3.5.4 FITTING THE PLAYERS IN
In Children of Fire, it can be difficult to fit all the player characters in smoothly with the tale the storyteller is attempting to weave. Angels of different orders (having very divergent goals) may have difficulty finding common ground within the plot line. The author offers these suggestions to help alleviate this problem.
- Come up with only half the plot prior
to character creation. Establish the main themes and many of the major story points. Once all the players have made their angels, go back and fill in whats missing. Use story hooks to include specific characters in the plot.
- It helps for the characters to have connections to each other. Encourage the players to have commonalties between their angels. Perhaps they have some shared experience. Have the players elaborate on these connections.
- Give the players a clear idea of what youre going after during character generation. Nothing is worse for a player than to get attached to character theyve invested a lot of time in, only to find out he doesnt mesh well with the main thrust of the story.
- The group mentality common to many standard role-playing games does not always apply to Children of Fire. Dont be afraid to keep the characters separated, sometimes working toward divergent personal goals. Give the players plenty of scenes to work with during a given session, and dont be afraid to let the other players enjoy someone elses role-playing scene. Eventually, however, the characters should be brought together in some manner, but dont force it.
- Try to make the characters individual missions more open-ended. These celestial mission are what usually get the main characters involved in your plot. If they feel there is no leeway, they will resists your attempts to get them involved in other elements of the story.