Social media has turned into a game of dodge the 200 Word RPG Challenge entry, so I haven’t been online quite as much. Judging begins on April 26th (Wednesday), so I’ll probably release Issue 2 of Machineries of Joy on Monday or Tuesday. It’s on roleplaying games from the Nørwegian Surreal and includes work from the following array of wonderful people:
Ole Peder Giæver
Something is living in our dreams. We discover the Mnemosite in childhood, learn more during our youth, first meet as the Society of Dreamers as adults, then weave the facts of the story together before learning the eventual fates of both the characters and the Mnemosite. We are the dreamers who live in the dream.
Technique: scenes are framed by each of the players in turn, prompted by one of nine results blindly decided by the other players’ engagement with a bespoke Ouija board.
Playstyle: Nordic Dreaming; listen, don’t block, no need to complain or explain, everyone is equal.
This game may contain mature themes.
We’ll use an X-Card to moderate content anyone at the table finds uncomfortable – perfect for a weird, fast-moving narrative in which anything can happen. You just tap the X-Card whenever something you’d prefer wasn’t in the game arises and that’s it: no explanation necessary. It’s a way of being considerate without interrupting the flow of the game.
Art is arriving from the good and kind people that I know for the second issue of the fanzine Machineries of Joy – this one is on the Nørwegian Surreal – and it is wonderful.
The collage in the main image is by John Rose and is called City of Eyes.
Above and below is a small selection of the beautiful images provided by artist Jeanette McCulloch to illustrate a conversation about Matthijs Holter’s game-in-development Draug II. I sent Jeanette some of the setting material for Matthijs’s game and it turns out she has an intuitive grasp of the way a game like this exchanges and interrelates the inner truth and outer reality of the natural world.
Paintings appeared in our game of The Society of Dreamers that granted access to dimensions of creativity deeper and more dangerous than anyone involved might ever have imagined.
I’m more convinced than ever that people possess a natural inclination toward storytelling and that they simply need permission and encouragement to do so effectively. The various delineations of roleplaying games – mainstream, story game, OSR, what-have-you – are more a matter of stress than of difference and directed toward assuaging anxieties about how the game-experience might play out. Games from the Nørwegian Surreal – Itras By, The Society of Dreamers, the new version of Draug that is forthcoming – are particularly great at granting each person playing full creative reign without impeding the overall creative agenda of the game.