The genre of a world defines the boundaries in which the world exists. It goes beyond a simple setting to being the theme and focus around which all stories in that world revolve. When all the narratives and mechanics of a story focus specifically around that genre, the world is brought to life in more clear, vivid, and accessible fashion. Players then know what they are expecting and how to fit within the world of Dead Legends. Sharing a clear genre also allows players to build a cooperative atmosphere together and not be in conflict about what kind of game we are playing. In the world of Dead Legends, the genre is Americana Weird West and is further defined by our alternate history timeline that begins in 1863. This means the world is as it was prior to that date is as anyone can read in any history book. That the world, in general, is specifically Americana Old West and North American Victorian themed. It is fully open to the imaginations of the Storytellers from that basis, but the story staff are specifically playing, building, and writing within that sandbox of a genre. Therefore, when a player makes a character that fits the genre, it is far easier for story staff to give them backstory or personalized plot.
When a player creates a character who is outside of those bounds, they are playing your own fantasy within the LARP. It often becomes confusing for other players because they came with expectations to the game about one thing and suddenly are seeing other elements that were not explained to them going into the game. People will feel like they are missing out, forgot to read a part of the setting, or that other players are getting 'special attention' for weird things. However, the biggest issue isn't the confusion to other players, but it also creates problems for the Storytelling staff who are ALL specifically focused on building story within our set genre. Plot staff then either has to break genre to accommodate this background or they simply need to ignore in their storybuilding efforts. Because the story staff needs to focus on the over all vision of the world, the game, and the majority of players, they cannot adjust their vision for one player. It is not fair to the greater community of players or past story. Therefore, while story staff CAN approve backstories that our out of our genre, vision, or continental world, it means those backgrounds will never become highlighted in play through the plot team -- be it running backstory plot or overall plots that have those elements included. Story staff wants everyone to be able to come to game and play the character they dreamt of playing, but they aren't able to support out of genre backstory with directed plot. As ever, the storytellers are completely willing to work with players on how to better sculpt their backgrounds to fit both our genre and the story vision they have for their characters.
Let's talk about 'mastery'. Mastery of a thing is the highest skill level. It is hard earned, and people spend time and energy to reach the point wh...
2nd Edition Update: Mastery!!
December 3, 2018
One of the foundations of the Dead Legends system is the Focus Pool. After examining the way that Focus works we have decided to make some changes to...
Second Edition Update #2 - Focus
June 21, 2018
Hey folks, now that the rules are published, what are you to do? Well, first off we did the hard part. We already went and adjusted your XP for any...