Here’s to participation, as this was the biggest attendance yet for a Monday Lab, and I really liked it. Everyone had a chance to chip in, and if we didn’t discover any One True Answer, well, some reasonable questions were unearthed.
It’s tough to discuss long-term play without either idealizing it as role-playing’s most-sought goal or bemoaning unhappy play that never ends. I wanted to focus on those times when play turns out to be long-term in a motivated fashion, and the usual claims of “scheduling” and “so many obligations” don’t seem to apply. Whether this was planned, hoped-for, expected, or managed is another issue.
I apologize for the sound issues. Robbie’s input was a bit underwater-sounding, and some breathing was amplified too. These are a lot more distracting on the recording than I remembered them being for me during the event. I think that’s probably because I’m cognitively focused on the interactions and people, so I compensate for these things mentally and don’t realize what they’ll be like in production. I think I might elect a participant to play that role so we can stop and fix things like that for later events.