Inside Godhood 02: Your Disciples

RickSo

Abbey Games Developer
Developer
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In Inside Godhood, we’ll take a deep dive in our upcoming god game: Godhood.
One of the Abbey Games monks will walk you through some of the great things you’re going to be doing in Godhood.

This time we'll talk about your Disciples.

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Hi young gods, Rick here again!

Your Godhood deity is not all-powerful. You’re an idea that exists within people.
As such, you affect the world through your Worshippers and your Disciples.

Worshippers form the masses that, in their prayers, raise your God Level and increase your power.
Converting new Worshippers to your religion is one of your primary goals in Godhood.

The ones to do so are the Disciples.
These powerful apostles are skilled in the Sacrament: a ritual conflict between two religions that determines which God is strongest!
Victory grants many rewards, including (freshly converted!) Worshippers.

While Worshippers are a useful resource, each Disciple is a unique hero of your faith.
Each has their own Class, a Disciple Level to advance, and a number of Abilities & Traits.
Your religion can support around 6 or 7 Disciples at a time.

Several Worshippers cheering on a resting Disciple.
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Marala, a Disciple from my game, is a talented Rage Prophet that harnesses the power of pure pagan rage to punish her enemies.
Since she has the Warmonger Trait, she prays to me for opportunities to trash her enemies, and tends to get into fistfights (very sacred ones!) with my other Disciples.

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UI & Game art in development
Cipac, another one of my Disciples, is a mystical Weaver. Able to affect the dreams of others, I had him specialize in causing his enemies crippling nightmares. However, due to my overreliance on his abilities he’s become exhausted and is prone to falling asleep himself.

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UI & Game art in development

Disciples level up and develop their abilities by participating in the Sacrament and performing Rituals in your honor.
However, each Disciple has a Mind of their own, and are not in your direct control.
Disciples make their own decisions on how to best spend their days, develop their abilities and act in the Sacrament.

You, as their god, can inspire your Disciples into taking actions of your choosing.
Still, sometimes it’s just easier to ignore the booming voice from the heavens telling you what to do!
Disciples of low Faith have a high chance of doing exactly that: they might simply disregard your inspirations... or even act against you!

There's a number of ways to avoid this, the main one is to take heed of a Disciples’ Prayers: requests of their God.
Marala often prays for glorious victory in a Sacrament, while Cipac prayed for permission to take a well-deserved rest.
One wonders what a Lustful Disciple might pray for...

Be sure to listen to Disciples' Prayers and secure victory in Sacraments to keep them of high Faith, so they'll take heed of your inspirations.
(We'll go more in-depth on the Mind and inspiring Disciples in later editions of Inside Godhood!)


Your Disciples will have many more exciting classes, abilities and traits to discover and combine into unique door-kicking missionaries.
We'll be revealing many of these during the Kickstarter, so keep an eye out!

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And that’s it!
What sort of Disciples will lead your religion to greatness?
Trust me, you’re going to need a Rage Prophet to go with that War Commandment. Let us know in the comments!

The latest gameplay trailer can be found over on our Youtube Channel, or up on the Steam page, which also has a bunch more screenshots.
Wishlisting the game would help us a ton. :) And if you'd like to keep up to date on Godhood, consider joining our mailing list.

Got questions?
If you have any questions or insights in Your Disciples or next time's topic, The Sacrament, let us know in the comments!
We'll do our best to answer them in a reply or the next Inside Godhood.

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Next Inside Godhood, January 9th, we'll talk about...

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Victory will prove your greatness!
 

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This looks promising, thanks for keeping us up to date :)
I've got a question though: Is it possible to customize your disciples? For example, giving them a custom name, outfit and maybe some special cosmetics when they become more and more experienced?
 

RickSo

Abbey Games Developer
Developer
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This looks promising, thanks for keeping us up to date :)
I've got a question though: Is it possible to customize your disciples? For example, giving them a custom name, outfit and maybe some special cosmetics when they become more and more experienced?
Hi Shylock! Short answer: absolutely! Customization of Disciples is totally open to you, the player. The costume of a Disciples is determined by their class, but you're able to change their colors, eyes, bodytype, gender and a bunch more to whatever you feel fits.
 
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I wonder how the leveling system works with the abilities & traits for the disciples, like is it you level up your disciple and then they get a trait or ability that can then level up itself or are they like the abilities in renowned explorers where as they level up they just get new abilities that can't really be upgraded. Because if its the first one then it would be really cool to have some disciples that do only one thing really well and another that is more of a jack of all trades where it has many abilities that aren't powerful.
 

RickSo

Abbey Games Developer
Developer
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I wonder how the leveling system works with the abilities & traits for the disciples
Hey Zondalf! It's something in the middle of your two scenarios. Please take a look at the next Inside Godhood, The Sacrament.
I'll go into a little bit more detail from that article.

When gaining Abilities you immediately set them in slots in the Disciples' Mind.
As a player, you are totally empowered to place an Ability in the Mind multiple times: ensuring a Disciple will perform the Ability more often.

Through this system, a Disciple with a number of different Abilities on their Mind will be more of a jack-of-all-trades: capable of doing many different things, but also not entirely reliable on what it is they'll actually do. Disciples with a more focussed Mind with only 2 or 3 Abilities slotted multiple times, will have less possible actions to perform but are a lot more reliable.
As Disciples level up they also gain access to more powerful Abilities to slot in.

I hope that clears some things up!
 
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