Influential figures and their counter parts

These come into connection to the card section that is ‘influential figures’, the other stack next to the ‘recourses’ that players can pick from. I have used the research I have gone over the past term to be my booster, hoping that It would cover all that I would need. The first list came to the following:

  • Archilles; dipped into the River Styx
  • Alexander the Great
  • Bellerophon; Son of Poseidon
  • Heracles; Son of Zeus
  • Odysseus; Semi-God – great-grandson of Hermes
  • Perseus; Son of Zeus
  • Theseus; Son of Poseidon
  • Prometheus; Titian

With these numbers not reaching the 12 that I wanted available, this meant I had to look at another section of offspring from the 6 playable Gods/Goddesses. So I considered the following also:

  • Balius; Immortal horse, child of Zeus
  • Xanthus; Immortal horse, child of Zeus
  • Pegasus; Winged divine stallion, child of Poseidon
  • Areion; Immortal talking horse, child of Poseidon and Demeter
  • The ram of the Golden Fleece; child of Poseidon

Trying to get these to work, seemed actually harder than needed. I was saying no to people who were great in their own alternative professions, which made this selection again harder. Thinking then, it wasn’t fair to use ‘Prometheus’ as he was a Titian, and seeing as I rejected ‘Aphrodite’ for the fact she was a Titian, meaning he was out. I didn’t see the point in the Ram of the Golden Fleece remaining, despite the fact it was a child of Poseidon. I had to consider alternatives.

Second selection group:

  • Perseus
  • Theseus
  • Daedalus and Icarus
  • Helen of Troy
  • Agamemnon
  • Ajax
  • Penelope and Odysseus
  • Hylas
  • Orpheus
  • Eurydice
  • Bellerophon
  • Heracles
  • Hippolyta

As this list surpassed the group of 12 shield cards, the idea came across to me of counter parts. For example Penelope and Odysseus are a married couple. If done right I could possibly use this to my advantage of another means to encourage people to chance the influential figure pile – despite the risks of possibly getting a board effect or a negative card.

(Shown in Notebook 5, pages 48 – 49)

So Setting out to figure out the pairings, I came up with the following:

  • Eurydice – Orpheus
  • Heracles – Hylas
  • Perseus – Andromeda
  • Helen of Troy – Menelaus
  • Agamemnon – Clytemnestra
  • Ajax – Tecmessa
  • Odysseus – Penelope
  • Daedalus and Icarus
  • Hippolyta
  • Hector – Andromache
  • Achilles – Patroclus
  • Alexander – Roxana

With this list, I hit 12. Though with 2 of the 12 there isn’t much of a need for a pair. One (Daedalus and Icarus) is father and son, but have their own right claimed a spot due to their inventions. Then the second (Hippolyta) is a Queen who hadn’t married, yet ruled over a great warrior nation – The amazons.

(Shown in Notebook 5, page 50)

With these thoughts I have thought of the idea of, to encourage players involvement with the actual pile more – basically do you dare chance the deck. The idea was that of if you had both the divine card and the counter part, you could claim the area in which they ruled over. This would be hard to achieve because of the solo cards, and or if they actually didn’t rule over a area of land in general or with their significant other.

The best thing I think I can do with this is actually test this out and see if it is playable, if it doesn’t work then I can simply highlight the counter parts of the divine figures as perked cards, while all others could be negative buff related.

This is something that I would have to continue to look into to ensure that the play experience isn’t too overwhelming.