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With @nahualrpg Kickstarting I wanted to talk about a few things I really liked about the one-shot I played a couple days ago. So, Thread, and you can back it here:…
The entire time I was playing it I wanted to know more about the world; it is so interesting. You play a Mexican in poverty, there are no Look options that are different and I like that. You’re Nahual, people who hunt angels for actual sustenance. /1
These angels came over with conquistadors and from what I understand, they’re are biblical, catholic angels and the church but from a non-colonial lens. These angels feed on church goers’ faith. They embody colonial aspects, like capitalistic greed. /2
There is also a hierarchy, some angels are spies and seem to kind of be like spying on the populace and what not. So these Mexicans have turned their source of oppression into sustenance. It is really awesome getting a viewpoint on the church that is not western. /3
The playbooks you can choose from are animals and aspects of your personality. If you’re elegant and graceful, and beautiful—you’d be the Venado, like I was. I like that the animals are extensions of your personality it enables you to hook onto the fiction easily. /4
All of the Nahual transform into a hybrid form where they further embody the animals’ characteristics. There are levels to this transformation; six of them. As you get XP you can slowly unlock those forms. You get XP by choosing from a list of Traumas, when you do X you get XP /5
I was reckless, so when I placed myself in danger I got XP. To do your cool Nahual things you take Stress. From transforming to doing awesome stuff like running along vertical surfaces and water, all that costs stress. If you accrue too much, you take a new Trauma /6
I liked how cyclical stress and experience worked. There are relationship connections, cool gear, and barrio options where you sort of make complications by inserting yourself into the community. /7
Another awesome thing was defining our establishment, El Changarro. We decided on a taquería. So we go out and hunt the angels and then sell them to get by. This is also a source of stuff we gotta deal with in the fiction, grounding it in the players “normal” lives /8
When we transformed into our hybrid forms, we were asked how we perceived the world differently now. What do we look like now, how does our form change? As a deer, I imagined when I changed I was in a dense forest, my senses heightened. /9
This game is so cool. The world, premise, art. I can’t wait to play more of it!! Makes me want to get ahold of the graphic novel the fiction is rooted in, too. Can’t wait for the final game to play.
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