Posted 03 August 2011 - 08:20 PM
The Ritual of Registration
From ADoS on SV
I really liked the actual ritual, as short as it was. The cameos, however, were half-assed and boring, and I think something like the Registration Demon deserves a bit more effort on the part of the designer. The scenario would have been better without the cameos, because I felt compelled to talk to them as a Spidweb game regular, and yet although I knew the people, actually talking to them was dull, so even for someone in the community it fell flat. What would have been better than the scenario as it is minus the cameos and totally extraneous outdoors, however, would have been a more developed scenario with a more developed ritual, and more developed cameos.
By "more developed cameos", try comparing these cameos to the cameos in "Inn of Blades", a TM BoE scenario featuring cameos from mostly long-gone community members. I played IoB before I knew who any of the cameos actually were, yet they actually made sense as characters in the context of the scenario as well, so recognizing the people was more of an added bonus, rather than a requirement.
All in all, it was disappointing, as Acky said, but I wouldn't get depressed over it.
I rate The Ritual of Registration as poor SUBSTANDARD.
EDIT: Thought about it more. If you ignore the cameos, which (apparently) are only not a waste of time if you're actually one of them, the actual ritual was nice, if a bit too short and simple, and I edited my score to reflect that. I liked the first part and I liked the design of the demon encounter as it was, without the graphical frills that some people have suggested. I rate a thoroughly mediocre yet mostly functional scenario as substandard. This is better than that.