So I’ve gotten artsy and set up Chargen for my very WiP Warlock game up as a sort of Tarot reading. Cards, suits and Arcana are native to the game world however and representative of its magic.
As it currently stands, the person doing the reading will explain what the next card will represent (eg. “This card represents the circumstances of your birth”) and the player would get to pick from several card descriptions (“The card is almost entirely black, showing a night sky dusted with specks of starlight. Two larger white circles sit in its center like twin moons… or a pair of cold eyes staring out of the darkness.”). The only information the player would have is that white circles represent the suit Marrow which deals with intellectual matters, the rest they’d have to figure from the image. Only upon selecting the card would they get an explanation of its exact meaning (“Marrow Two. You are of two minds, born as you were under not one but two stars. Was it the changing of the seasons? An equinox? Whatever it was, you belong to two worlds and both have marked you as theirs.” This particular card would result in even boosts to the ‘Marrow’ and ‘Ichor’ Domains of Magic (Ichor representing emotions/urges and having a spiritual component)).
This is obviously done for flavour and immersion. I realize the CYO/IF crowd is a multi-headed beast and you won’t be able to please everyone. I’d just like to get some community input on whether this is too vague. The protagonist could as easily know the cards and at least intuit their meaning though that might cause a lot of redundancy when the person doing the reading does their bit of exposition. And I’d be sorely tempted to have the protagonist misinterpret the occasional card.
The minmaxers will log the results of each choice anyway, though not all will have tangible stat results. Some cards will unlock vignettes or entire side plots further along in the game. Not having a good idea should encourage players to pick what they think is cool and run with it (and in a pinch they can stick with a single suit and have a specialized character who can at least complete the game).
So, help me out here gang. Do you think that’s over the line as far as vagueness goes?