Learn to Play Business Wizards - Indie RPG One-Shot
Business Wizards on Zoom
About the adventure
Do you love a challenge? Can you cast legendary spells on time and under budget? Are your illusionary projections actually illusions? Join a magically powered up team with flexible hours and competitive treasure/experience share. Only highly proficient communicators and ace spellcasters need apply. Experience with Crystal Balls, PCs and NPCs is a plus. This one-shot adventure set in the Arcane World of Business runs on the POLYMORPH SYSTEM. Each player only ever uses ONE polyhedral die: a d4, a d6, a d8, or a d10. Each die represents a different character “role” in the group. Whenever a player asks “can I do something?” they roll their die and with a quick glance at a resolution matrix, know if they succeed. There is NEVER any math involved (no modifiers, no masters). Depending on the game world and what kind of character that you are playing, you may roll with advantage or disadvantage (or not need to roll at all); and the PM (the person running the game) never rolls dice. Open to brand new players and seasoned "professionals" alike, Business Wizards is pun-tastic corporate horror that will appeal to literally anyone who's ever, you know, worked a job.
How to prepare
Because the game will run on Zoom, you will need a standard video conferencing setup. We do not require that players be on camera, but it's always nice to show your face, so your fellow players know you're human! Your GM will teach you how to play and help you create a character. You may bring your own polyhedral dice if you wish—if you don't own any, though, no worries. Your GM will share with you an app for rolling dice online!
What I provide
We will bring ideas for adventures, digital character sheets, and years of experience GMing!
Overall game play is creative, wacky and cooperative. The players do some planning together via a SWOT ANALYSIS listing their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats at the start of the session. However, nothing is required before the session and full character creation and SWOT are typically finished within 30 minutes. Business Wizards uses the POLYMORPH system which is a new and simple roleplaying system. It is a one die per player system focusing on your character being better at some stat rolls than others. You can play as The Innovator d4, The Dynamo d6, The Cutthroat d8 or The Manager d10. Players only have to roll THEIR die and want to roll in the range of numbers of the GM's chosen stat (example: An IDEATE roll requires a 2 or 3, so the Innovator is very good at using IDEATE and The Dynamo is pretty good at using IDEATE while The Manager isn't so good at IDEATE rolls.). A typical experience would be that your team has been tasked with creating a new ad campaign for a new product release next month. The Manager may DELEGATE some tasks to the group in the hopes they they don't have to do any ACTUAL magic. The Cutthroat decides to put a spell of protection on themselves so they can't be blamed for any mistakes or delays. The Innovator and The Dynamo decide to try out a grassroots campaign on the new WITCHTOK app to hit the young wizard market! What could go wrong???
Safety tools used
- Lines and Veils
- Open Door
How will character creation work
Character creation will happen during the session, and we'll give you some ideas and inspiration for creating someone that's fun to play in the world of the game. If you'd like to check out the character sheet beforehand, we've provided one in the prep materials! But because this is a "Learn to Play" session all you need to do is show up.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: Low
- Roleplay: Medium
- Puzzles: Low
- Experience Level: None
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