There are several criteria for measuring success in Inferno. Which you
will judge as the most important is up to you: here's a brief summary of
- Sinister – the indicator of your seniority within your House.
Means slightly different to members of different Houses, but in general
you will gain Sinister from doing what your House wishes, forwarding its
aims and so on. Some Houses are amenable to being sucked up to, others
demand more concrete evidence of success. Everyone starts with the same
Sinister, and gaining it faster than your Housemates has the added advantage
that you gain authority over them – which they may or may not wish to
respect, of course.
- Status – the indicator of your social rank. Initial Status
is one of the nine basic character stats: changing it is rather difficult,
particularly in the entrenched societies of Western Europe. A character
with low initial Status who manages to make his or her way up to the higher
echelons of society has truly achieved something.
- Influence – the indicator of your raw power in society at large.
Includes positions of authority, the ear of the mighty, spending power
and so on. It is assessed by the Libran Calculation Engines, which are
claimed to be infallible and omniscient. Some characters will start the
game with more Influence than others. Note that some of a character's Influence
may be hidden to the world, and even to the members of the Inferno Club,
but not necessarily to the Libran Calculation Engines.
- Prestige – the indicator of the respect in which you are held
by the Inferno Club in general. This too is assessed by the Libran Calculation
Engines, and it is totally determined by the relative success or failure
of your plans – taking into account their ambition. It is essentially
a measure of how effective you are as an Inferno member.
All four of these measures above are apparent within the game – that
is, the characters are told them. Finally, though, there is a purely out-of-game
measure, which you are told as a player but which has no meaning to your
- Victory Points – this is what will determine who has won the
game, when it finishes. Victory Points are allocated by a set of secret
criteria related to the completion of plot – what this is all about will
become apparent during the course of the game!
To play in Inferno, just send GBP 10.00 to cover your
setup and first three turns. Further turns are GBP 3.00 each. Please make
cheques payable to Undying King Games. You will receive a copy of the rules,
huge wodges of background material, and advice on how to create a character.
Like all our games, Inferno can be played by post or by email,
as you find convenient.
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