game about divine creatures was slowly cooking in my head, until one day the experience of playing the desktop Smallworld was added to the pantheon of divine simulators that influenced me (Populous, Black & White). And then I finally had a puzzle that my game with the gods would be built around the advanced mechanics of the Gatekeepers, from where I would take the economy of a sacred resource (manipulation with coins of faith). Thus, the heroes of the play play a kind of prototype of the future “Almighty”, exchanging impressions similar to what happened in the end.

And it turned out something like a "role-playing Monopoly", where players play the role of deities, controlling certain territories on the map and throw dice every move, moving the chip along the path of fate. Different effects occur in different sectors. You can collect coins of faith from sectors, or pay with these coins to create something, returning them to the track. At the same time, the game is focused on creativity, although I also added some final goals. And one more of the deities can play out and turn into a science, if conditions develop - then the gameplay will change for it.

As I noted from test games, the main thing is not to hurry with one's own course and treats what is happening as a desktop role-playing game, and not the usual board game. That is, you need to tune in to the imaginary world and the situations occurring in it, invent and describe the events taking place, and not just throw dice and collect coins.

The rules book can be viewed here:


However, the rules are rules, and, as they say, it is better to see once. So below I will describe how one of the playtests of the game, which I spent in one of the clubs in my city, took place.

Report on a role-playing game about the joint creation of a new world

So, young deities gain strength in the vastness of the primeval continent. They build faith and lead their people into the future. Armed with a hex dice and coins of faith.
There were five participants in our test game (this is a game without a lead, so I also acted as a player) and the following deities and races were represented:

Hiddenways , patron of the high mountain peaks of Wrynn is the god of multi-colored dragons

Mordekaiser , the patron saint of dark swampy Lanfa - god commanding hordes of the undead

Prontos (aka White Wanderer), patron of the deserts Kavarro - god guarding white clay golems

Myrtyne , the patron saint of the mysterious Kapona is the god who looks after the werewolf humans

I played for Reformax , patronizing Ventron, covered with forests, in whose territory the race of trans-ports dwelled — creatures made of stone and red energy that cannot walk but can teleport for short distances. Over the forest stood the residence of my deity - a large portal in which red energy circulated. Of the other residences, I remember the long tower, full of books, hanging in the middle of the desert of the god Prontos, as well as a citadel of stone and huge bones near Mordekaiser.

The game system has four types of deities: Emitter, Battery, Transformer and Devourer. Each type has its own behavior and nuances of game mechanics. Preparing for the game, I printed out memos for each type of deity, so that everyone has information at hand.

The types of deities were distributed as follows: Mordekaiser chose the path of the night devout-deity, Hiddenweiz chose to be the Transformer-Enlightener, Prontos went into Batteries, and Myrtyne became the day-time Deity Emitter. I chose randomly my Reform, it turned out to be another Battery - a deity focusing on material values.

In general, it turned out pretty fun game, full of unexpected events. We saw how one of the golems was swallowed by a sandworm and it was able to get out of the monster outside. Saw how the skeletons asked their master to make them even more dead. We saw the battle of two dragons, as well as the dragon's prayer to the god of werewolves, so that he would give her the opportunity to give birth. Golems dug up in the desert a huge cyborg. One of the werewolves hovered between the forms during the transformation. Trans-ports built a symbolic wooden bridge into the desert, as a sign of friendship with its inhabitants. A golem praying to the god of werewolves could turn into a man. Two transport ports were accidentally stuck at one point in space and were merged into one new creature. A squadron of dragons hunted monstrous fish in the world's oceans.

During the game, Hiddenways, following the prescribed character of the Transformer God, read awesome advice from his notebook, responding to the requests of believers (instead of creating miracles themselves, of course, as was supposed to be a Transformer god, who used to help more often with words than with deeds) - this was very cool and fun (although a person saw this game for the first time in his life, but he was very good at improvising, having come up with a playful advice from his third-party notes). True, a couple of times he nevertheless condescended to divine intervention, for example, pointing the way back to the dragon lost in the world ocean. Mordkaizer raised a draco-lich-possum, who then prayed to him to be taken apart and put together by a simple draco-lich. In addition, the god of the night launched a dead citadel into flight and tested its weapons - firing a rocket into the desert and cutting through the forest lands with a ray of destructive energy. Prontos created a unique piece of brick, which later became an indestructible artifact. He also invented an eye that can be inserted into objects, thereby reviving them. He also had a mask that allowed him to move into the one who put it on. Mirtayn also slowly created objects, one of which was the Cube, creating random effects.

During the game, stable expressions appeared, such as “Incoming Prayer” and “Pray for Me,” accompanying moments when players stopped on the yellow sectors of the fate track. This event meant that you need to select another player who will describe the creature’s address to the deity, and then describe your answer to this prayer.

As for my deity, for him the story developed approximately as follows: at the beginning there were a couple of minor troubles - for example, an anomaly appeared in the locality under control, in which trans-ports could not teleport. Then a first unique object appeared, called the Trans-fruit - it was an apple on one of the trees, which suddenly turned from ordinary into glass, filled with red portal energy. The item allowed the owner to teleport. Later this item became damned (a glass worm wound up in it) and was taken away by the god of dragons. The next item was a weapon - Psychocrest. It was an x-shaped thing that shoots psychic energy. Pretty soon, this item received artifact status and became indestructible.

View of the playing field to the final of the game meeting (buttons mark the Chosen)

Next, my Reformax created: The invisibility sphere (giving the owner invisibility and found in the area cut by the ray of the citadel of the dead), Space staff (captured by one of the transport ports in another dimension and later eliminating insect attacks from underground caves), Misty Cup (giving knowledge that drank from it and found in underground caves cleared of insects), Ring of Flight (later disappeared along with one from trans-ports in the endless sea) and Mystery Pouch (from which you could pull out be interesting).

I note a couple of prayers that occurred in the change of my deity. Once trans-ports desired to see any changes, in a word of reform. Then Reformax decided to respond, and with divine power he lifted separate parts of Ventron into the air, forming it into a pile of forest-covered islands, between which only transport ports (or flying creatures) could travel. Another moment is connected with the trans port, which the god of dragons wanted to teach him how to be a dragon - the petitioner was able to breathe a cloud of red energy.

After accumulating five items, the Battery God comes to life the Chosen One (other gods need to grow three heroes for this) - I have some Remix chosen for this Chosen, a transport consisting entirely of red energy and stored until this time in a stone tomb. Having appeared, the Chosen One went to gather faith from the regions of the continent that were not yet open.

In the five hours of the game, we finally had three Chosen: a golem created by Prontos from different parts and artifacts, as well as Hiddenvayz's dragon, who learned unearthly wisdom, joined the heroine consisting of red energy.

And here are the participants of the game

On this probably and finish this story. Thank you for your attention and I hope that the article was useful to you.

Source text: From five cents to the game of deities