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The new RPG from Monte Cook. A game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table--and away from it.
A roleplaying game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table—and away from it.
A roleplaying game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table—and away from it.
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Makers

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As their name suggests, Makers make. They might know a few spells, but first and foremost they focus their magic through objects that they craft. To put it another way, they turn their spells into objects that they can use. They can take other things—energy sources, spirits, demons, people—and make them into objects as well. “You heard about the Maker who found God?” the joke goes. “She made him into a necktie she wears only on religious holidays.”

Makers in the game get to design their own creations and determine their exact capabilities, although sometimes one’s own creation can contain a surprise or two. This involves a fun minigame/subsystem unique to Makers.

Makers are often more physical than other vislae, using the tools and weapons they craft to overcome challenges. However, Makers can still learn spells and charms like any of their fellows to supplement their order’s abilities.

The Order of Makers is a loose-knit collection of individuals. They meet only rarely, and usually only to show off their latest creations or trade the occasional crafting secret.

Players who aren’t interested in the traditional “spellcaster” type of character will find the Maker appealing. A player interested in combat could have a Maker who crafts weaponry and then uses it. But Invisible Sun isn’t necessarily a combat-focused game. So maybe your Maker would create a variety of simulacra to perform elaborate plays that you write. Or a vehicle that travels from raindrop to raindrop, following a storm. Or a fortress filled with mouths that speak the million sacred names. Or something that combines all of them.

 

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    1. Oliver Peltier
      Superbacker
      on August 24, 2016

      @Shanna, you should love the lyrics and that album. I discovered Kristin Hersh in the 90s, several friends reccomended her as they knew I am a massive Cocteau Twins fan. Both artists were with the 4AD label. Both artists weaved amazing sounds.

      http://www.cocteautwins.com/html/media/video.html

      I'm looking forward to hearing more about the unique magic systems of each order. November 2017 can't come quick enough

    2. Shanna Germain Collaborator on August 22, 2016

      Oliver: Those lyrics!

      Gavin: A lot of that is still in the works, so I can't say too much, but each has its own cool, unique magic system at the table :)

    3. Oliver Peltier
      Superbacker
      on August 22, 2016

      Shanna, I hope you like the album.
      A link to the official video of Your Ghost:

      https://g.co/kgs/NX07Sd
      "...That cloud stomps around my house
      Does whatever it pleases, it teases me"

    4. Gavin Musgrove on August 22, 2016

      Question: Do Makers have a little mini game system to represent their magic at the table? (similar to how Vances have a thing.)

    5. Shanna Germain Collaborator on August 22, 2016

      Oliver: I am going to try and listen to that album -- I've never heard of it, but I love all the song titles!

      BruceP: I think so too!

    6. Oliver Peltier
      Superbacker
      on August 22, 2016

      When I first heard the word Maker during the invisible sun, I was reminded of this alluring album:

      Hips and Makers ( Kristin Hersh)

      1- Your Ghost
      2- Beestung
      3- Teeth
      4- Sundrops
      5- Sparky
      6- Houdini Blues
      7- A Loon
      8- Velvet Days
      9- Close Your Eyes
      10- Me and My Charms
      11- Tuesday Night
      12- The Letter
      13- Lurch
      14- The Cuckoo
      15- Hips and Makers

      http://www.alwaysontherun.net/kristin.htm#hips

      Tracks 1 and 15 may have a surreal relevance to Makers, at least in my opinion

    7. BruceP - Chameleon Prime
      Superbacker
      on August 22, 2016

      Makers sound cool!