What Happened to the Theater
A downloadable game
“One and all keep us guessing
What the heck they're expressing…”
Live action role playing is often as much performance as it is gaming. This game is designed to bring the two closer together.
The game itself is meant to be put on as a miniature, improvisational play. But unlike typical theater, the game is not meant to tell the whole of a story. Rather, the goal is to tell, to show, what that story looks like experienced through the eyes of the different characters, all of whom are on the outside of the principal narrative.
The characters themselves, over-the-top caricatures drawn from Commedia Dell’Arte are not part of the main plot at all. No one will play the Rich Uncle, or the Scheming Mama, or the Crafty Merchant. Rather, the players are people on the periphery, who have watched the story move forward and are reacting to it.
The story is built in the absence of the key players, through the ways the player characters respond to them.
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In the spirit of valuing the creative labor of game writing, I am choosing to charge for my games rather than list them as pay what you want.
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