Sunlit Water

June 9, 2007

Let’s Play A Game

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 2:04 am

A few months back, we were discussing this game over at AWB’s place and talking about how we should play it.  We never got around to it then, but I recently brought up the subject again and AWB said she was still interested, so I set up a wiki.  If anyone would like to play, please let me know this weekend.  I’d like to start with the first turn on Monday.

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  1. I do want to play! I’m just quite offline right now, and will be until the middle of next week. Can we start next week sometime?

    Comment by A White Bear — June 10, 2007 @ 2:11 pm |Reply

  2. That would be fine. Let me know when you’re ready.

    Comment by teofilo — June 10, 2007 @ 3:08 pm |Reply

  3. I want to play!

    I’d like to start with the first turn on Monday.

    Don’t we all go simultaneously?

    Comment by heebie-geebie — June 10, 2007 @ 3:17 pm |Reply

  4. Or maybe not, because simultaneous entries could really be nonsensical.

    Comment by heebie-geebie — June 10, 2007 @ 3:18 pm |Reply

  5. Each letter is one turn, usually one day, within which everyone goes simultaneously.

    Comment by teofilo — June 10, 2007 @ 3:20 pm |Reply

  6. Fantastic. Are we starting today or holding for AWB?

    Comment by snarkout — June 11, 2007 @ 6:14 am |Reply

  7. Excellent, me too! Though we’ll be out of town Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 — that shouldn’t really be a problem, should it?

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub — June 11, 2007 @ 6:17 am |Reply

  8. Oh yeah, I’ll be out that same weekend for a wedding.

    Comment by heebie-geebie — June 11, 2007 @ 6:36 am |Reply

  9. I could pre-write or post-write articles for the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, but it occurs to me also that I will be gone on July 13 and onward, so if we started in time to avoid running up against that, it would be ideal for me.

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub — June 11, 2007 @ 6:38 am |Reply

  10. (Snarkout could post things on my behalf at the end, though.)

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub — June 11, 2007 @ 6:39 am |Reply

  11. Teo, are you doing this as an exercise in Borgesian encyclopedia fun, or would you like us to actually adopt persnickity personae?

    Comment by snarkout — June 11, 2007 @ 7:12 am |Reply

  12. Personally I prefer to see it as Borgesian encyclopedia fun, but I won’t object to persnickity personae if anyone wants to adopt them. Most of the previous games I’ve seen seem to get really involved in the role-playing aspects (which is only natural since they’re mainly by RPG people), but I’d prefer to focus more on the scholarship and less on the scholars.

    I think we’ll wait a few days for AWB. If a lot of people are going to be gone the weekend of the 22nd we could take a break then.

    Comment by teofilo — June 11, 2007 @ 2:47 pm |Reply

  13. I’m kind of excessively excited about this.

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub — June 12, 2007 @ 8:00 am |Reply

  14. I don’t know the difference between the two options discussed in 11 and 12.

    Comment by heebie-geebie — June 12, 2007 @ 10:22 am |Reply

  15. The idea is that in the first option, we would spend a significant amount of effort on enacting the personalities and quirks of the fictional scholars of Targhandism, in whose voices we will be writing the Lexicon entries. The other option is to focus our attention almost entirely on the entries themselves, not really caring about developing the scholar characters.

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub — June 12, 2007 @ 12:25 pm |Reply

  16. Right. Most previous games of Lexicon have adopted the first approach, since they have largely been played by players of role-playing games, often to provide background for the fictional worlds in which various RPGs take place. This seems to be what Neel Krishnaswami (the inventor of the game) had in mind as well, as you can see from the post of his that I linked in this post; he says that “each player takes on the role of a scholar, from before scholarly pursuits became professionalized (or possibly after they ceased to be). You are cranky, opinionated, prejudiced and eccentric.” He even describes the game explicitly as an RPG.

    Personally, I’m not really into RPGs, and what interests me about this game is mostly the idea of acting out the conventions of scholarship in a fictional context. I would prefer to focus more on the content of the articles themselves, then, rather than the personalities of the characters writing them, although ultimately this is of course all up to the individual players to decide.

    Comment by teofilo — June 12, 2007 @ 3:45 pm |Reply

  17. Allow me to express interest as well.

    I actually think that adding scholarly rivalries to the mix wouldn’t half hurt, but then, I’m also confident that that needn’t be explicitly designed into the game, especially since none of you cranks has mastered the relevant material (whatever it turns out to be) half as well as I have.

    Comment by ben wolfson — June 12, 2007 @ 10:11 pm |Reply

  18. Any ideas for the topic of erudition?

    Comment by ben wolfson — June 12, 2007 @ 10:13 pm |Reply

  19. I actually think that adding scholarly rivalries to the mix wouldn’t half hurt, but then, I’m also confident that that needn’t be explicitly designed into the game

    I agree.

    Any ideas for the topic of erudition?

    Yes. (See the last section.)

    Comment by teofilo — June 12, 2007 @ 10:36 pm |Reply

  20. Well that’s, uh, hmm. I take it play has not yet begun.

    Comment by ben wolfson — June 13, 2007 @ 12:21 am |Reply

  21. Yes, we’re waiting for AWB. She apparently now has reliable home internet access, so we’ll probably start by the end of the week.

    Comment by teofilo — June 13, 2007 @ 12:29 am |Reply

  22. This looks like fun. I will be following the game with interest.

    Comment by NickS — June 13, 2007 @ 6:13 pm |Reply

  23. Do we get > 1 day per letter? 26 days straight might be kinda time consuming. (YES, I’M UP TO THE CHALLENGE. I’m just worried that you all wouldn’t be able to keep up.)

    Comment by heebie-geebie — June 13, 2007 @ 9:35 pm |Reply

  24. The plan right now is for one day per letter. We’ll probably take some breaks (such as that weekend when everyone’s apparently going to be gone), and we may slow down the pace if it gets to feel too fast.

    Comment by teofilo — June 13, 2007 @ 10:17 pm |Reply

  25. Turns are to be sent to you, Teo?

    Comment by snarkout — June 14, 2007 @ 9:44 am |Reply

  26. No, I’ll e-mail you all with a link that’ll let you edit the wiki directly.

    Comment by teofilo — June 14, 2007 @ 2:43 pm |Reply


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