15 April, 2018

Ideas for writing things in Diaries

Here's a few of my scattered accumulated thoughts for this project...

Draw three cards.
If you drew more red cards than black, use this list to prompt today's response.
(The lowest card determines the rank question.)
A - What do you want most?
2 - What is stopping you getting it?
3 - What else do you want?
4 - What is stopping you getting it?
5 - What won't you sacrifice to reach your goals?
6 - What might you sacrifice to reach your goals?
7 - What will you sacrifice to reach your goals?
8 - What have you sacrificed already?
9 - What do you want people to know about you?
10 - What don't you want people to know about you?
Face - What dream did you have last night? (Add the red joker, if not already present in the deck)

If you drew more black cards than red, use this list to prompt today's response.
(The lowest card determines the rank question.)
A - Who do you like most?
2 - Who do you like least?
3 - Who do you respect?
4 - Who do you owe a favour to?
5 - Who owes you a favour?
6 - What do most people know you for?
7 - What do your friends know you for?
8 - What does your family know you for?
9 - ?
10 - ?
Face - What strangeness did you see today? (Add the black joker, if not already present in the deck).

(Note that the red card question list is more internalized, while the black card question list is more external.)

Have you previously answered this question?
  No. Then include the answer to this question in today's entry.
  Yes. Then consider the suit...
    ♥️ - What emotion does this make you feel?
    ♠️ - What disadvantage has come into your life today as a result of this?
    ♦️ - What advantage has come into your life today as a result of this?
    ♣️ - How has this come into conflict with what you discussed yesterday?

Other Questions in mind...
 How can the most recent person you wrote about help with the most recent goal you wrote about?
What have you done today to gain an edge over the most significant person in your life?
What is the greatest advantage you have over the people around you?
What other advantage do you have over people?
What disadvantage do you face compared to the people around you?
What other disadvantage do you have compared to other people?

Pick a template (where certain templates will provide ideas for the following categories,  or may provide restrictions on how high or low certain values must be).

Timetable
  1  three full days or six half days of commitments/obligations
  2  two full days or four half days of commitments/obligations
  3  one day or two half days of commitments/obligations
  4  no restrictions on time
(Examples of commitments/obligations: college classes, job shift, parole officer meeting, sports training, religious observance, regular date night, etc. Consider what might go wrong if you are unable to attend this event. Once will cause a minor issue, more times missing the event will cause major issue.)   

Resources
  1  adequate
  2  comfortable
  3  wealthy
  4  rich
(Resources might be spent temporarily to overcome minor issues, to acquire a stockpile of certain possessions as a quirk, buy up your status, or other storyline effects).

Relations
  1  2 friends / 4 enemies
  2  3 friends / 3 enemies
  3  4 friends / 2 enemies
  4  5 friends / 1 enemy
(Everyone starts with 6 people in their lives, these may be people in their circle of friends, classmates, family members, neighbours, sporting team mates, work colleagues, old friends from school, or something else, they will be described over the course of play and will often have their own goals and abilities)

Status
  1 Outsider / Accepted by a specific subculture
  2 Generally Accepted / Well known in a specific subculture
  3 Known / A prominent member of a specific subculture
  4 Famous or Infamous / Considered a leader in specific subculture
(This is generally how accepted you are in the wider community, and your level of prestige within a more specific subculture. It allows you access to favours you might not be able to accomplish on your own, but calling on them may reduce your status)

Quirks
  1  2 useful abilities
  2  3 useful abilities
  3  4 useful abilities
  4  5 useful abilities
(These are abilities you can perform on your own, but if you use them too often, people will learn your tricks and learn to work around them, or might start seeing you as odd for doing things on your own and not being sociable).

The sixth category
I think I need a sixth defining category, mostly for symmetry, where characters will be created by distributing a 1, two 2s, two 3s, and a 4 between the six options.

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