So. Tomorrow is game night, and for the first time I want to try my hand at some Fronts. As usual, I turn to you guys for advice.
My single campaign front at the moment is embarrassingly cliché, but still fun for us as first-timers: the lizard priest cult wants to bring the blood god Groth back into the world. So the doom is “usurpation”, and the grim portents are obvious, I think: 1) find a victim (cult already did this), 2) find magical battery doohickey for ritual (heroes thwarted this first time around), 3) perform equinox ritual, 4) Groth manifests into victim’s body, 5) the world burns.
First question: I suspect that the Abbot of the cult is secretly plotting to subjugate Groth once he manifests, so that he (the Abbot) will become the true ruler of the world. Would I best represent that as an additional Danger in the campaign front, or is it better to turn that into its own Front once the manifestation Front is complete?
Next, I need to translate the ongoing story-so-far into a couple of adventure fronts, and that is causing me a bit of a headache. Is the big bad forest that the heroes have already passed through once and which has various monsters and dangers inside it a Front of its own, or is it a Danger in the scope of a larger “return the kidnapped girl to her parents before she gets sacrificed” Front?
Is the imminent arrival at the abbey of two surviving lizard priests from an earlier encounter a couple of sessions ago a grim portent in the “Groth usurpation” campaign front? Or is it also a Danger/Portent in the aforementioned “Kidnap rescue” adventure front? Or is it maybe its own Adventure Front?
The Abbot is also trying to get the heroes to retrieve the battery doohickey for him (they’re on to him, but playing along for now), and some of the monks in the monastery are suspicious of the Abott and have asked the heroes to help them uncover the truth. (The heroes have so far not followed up on that request.) I am having trouble placing events like these (which just arose naturally on the spot during game play) in a Front.
I understand that the beauty of Fronts is that they are just flexible groupings of ideas that are allowed and expected to move from one grouping to the other, so I suspect there’s not real One True Way of answering my questions, but I’m nevertheless curious: do you have any guidelines or rules of thumb for how and where you incorporate events such as the ones I mentioned above into your Fronts?
As always, many many thanks in advance for your feedback!