The second game was, in my opinion, an even greater success. Together we thought up a game about a group of high school misfits ("The Misfits" ended up become something of a group title) who banded together to try to use dark magics to take over the school. I played as Jaime Scott, an attractive and talented artist, who nonetheless remained a nobody due to his lack of confidence. Looking through the skins, Witch seemed like the obvious choice, but in the end I went with a Mortal with "Downward Spiral." We decided together that "Gazing into the Abyss" was a rare talent itself, and that the Misfits needed Jaime to do it for them for their plans to work, even though it resulted in Jaime getting hurt and drained.
We decided to take things a step further with the "basing NPCs on unused playbooks." We started off with just a few, detailing their back-stories and the like, but found this so much fun that we ended up using all of them. We didn't really bother keeping track of NPC's strings on other NPCs (that seemed a bit silly), but we did use them as inspiration for how the students interacted with one another. This created a unique web of relationships. For example, Jaime had a huge crush on one of the most popular cheerleaders, Kiyomi, the Fae. However, Renee, the cheerleading captain and Queen, found Kiyomi threatening and had a lot of pull over her and conspired to use Kiyomi's connection to Jaime to bring down her popularity.
Some of my favorite characters from this game included:
-Kara, Jaime's ghostly best friend, who is always there for him and really wants him to notice her, but he's always too concerned with Kiyomi to care. I had a lot of fun "accidentally" turning her on at various points.
-The Twins, Scarlet and Clarity, who were once one person until they were brutally murdered by Kara's killer, and their parents--a sorcerer and scientist--resurrected them as two separate entities. They were both uniquely self-destructive, with Scarlet constantly picking fights and Clarity being a cutter. They both ended up with a crush on Jaime, who was one of the only people who accepted them and treated them as individuals. I suspect when we play again that this will lead to some major sibling rivalry. Scarlet was based on the Ghoul, and Clarity on the Hollow.
Overall, a great and somewhat disturbing time was had by all.