The Unexpected, especially the balanced unexpected, always has a great inpact. (GMing/ Writing tip 87)
To be honest, "The Hand" is a tiny fraction of The Stars, and has a modest impact upon the world.. almost nothing in comparison to the effect the Stars have upon the world. Still, the explanation for The Hand's Powers and their "cover" make the organization effective. Go to Comment
Even healers have to live from something. To me it seems to go along with their clerical appearance - in exchange for healing, you don't necessarily have to pay, but can perform a service "for the cause". It may be something directly for the order, or some "good deed", both are understandable and support their public image. The Stars may trade it for other services in turn. Go to Comment
These are not your riverboat gamblers. These are not your Vegas crowd. These are extremely rich and powerful gamblers. They are nobles. They are merchants. They are kings. They have the money to burn (and the ability to make more).
These are your Skulls, Your New Men, your Trilateral Commission, your Round Table, those of wealth and power, who play these kinds of games because they can. And other people are their pawns to their own greed, ambition, and huberis.
Eyes Wide Shut shows a perfect example of such an organization, though they are more about debachery rather than politics, at least in the movie's story.
They are a political organization because these are the only people who can gamble at this level.
I mean who else would have the ability and money to gamble on these things, and the ability to create minion to act upon them.
If you don't like the coding, can you find another one for a group of people who start wars to see who will win? Go to Comment
Another incomplete post. Why would gamblers create a political organization? I know several and they can hardly manage themselves, and are a far cry from organization of any kind. The bit about the manipulators IS credible though and I think you should play fully upon that theme if you choose to revise this post. Go to Comment
With the new comment, which I think should be added to the description, I have changed my vote. I would also have removed the challenge, but I cannot, and I urge everyone to vote "leave it be". It is now a complete post that is not illogical now that MH has expanded and explained it.
Removing a challenge should be an option! MH showed dedication here. That should be rewarded in several ways.
Now it is a solid setting "society club" of sorts, where the rich rub other rich peoples' backs. Gotta have those. Go to Comment
I nominated it because it was a 2.5 post from you. You are our Grand Master of RPGs and I cannot envision any of your posts below 3.0. If they are they need work per definition and you were too quick in posting them.
Hmmm... With all these posts of yours I presume manfred could create a generator using yours only. The RGP system generator ;) Go to Comment
In a crowded marketplace, a man is standing on a soapbox, orating. Some of the crowd are cheering, some hissing, some standing around saying "I can't hear a bl**dy word he's saying". It's a hustings for an election. The PCs can either leave, or stay and listen. If they do the latter, then they can vote too, and they might get quite involved in the cheering. Depending on who wins they might get quite involved in the post-election brawl too...
There are numerous possibilities with this encounter: the PCs might end up talking to one of the nervous candidates before their speech, and offer encouragement and support. Of course this candidate may well turn out to be someone with outspokenly unorthodox views, and the crowd don't take kindly to s/his supporters. Or maybe the seemingly innocuous candidate turns out to be a complete racist, and the PCs wander off embarrassedly, pretending they weren't talking to this person five minutes ago.