Monday, May 21, 2012
FtA: Apocalyptic Nihilism
And then we died of radiation poisoning.
Seriously, that was it. We turned right when we should have turned left, and stumbled into a hot zone, and three sessions later, we were all dead.
I don't think From the Ashes is a fundamentally nihilistic game. Or at least, it doesn't have to be - it's not designed to be. Are you going to die? Yes. Absolutely. There is no retirement for these characters. They are agents of change, as society digs itself out of the rubble, and they burn themselves out affecting that change. They flare brightly and then they burn out. The idea is to shape the world around them before they go, and that, I think, gives more purpose to a game than a hundred plundered dungeons, or a thousand slain dragons.