It is pure pleasure both to play with and to converse with Simon Pettersson, with the added benefit of his help & guidance during my first visit to Lincon last month. Patrons already got to read about my adventures with sleeping quarters there, so if you want anecdotes and details, that’s the way.
When I started Adept Play, I decided upon a few games that would be general ice-breakers, ways to connect with new people, and more-or-less signature experiences for the site. One is obviously The Pool, showcased at Lincon recently, and another is Sorcerer, which was less by choice than by umpty-ump people asking to play it during the last couple of years, and one (which I led with if you look in the older posts) is Cold Soldier, by Bret Gillan. The linked document is my rewrite of his rules (by permission), which I have at readiness whenever I travel anywhere with role-playing in mind.
So, Simon and I played Cold Soldier, which I didn’t record, but we enjoyed a reflection session recently, he being kind enough to donate some time during his vacation to Brazil. Not suprisingly, it’s technically Actual Play but easily qualifies for Seminar status as well, as it’s practically a master-class in design and play thinking.
For a bit of perspective, Simon chose Vengeful God and I chose The Past, specifying a flat thousand years ago in the very spot we occupied at the moment in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden. Viking + more Viking, if you want to know. Our discussion doesn’t tell you much about the events, so I will summarize that Old Norse Hela does not take kindly to the Christianizing of the Nordic lands, and she is establishing the realm of Hel right on the land itself, take no prisoners, do not pass Go, and no discussion required. The discussion is pretty clear about the mechanics that fed into what happened.
I’d like to see a lot of feedback on this conversation. It’s one of the strongest, moment by moment, that I’ve enjoyed throughout all these years.