Friday, January 5, 2018

Character Creation: Pasión de las Pasiones

Real quick character before dinner.

The Game: Pasión de las Pasiones (ashcan)
The Publisher: Magpie Games
Degree of Familiarity: Some. I played it at Metatopia and I'm pretty familiar with PbtA games in general.
Books Required: Just the one.

So, Pasión is a PbtA game emulating telenovelas. I have never watched any of these shows, but I know melodrama and I love games with emotional stakes, and I cannot recommend this game highly enough if you're into those things. If I were playing this game for realsies, obviously there'd be a lot of talk about the tone of the show and where it's set and so forth, but I can keep it pretty generic for purposes of chargen.

First thing, as is typical of PbtA games, is to choose a playbook. When I played this game at Metatopia I played El Caballero, so I think I'd like to do something else this time. The characters are written as gendered (part of this is due to how Spanish works, of course), but there's nothing that says La Doña can't be male, f'rex. Hmm. I think I'll go with El Gemelo (the Twin); I almost chose this one last time.

So, as the name implies, El Gemelo is a twin, and my other sibling could be another PC or a supporting character, were I actually playing. Since that's not an issue, I shall continue. First thing is to choose a name similar to my twin's name. I'll say my character's name is Gilberto, and my brother's is Alberto.

Next question is: Are you taking advantage of your twin's reputation? I'll say sure. Alberto is a big shot, a gambler known to be amazingly lucky and skilled to the point that other folks will fold to his bluff a lot of the time (I may have seen Molly's Game today. Also the last time I played this game there was a lot of casino-related shenanigans).

Next: What are two things people notice about you? I'll say "winning smile" and "gold pinky ring." Alberto and I have matching ones, except his has a diamond and mine has a ruby.

Now I choose up to three props. Ooh. I'll take "your twin's home," "a fancy black car," and "a dashing scarf."

Relationships, I'll skip, because it's just me.

Hmm. "This Time On" sets up a plot point for me ("there is a big event that your twin is supposed to be at. How have you made sure you will also be there and to what purpose?"). I think there's some kind of high rollin', elbow-rubbin', mostly gamblers-and-rich-people kind of event. I'm looking for someone to loan me money, so I just called the place and claimed the dog ate my invite. We've both got invites now, so as long as I avoid Alberto, I should be fine.

Last time: Choose two movies. Ooh. I'll take That Wasn't Me and Twin Tied; basically allowing me to exploit identity confusion a lot (because that's totes how I'd play this character).

And that's it! How easy!