This Saturday, August 6, 2 pm EDT, 7 pm in the UK, I will be testing a gemquest format I have conceived.
The format test will take the form of team combat, probably in the Arena. This is only so that I can assess if my idea is suitably challenging, balanced and doesn't take too long to execute. The gemquest itself will most likely include team combat, team questing and team scavenger hunts. These activities will require you to have a balanced team from many professions.
While the gemquest format will be more inclusive and allow people who do not excel in combat to participate, it will also be longer and far more dangerous than the test I do this weekend.
BOON OR BANE
The format of my gem quest (by the way, I have no idea when it will be, I just want to be prepared) is called Boon or Bane. Just like the sea can sustain or destroy, so too will elements of this gem quest.
People will volunteer to be boon or banes prior to the gemquest. Teams will be chosen, then seeing the make up of the teams, I will tell one person on each team they will be the boon and one person that they will be the bane.
The bane person will do things to sabotage their team. The more things they do in each round without being discovered as the bane, the greater their reward at the end of the gem quest. (\"Accidently\" going inside with the sands of time, bringing a bug tuned to the enemy leader into a strategy meeting etc.)
The boon will be provided with resources to help his/her team. They have to decide how to dole the resources out. Do they use them up front at once or save them for later rounds. If the boon ends up riding the ship, they must stay out of the game until the next round.
After this test I hope to think of some interesting tasks for people to perform in the gem quest having seen how things work out. (Of course, i already have bunches of ideas.)
If you are going to be around this Saturday and can devote an hour or two to play around, your presence would be welcomed.
If you would like to volunteer to be a boon or bane, please send me a letter explaining why your skills would be appropriate for that role.
Banes, please mention any ideas you have for how you would sabotage your team without getting caught.
Boons, if you were given pouches with a total of 1000 herbs and poisons, what herb and poisons would be in those pouches, in what amounts and how would you dole them out if they had to last 5 rounds. (I have pretty much decided I won't be handing out pouches so don't get your hopes up folks. It is just a test question)
You may assume that the tasks would be generally similar to past gemquests- Combat, defending a location, getting an item and keeping it from an enemy, getting from point A to point B as fast as possible.
Proteus, god of the sea
Written by my hand on the 9th of Eleuthral, in the year 1144.