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Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« on: October 24, 2009, 01:46:50 PM »
If the attitude of the nobility could be described in a bumper sticker, it would be “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.”  Toys can be belongings, minions, useful allies, great accomplishments, defeated enemies, etc. Your goal is to have more than the other guy.

Creating a Concept

Don’t pigeonhole yourself too much into a certain type of character unless you’re positive it’s something you want to play every minute you’re online. A lot of players decide to create elaborate concepts for noble characters that involve mental illness, addiction, mommy issues, etc.  Save the telenovela for when you get in-game and start creating your own. It will come much more naturally.

Do think of a few hobbies or interests your noble might have.  They can always develop new ones, but it helps to have something to hire others to help you with right off the bat.  If you’re having trouble thinking of hobbies, think of what sorts of interests you might share with other nobles (making alliances through them, like playing golf in the corporate world), or a way to become renowned among your peers (for example, by authoring widely-read books), or a way to defeat more enemies (studying the use of poison), etc.

The First Hours in Game

Do not go shopping.  I know you have the equivalent of a bank heist in your pockets, but don’t spend it.

The first thing you need is not more silk. The first thing you need is minions.

A newbie noble is a leader without any followers. Without followers, it’s hard to get more followers. Without more followers, it’s hard to do anything at all; the irony of nobility is that it is powerless without commoners and slaves.

Hire the first hirable person you meet, and don’t be too picky about it, either.  Yes, I really mean that.  Obviously if you’re an Oash you can’t hire anyone with elven blood, and a Winrothol wouldn’t hire a Nakki, but the first person who’s even slightly acceptable should be on your payroll in some fashion.  Even if you’re just hiring some 13 year old as a page to put out the word that you’re hiring, or contracting with a hunter to bring you something from the wilderness, start doing something your first hours.

The only exception to this is if you’re coming into a House that already has a PC noble in it. In that case, politely ask the other noble if you can borrow the services of his aide/top employee in finding yourself a number one minion. This means your first hire will almost certainly be a good one.

And even if the first person you hire is a double agent, or an idiot, or a liability, you can always get rid of them later.  As long as they bring in more minions, they will have served their purpose.

Using Your Minions

Every employee you have should be your spy.  If you have enough people reporting to you, even the most mundane things and snips of conversations, you can put things together and know what others are up to.  A good social noble makes people think they must be a mindbender (or a staff member) to know so much about everything that’s going on.

Of course, the employees need a cover story, too.  Hunter, aide, guard, tailor, chef, whatever.  They should always be sources of information along with whatever else they do.

Pay your employees well, but not quickly. Don’t give money to people upon hiring them, or you’re just asking them to get bored and go die in the wild. Give them a goal and a day when they can expect their first pay, if they’ve performed to your satisfaction, and give them access to food and water if they’re hungry or thirsty. People get bored when money comes too easily. Give bonuses for performance and you’ll get performance.

If you want loyalty, establish rapport with each employee individually.  Make them feel unique by taking them aside when it comes time for them to report.  Praise can often go further than a ‘sid bonus in encouraging hard work.  Let them feel like they know a little bit about what you’re thinking and planning, without actually revealing all that you know. (but also read Advanced Strategy Tip 1)

But I want to Do Something ™!

By the time you have 2-3 minions, which should be plenty for a newer noble, you’ll have met most of the other nobles, some merchant types, and an assortment of riffraff. By now your minions should be reporting back to you anything they hear about everyone else.  You should start looking for:
*What are the weaknesses of the other powerful people? Secret lovers, a nasty spice habit, connected to criminals, everyone has a secret. Find it and take note of it, but wait until you need something from them, before you exploit it.  Unless you need money, then you could try blackmail. Blackmail is sadly underused in Arm.
*Whose needs and ambitions match what you want, and might be fun to team up with?
*Who just annoys the everloving crap out of you and needs to stop breathing, pronto?

And there you have tools, “allies” and “enemies”.  If that doesn’t give you something to do, then you, sir or madam, need more murder, corruption, and betrayal in your diet.

I put allies and enemies in quote marks because you also shouldn’t get too attached to thinking of people as only one or the other.  There are times when you should arrange a truce with your enemy, and times you should backstab your best friend.  Don’t get into the mindset of thinking that you “can’t” turn on someone.  If you’ve gotten to that point you’re their loyal minion, see section above.

On the other hand, don't play too hard, too fast.  If your enemy is someone that has been around much longer than you, and is playing smart, you're not going to be able to mount a full frontal assault on them right away.  Full frontal assaults aren't what you should be going for in most cases, anyway.

Advanced Leadership/Strategy Tips

1. Being a leader is a lonely role.  It's best if you get used to it and don't try to become best buddies with your minions.  It's inappropriate ICly.  Your minions should be aware of the barrier between you and them, and should understand that while intelligent suggestions and ideas are welcome, democracy doesn't really exist in Zalanthas.

2. To use people effectively, you need to be able to interact well with them personally, but also analyze them impersonally. If you need a false rumor spread, you need to find a gossip.  Say you choose a young GMH agent who seems congenitally incapable of keeping his mouth closed.  Your intelligence network tells you that he drinks too much, is sleeping with one of his merchants, and that he loves to read and has an inquisitive mind. Your analysis of his character is that he won't spread a rumor unless he truly believes it himself, and he's no fool.  So you have a few options available to you, insofar as how you're going to "sell" this rumor to him.  You could drink with him, pretend to get drunk really fast, and 'spill' the rumor. You could have one of your minions also sleep with his merchant and 'spill' the rumor in pillow talk.  Or you could invite him over to your place, and leave him alone in a room with a book in a prominent spot that has the rumor written in it.

3. To avoid detection, you need to think ahead.  With the above example, you need to think about how not to get the rumor traced back to you.  The only way here is by using your minion and his minion as intermediaries.  How you do this depends on your analysis of the minions--is your minion loyal enough to be told that the rumor is false, is your minion subtle enough to drop the rumor without it seeming forced, is your minion likely to be subverted and turned against you by his minion, can your minion even get into his minion's pants or do you need to combine two of the strategies and have your minion get drunk with his minion? If you analyze people well, you have a better chance of predicting how they'll behave in a specific circumstance.

4. Don't put all your eggs in one basket--diversify, have a finger in every pie. Don't put all your trust in one ally or minion.  Don't base all your hopes on one plan, and be ready for people to do unexpected things (I talked about prediction, but they're still people, and people aren't always logical). Don't get so focused on one goal that you miss other opportunities. Some people play nobles with the single-mindedness of a dwarven focus, but what's wanted in a noble is multi-mindedness. You should eventually be working on multiple 'foci' which is why you shouldn't pigeonhole your concept too much at the start, because you may block yourself from picking up some interesting ambitions in the natural course of play.

5. Think beyond assassination.  With the enemy you know, you have intelligence, possibly moles in his/her camp, and you know about them and how they'll act.  If have them assassinated, you have to learn about someone new, who might be even more of a pain in the ass than the person you had assassinated. In some cases the risk will be worth it, but you might consider one or more of the following options: libel and defamation, knocking away their support, blackmail, theft, sabotage, scapegoating, provoking them into trouble with the law, stealing their minions and projects, biological warfare, etc.
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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 01:57:49 PM »
I wish this guide had been out when I played my templar; I doubt I would've resorted to storing him.  Thanks, Vanth!
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 02:31:52 PM »
So ^this^ is what love feels like?

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 02:47:21 PM »
So ^this^ is what love feels like? :)

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 04:02:16 PM »
That was a good read! Thanks.

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 04:28:00 PM »
Excellent, Vanth.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 07:24:57 PM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 07:27:12 PM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?

Because it can apply mostly to other leader-types beyond nobles?

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2009, 08:30:06 PM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?

Because it can apply mostly to other leader-types beyond nobles?

Seems a bit too IC to me. It opens a window on noble life I'd preferred to have remained mysterious.

Although I guess each noble house has its own sekrit clan documents.
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2009, 08:34:54 PM »
There's nothing in there that cannot be gleaned from the documents.

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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2009, 08:38:50 PM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?

Because it can apply mostly to other leader-types beyond nobles?

Seems a bit too IC to me. It opens a window on noble life I'd preferred to have remained mysterious.

Although I guess each noble house has its own sekrit clan documents.

How is this not a consolidated article filled with generic, House-independent tips that have been passed around on the GDB plenty of times before without breaking rules?

Anyway, I think this guide also applies to templars and GMH people, to a certain extent, and it will hopefully help with the turnover rate that currently exists in sponsored app type roles.

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2009, 10:20:18 PM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?

Because it can apply mostly to other leader-types beyond nobles?

Seems a bit too IC to me. It opens a window on noble life I'd preferred to have remained mysterious.

Although I guess each noble house has its own sekrit clan documents.
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2009, 10:21:20 PM »
She runs shit.

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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2009, 10:23:13 PM »
She runs shit.
Show's you how much I question "her", I was so intimidated by "her" I always though "she" was a "he."
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2009, 11:48:13 PM »
She runs shit.
Show's you how much I question "her", I was so intimidated by "her" I always though "she" was a "he."

That's the way we bitches like to run things.  Under your radar.
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2009, 12:12:01 AM »
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Vanth is one of the guys who runs shit, if he wants to share it, your opinion matters not, no offense.  Way over your paygrade.

The staff is infallible, is it? No, just all-powerful within this context. Not the same thing.

I'm not afraid to post my opinions on the board. That's what it is for, after all. Do I expect my opinions to influence staff or players reading them? I've been posting long enough to know not really.

So my point is, I'll post anyway. I like to speak my mind.
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2009, 01:14:54 AM »
She runs shit.
Show's you how much I question "her", I was so intimidated by "her" I always though "she" was a "he."

That's the way we bitches like to run things.  Under your radar.
Mission accomplished.
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2009, 03:06:18 AM »
She runs shit.
Show's you how much I question "her", I was so intimidated by "her" I always though "she" was a "he."

That's the way we bitches like to run things.  Under your radar.
Mission accomplished.

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2009, 08:58:25 AM »
Awesome guide, Vanth!


4. Don't put all your eggs in one basket--diversify, have a finger in every pie. Don't put all your trust in one ally or minion.  Don't base all your hopes on one plan, and be ready for people to do unexpected things (I talked about prediction, but they're still people, and people aren't always logical). Don't get so focused on one goal that you miss other opportunities. Some people play nobles with the single-mindedness of a dwarven focus, but what's wanted in a noble is multi-mindedness. You should eventually be working on multiple 'foci' which is why you shouldn't pigeonhole your concept too much at the start, because you may block yourself from picking up some interesting ambitions in the natural course of play.


This is, IMO, probably the best piece of advice in there.  Most of the complaints I have read from the players of nobles and other leaders on the GDB were that their "plan" failed or staff squashed their "idea." Why in the world would you have only one?

I would suggest running three strong, long term pliots/goals at all times.  If one fails, adapt it or move on to another.
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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2009, 01:15:55 PM »
sticky?

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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2009, 01:40:57 PM »
Submit it as a document in the submissions area?
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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2009, 01:41:31 PM »
This guide is great and should be stickied or put on the website!
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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2009, 04:53:09 PM »
this guide isn't just for nobles or GMH agents, this gave me idea's to make a minion pc more valuable.
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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2009, 01:59:17 AM »
Awesome guide, Vanth!


4. Don't put all your eggs in one basket--diversify, have a finger in every pie. Don't put all your trust in one ally or minion.  Don't base all your hopes on one plan, and be ready for people to do unexpected things (I talked about prediction, but they're still people, and people aren't always logical). Don't get so focused on one goal that you miss other opportunities. Some people play nobles with the single-mindedness of a dwarven focus, but what's wanted in a noble is multi-mindedness. You should eventually be working on multiple 'foci' which is why you shouldn't pigeonhole your concept too much at the start, because you may block yourself from picking up some interesting ambitions in the natural course of play.


This is, IMO, probably the best piece of advice in there.  Most of the complaints I have read from the players of nobles and other leaders on the GDB were that their "plan" failed or staff squashed their "idea." Why in the world would you have only one?

I would suggest running three strong, long term pliots/goals at all times.  If one fails, adapt it or move on to another.

I do that with most of my characters, and you know what ... then I suddenly read posts about micro-managing Templars and stuff. Wah. This is how it's supposed to be, in my opinion. As long as you can actually handle this much content, arent sick of plotting (which ... happens), ... then plot.
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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2009, 02:19:51 AM »
Why isn't this a super-sekrit document for noble eyes only, though?
Because it can apply mostly to other leader-types beyond nobles?
Seems a bit too IC to me. It opens a window on noble life I'd preferred to have remained mysterious.

Although I guess each noble house has its own sekrit clan documents.
There is nothing IC in this guide.  It is teaching someone how to think like a manipulative douche-bag instead of a rampaging gortok when playing a social character.  It can apply to any social role and not just nobles.  Edit:  In fact, I think we need more social people acting like the former and fewer acting like the rather, so I applaud this being public for everyone.

Good job, Vanth.
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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2009, 08:02:53 AM »
For more advice, read this: http://www2.tech.purdue.edu/cg/Courses/cgt411/covey/48_laws_of_power.htm

Pick a few to excel at, choose a few for weaknesses, and bam, instant political character.

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« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2009, 09:21:15 AM »
Thank you for this guide.  It has already help me think of a few new things for my role I currently play.
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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2009, 03:40:26 PM »
Vanth...that was awesome. Thank you very, very much. I've always steered clear of leadership roles, but now I feel intrigued.

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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2009, 04:39:11 PM »
Makes me want to play a minion, hehe.

[edited] Correction. One of those minions that run other minions. Though, this has given me a number of ideas for the leader roles as well.
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« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2009, 04:55:43 PM »
[edited] Correction. One of those minions that run other minions. Though, this has given me a number of ideas for the leader roles as well.

Having played both sponsored leader roles (noble) and unsponsored leader roles (Sergeant), I have to say that there are far more similarities between the two than differences. Everything a noble can and should do, a Sergeant can and should too, except at a slightly less-exalted level.
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« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2009, 04:44:53 AM »
Wow. I could've used this about three months or so ago. real good stuff.
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« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2009, 10:21:59 AM »
Makes me want to play a minion, hehe.
If you have the right boss (and the right boss is someone who does everything Vanth said), playing a minion is the most enjoyable role in Armageddon. I played under Pearl (who at the time was a minion herself) and I have yet to ever have an experience that equalled it. I've seen awesome stuff, I've done crazy shit. But nothing compared to being employed by a nobleman who had Pearl as their servant.

I've played D&D a bit, and I miss being able to play a noble's servant who never uses a combat command ever.

And everything Vanth says is true. I've attempted to player nobles before, I failed horribly. Had I followed Vanth's guide, there would have been less failing. Although one thing did dishearten me a bit
Blackmail is sadly underused in Arm.
What, what what? How is blackmail underused in Arm? Has Armageddon gone and gotten soft over the years? Blackmail is classic Armageddon. If you haven't been involved in a blackmail plot, or at the very least witnessed blackmail happen, you've only cracked the surface of what is the game called Armageddon. Its like saying "elves are too friendly." If elves are friendly (as in, are acting nice and it isn't some extravagant plot to steal something from you  ;)) something's wrong.

As for this being too IC, I disagree. This advice isn't just advice for nobles. Its advice for all characters to follow to one degree or another. No, not everyone will have minions. But you should definitely have spies, "allies" and "enemies" at a bare minimum. If you haven't got any enemies yet, make yourself some pronto. If you don't have enemies, you're doing something wrong.

At least, that's this old Grognard's opinion ;) I'm sure my memories are being looked through rose-tinted glasses. But damnit, I enjoy my memories so I'm keeping them  ;)
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« Reply #32 on: December 25, 2009, 05:02:21 PM »
And everything Vanth says is true. I've attempted to player nobles before, I failed horribly. Had I followed Vanth's guide, there would have been less failing. Although one thing did dishearten me a bit
Blackmail is sadly underused in Arm.
What, what what? How is blackmail underused in Arm? Has Armageddon gone and gotten soft over the years? Blackmail is classic Armageddon. If you haven't been involved in a blackmail plot, or at the very least witnessed blackmail happen, you've only cracked the surface of what is the game called Armageddon. Its like saying "elves are too friendly." If elves are friendly (as in, are acting nice and it isn't some extravagant plot to steal something from you  ;)) something's wrong.

Hey, wait...what?  Elves can't have the same expression range of emotions that humans do?  I wholeheartedly disagree.  If I've just landed a huge amount of money from an Oashi noble, I'm going to be smiling and in a good mood.  Hell, I might even buy the other humans and elves in the bar a round of drinks, just to spread said Oash's sid around to people who'd never otherwise get to partake in it.

It's backhanded generosity, sure, and it might not be the last time that day that I'm stealing from someone, and you should be suspicious of me being "all smiles"...but don't forget that no race in our game is that pigeonholed as to never be friendly with someone to the side of them, or never be in a good mood.  That's really two dimensional.
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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2010, 10:22:30 PM »
I don't want to derail a thread about nobles, so I'm going to reply in this thread.
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« Reply #34 on: January 22, 2010, 02:42:53 AM »
Marvelous.

Made me think back a lot about the last time I was a Noble's minion. Looking back at those times with a "Vanth-ified" set of eyes, I saw a LOT of those strategies at play in how he treated my character.

Very enlightening and interesting. Very.

Edited to add: Specifically, the advice on dealing with minions seemed spot on to me. (Since I've never played a noble, and have no intention of ever doing so.) Trusting them with small things that seem important, always taking them aside to speak in private, and sharing with them little snippets of what's on your mind - these are all great ways that I've experienced nobles make an extremely loyal minion out of my PCs.
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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2010, 05:40:52 AM »
I wanted to mention that I've done all of the things you shouldn't do.  *sigh*

One day I'll play another templar/noble and do it right!  Damnit!
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Agent_137

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2010, 02:18:40 PM »
Submit it as a document in the submissions area?

I don't see this as a document under the Roleplaying Section of the website yet. It should be. Individual posts lose visibility over a very short time span.

Aldiel

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2010, 10:51:22 PM »
Wow, this is great.
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Fredd

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2013, 04:42:30 AM »
This guide would be great if there were enough players in game to be minions. meh

I dont know what else to do. I vote every day....

Honestly following this guide roughly, I've never had any sort of problems finding minions, at any time of the day I play (meaning even 4 am est, i find people I get to do my work for me)
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IssacF

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #39 on: August 02, 2013, 03:35:35 AM »
Nice guide.

If I play a noble one day I will probably be extremely manipulative, pissed off when I don't get my way like a little kid throwing a tantrum and doing weird things for kicks. I would probably play him similar to the VtR Ventrue/Toreador.

Zoan

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2013, 07:02:45 PM »
Playing a noble like Lelouch would be fun. Amazing at setting up convoluted plans, and falling to pieces when a gear jams in the great machine you built.
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Kevo

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2014, 05:51:14 PM »
I had forgotten about this guide!!

Wow. Upon rereading it, I can see what happened with some of my PC's and where I went wrong.



...am now plotting.
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Jihelu

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2015, 07:59:14 PM »

This was needed.
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amyandthepup

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Re: Vanth’s Guide to Playing a Kick-Ass Noble
« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2016, 06:16:13 PM »
I don't know if this was mentioned in earlier posts, but here's another reason why this guide is awesome, and I think should be put somewhere that's easily accessible, without wading through the forum topics:

New players. What if new players come in, not used to the twists and turns that is Armageddon intrigue, and they need some good, generic info to help get them started someday (if they ever want to play a noble)?

People who don't know how to think in that moble or leader mindset. Say you're used to being on the bottom rung in society on any given game, but your mind just is not wired to think in the ways of a noble, with his minions, lies, skemes, turning on people if it suits him?

No, this type of RP is not for everyone, but I can assure you that this guide helped me understand aspects to this type of character I never, ever would have figured out if someone hadn't told me. Explaining the finer points to a type of character is wonderful. It needs to be done for all the types of chars, in my opinion. Rinth, desert elf, Templar, etc. We need guides for each of these, in my opinion.