Scorebots! (Sinister RPG)
Sinister RPG is the newest in the line of games developed for Third Eye Games. For this one, you get to come along for the ride.
This week I’ve been thinking about what it means to “prove your worth to Cloud Nation”. I mean, if the trainers are fighting for their shot upstairs, there’s got to be a way for them to show that they’ve earned it. That is where the Scorebots come into play.
These powerful machines were the ones that brought Cloud Nation’s challenge to the surface world, speaking with voices that boomed like loud megaphones. Their purpose is easy… they distribute chips that are integrated into the trainers gloves. When one trainer wins above another, their glove records it, tracking everyone they have won against, as well as everyone that their opponent won against as well. They can then return to the Scorebot (sketch provided) periodically to have their glove scanned in order to turn in their numbers and be considered for moving up.
What this introduces into the game is a way to codify what it actually takes to possibly get to Cloud Nation. It also adds a new element of “is there a way I can take these wins in an underhanded way?”. While most trainers wouldn’t even think of this, due to the small number of humans in the world, more ruthless characters may set traps to ensure it is easier for them to win. That would make accepting fights outside of major cities with Scorebots to oversee a little trickier and a lot riskier.
I’m working creating some sort of Wins mechanic. The more wins you have, the more you’ll be challenged by others hoping to gain renown by defeating you. If you keep losing, though, others won’t even bother with you. Cloud Nation may even reward a high number of Wins with new gear or access to special monsters. Who knows.. I’m still playing with this.
The fun part about this is that the Scorebot itself will likely be the strongest (if not one of the strongest) things in the game. They’ve been equipped with vaporizing cannons and the like to ensure no one tampers with them and can smash even the best trainer in the ground. They are there to observe and report, however, so no trainer need fear them unless they try something funny.
Happy Veterans Day!
Until next time.