Pantheon is about creating powerful beings that shape reality and serve as custodians over it. They have their own origins and myths, and court mortals for worship. There are several elements to creating a God character to pantheon, and a few different ways to do it depending on the nature of the campaign the GM is running.
A few starting points for campaigns can be the following:
Gods are either chosen by some kind of over-god or merely appear in a firmament-style blank slate reality or world. It may or may not have a basic frame of natural laws or be a single planet in a universe. This is where the Gods can be responsible for the nature of their reality from the ground up. Does it follow the physical model we are familiar with? Is it an unending ocean with islands floating on it’s surface? Is it chunks of earth suspended in an atmosphere? The world is limited by the players’ imaginations and the Gods’ natures.
Note: For this kind of game, the GM may wish to allow the players to create the world with free actions until it is established, to speed things up to the interesting section. If some players oppose others in their creation goals, then actions may return to having Divinity requirements.
This is an already established world the GM has made that may or may not already have sentient mortal races living in it. The gods may be born from this reality or they may be external entities that have come here, once again either through serendipity or the workings of a powerful over-god.
Components of Reality:
A Pantheon game can have a few common components that can help the players interact with their world. The game may start with these elements, or they may be later created or discovered.
This is physical reality, and could be as similar to ours, or as fantastic as the GM and players make it. When manifested on the physical mortal plane the God can take a physical form to interact with mortals or the world. miracles can be performed locally.
The Gods may also create or find other planes in their reality. Perhaps a spiritual or astral plane where souls exist, or a magical plane, from which all magic comes from. Perhaps a dream-world that all sleeping mortals go to when they dream.
Havens are personal and communal spaces for Gods. They can be physical spaces in the Mortal Plane, or separate pocket dimensions from which the gods can oversee Creation. They can even overlap and be a little bit of both. Think of Mount Olympus, Valhalla, Heaven, Hell. the homes of the Gods, even when they are located in the mortal realm aren’t always thetherd by the same rules as the mortal realm. Haven are often used as afterlives for the souls of a God’s worshippers.
The oracle is a game device which the GM can use to help guide and alert players of interesting things going on. The oracle can also be used as an performing for affecting massive, reality-defining miracles. The oracle can often be found in an initial communal Haven for all the Gods, and can take any form, sentient or non-sentient.
What you’ll need:
To play Pantheon, there are some things you’ll need, and some things that will help make the game more fun, and easier to play..
Minimum tools you’ll need are: plenty of six sided dice, but at least 2 D6 per player, including the GM. Paper and pencils to note down your Gods, races, the world, and other elements of the game. Copies of these rules.
Other tools that can enhance the game are: a large piece of paper that can be used as a map and for taking notes. Have everyone contribute to the paper, and build the world as you play. Laptops, tablets, or other electronic information devices can be great ways of storing and editing game information about the game. Smaller cards for writing the traits of special items or NPC’s or races on for easy information access. If the game has a physical map, then the players may also have tokens or figurines to represent their gods.
Pantheon is well suited to not only playing in person with your friends but online as well. There are a few popular ways to play roleplaying games online. A chat room such as IRC is a great way to get everyone together at once and play a live session. Play by post on a forum is another way to play. Players make posts describing their actions, and responding to each other’s actions. There are also a number of sites that can be used to host campaigns or even run games with a set of handy tools.