“What game created your most elaborate relationship map? How much of it did you actually use?”
Back in 2006, I ran “Fires Over Omac”, a demo for Burning Empires at Chicago Gameday. You can see a snippet of the map at the bottom of the attached pic; that’s all the evidence I have left. As you can see, BWHQ knows how to design demos where everyone is so tightly connected that shit’s gonna ‘splode before the one-shot is done. I absolutely used all of this for the demo.
(The whiteboard above the map is the Firefight we had at the end of the game.)
Granted, this was me trying to map out the relationships presented in the scenario, so I could have overdone it. I’d honestly never missed with r-maps before this.
And, well, I haven’t used them much since. I know! I suck! I just have yet to really grok them, as I don’t know that I’ve been playing a whole lot of games that really rely on them (or I was just unaware how helpful they’d be for a given game).
Any tips? How can I practice my r-map skills? Anything more insightful than “play”?