The game is afoot! We’re glad to have 28 players (7 in each team) in the game, with students from the Big Games class, other ITP students, and our Big Games professor all playing.
Because of special events happening at ITP, we decided to begin on Sunday morning. Before that though, we had to build teams and send out the first set of instructions. Here’s what we sent out.
Future updates will include results of the days voting, special events and all that jazz. Stay tuned!
Pantheon: A Game of Democratic Religion, Lazy Gods, and Obvious, Monumental Displays of Wealth and Power
Hear Ye Hear Ye!
The Gods have chosen their priests to serve them for the rest of their lives (seven days, to be precise)!
Here those fortunate enough to be marked by the Gods:
MICTLANTECUHTLI – God of Death and the Underworld (Sharang)
The skeletal Mictlantecuhtli rules the lowest and northernmost section of the Underworld from a house with no windows. Make sure your deceased relative bring sufficient offerings for the “Lord of Mictlan”, or suffer his displeasure!
ISIS – Goddess of Nature and Magic (JinYi)
The Goddess of Nature and Magic, Isis is famous for piecing together her dismembered husband and then using her considerable skill and knowledge to bring him back to life. A healing, nurturing side belies one of the most powerful sorceresses to have graced the world.
CHI WEN – Protector of the Home
One of the Nine Young Dragons, Chi Wen uses his large eyes to keep watch on the houses of the faithful. Take heed: Chi Wen can use his cavernous mouth to swallow whole those who threaten his charge!
LOKI – Trickster-God
Shape-shifter, troublemaker and trickster, Loki forever plots against all the other gods. Beware his silver tongue, lest you be ensnared in his schemes.
The Gods will soon send another message with further instructions. Until then, may the Luck of the Gods be with you all!
Mysterious Writing on a Stone Tablet
PS: Don’t forget your new vows as Priests: a) No garlic on Mondays b) No sitting on things with polka dots c) No cuckoo-clocks d) No combining mustard and maple syrups
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Quote of the Day: “Building a temple didn’t mean you believed in gods, it just meant you believed in architecture.” – Terry Pratchett, Making Money
All hail Mictlantecuhtli! All hail Isis! All hail Loki! All Hail Chi Wen!
Remember, your aim is for your people to build the largest and most magnificent temple the world has ever seen! Or at least, more magnificent than those of your main rivals…
Work on the Temples have begun! Your armies of contracted builders, criminals serving their sentences, slaves captured in war, and summer interns are hard at work haling marble, shaping limestone, and digging foundations.
However, you all know that construction projects take a LOOONG time. As priests, you need to beseech your respective gods to take action. You are encouraged to communicate with other priests of your faith, but this is not a requirement.
Twice a day, once before 12:00 noon, and once before 7:00 PM, you are allowed to take one prayer slip and pray to perform one action by placing the slip in your god’s box (located in the corridor leading to the J-area). The actions are:
a) Build layers of a temple (WHITE prayer card)
b) Destroy layers of a temple. (GREEN prayer card). Write the name of your target religion.
c) Bless their religion in order to gain a prophet (ORANGE prayer card)
d) Sacrifice another priest of the same religion in order to gain extra blessings and many new layers of their temple (PURPLE prayer card). Write the name of your target priest.
Your god will pick one action to perform, based on the majority vote. The only exception is that “Bless” counts even if it’s not the highest vote.
If your religion has the highest blessing count, you gain the Prophet, who provides your religion with a boost and also communicates directly with the Gods.
Those are the basics of how you build your temple. Please take a moment to read the full set of instructions here. It’s a short read .
If you are unable to come to the floor, please ask another fellow priest to place your vote instead of you. We will not accept votes by email, except in the direst of circumstances. You all know who’s in your team, based on previous communication.
Because of various delays caused by the Festival of the Birth of the Arduino, The first set of prayers are due at 12:00 noon on Sunday the 30th.
Feel free to ask any questions.
And check your mail. At least two messages will arrive daily.
A Mystical Voice Emanating from the Vault of the Heavens
PS: Don’t forget to wear your Holy Codpiece or Sacred Toe-ring at all times. They are the badges of your office.