Archive for September, 2010
Just this: A story from the Onion about the religious punishment of stoning in Iran. Told from the point of view of a man throwing the stones, the back-handed ha-ha-only-serious cynicism of a standard Onion story gives way to something eerily touching. It’s the apotheosis of gritty satire—reminding us of how every one of us dies a little when barbarism and tyranny pretend to be religion.
So, it’s been quite some time since my last post. Busy busy, as they say. See the new infrequent posts page for info.
Anyway, I’m about to be involved with a social anxiety workgroup at my local hospital, and because they’re always looking for fun socially-oriented activities to do, I suggested some role-playing. To stay topical (at least during official time), we needed a game that was itself “about” social anxiety in some way. It also has to be learned and played in a single two hour session, by people of all ages (late teens to 70′s) who have no experience with RPG’s as a hobby.
I figured I’d be designing something myself, or heavily modifying something. I asked around at the Forge, and got some good answers as to some games that involved some level of interpersonal anxiety, which could be used for inspiration. Looks like I’ll be trying to get my hands on My Life With Master ASAP.
In the meantime, I started brainstorming for ideas. This is unlike any game I’ve tinkered with before, but in some ways it’s really nice to work on something outside my normal niche. (continue reading…)