Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spirit of the Century: Time Heals All Wounds - Working out Twain's Aspects

As I posted earlier, I'm working up Spirit of the Century adventure to have in my back pocket in case I get to run an after hours game at this year's Gen Con. As before, I'm working out some of my thoughts on Google Plus and then refining them a bit for a blog post. Sorry if you're following me in both places.

The first character that I'd like to flesh out is Mark Twain. In  Time Heals All Wounds, the Mark Twain character is a younger version than the white haired old man that most people hold in their minds. This  will be a younger version of Twain, who's in his early to mid thirties and has been accidentally sucked through time, over ten years after his death, into the Spirit of the Century universe of the 1920s.

I'm looking for the Twain in this picture.  It was taken a couple of years after his hard drinking and hard fighting newspaper days out West. He's a tough and has traveled the world by this point. He's been to the Mediterranean and traveled in countries like Egypt. Twain is also married giving him a reason to want to get back home.

To get some idea of Twain's toughness, check out this second photo, taken years later. You can still see the physical toughness of the rive boat captain and brawling newspaper man even later in life.

While I only need ten aspects, I hope to make a big list that I can then just cherry pick when making up his character..

Some aspects that I've thought of so far:
  • Hard drinkin', hard fightin'
  • It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
  • Man of the world.
  • Never waste an opportunity to display my wit.
  • Accidental time traveler
I've had some really great suggestions from my Google Plus Gaming circle.

James Desborough, aka Grim Jim, proprietor of Postmortem Studios, suggested these fantastic ideas. These are amazing FATE aspects. I have no further words. Enjoy!

  • A Particular Way With Words
  • Big Spender
  • Fate Tied to the Comet

  • Impressive Moustache
Brent Newhall posted the following:
Hmm. I don't know Twain's stuff well enough to match these up to quotes, but the attributes I'd want to capture include:

  • Resourcefulness
  • Rapier Wit
  • Way with Words
  • Keen Eye
    Another Google Plus user, Mark Delsing, added this great one from Twain's own words:

    • The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

    Feel free to post your own ideas in the comments.

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    1. I cannot even go into words just how awesome this s.

    2. Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

      It's been fun coming up with it and even more fun to collaborate with others on my ideas.