Here's our play experience with Ola's Compact Stories, which is well-timed considering our recently-concluded season of Primetime Adventures. It's a chance to perceive precisely what distinguishes his design, and for him to see what to dial down or to dial up inside it.
It's a continuation of the consulting seen in How "right now" turns into "what happened", and the embedded video is in the same playlist, but if I had to choose one Adept Play thing which goes with this session, it is Monday Lab 3: Boiling Pitch.
We were using Miro as a play-table, and my plan to use screen images as part of the video just didn't pan out. It's not that I had any technical problems, it's a matter of effort and time. So some of the recording presented here is blacked out, for portions which would have been reversed or incomprehensible.
I'm going to ask Ola for some of the things I missed or didn't recall fully, but as far as I can tell, we came up with:
- The Weird West
- Max's character (associated with the Ancient Indian Burial Ground and the Wendigo): a hungry grave-robber, also a servant of one of the other characters
- Helma's character (associated with the Ghost Town and the Secret Agent): a confused journalist, intuitive (there's more going on with her but I don't recall)
- My character (associated with Sacrifice and the Lone Gunman): a devout gunslinger, seeking to sacrifice everything to control a mystic being
- We're drawn together by a collective curse, we're conducting a seance at the Ghost Town, and we seek (or the story is "about") solving a murder.
I recommend seeing how these elements were chosen or determined, in what order, and to what extent they were independently derived or riffed from what someone else had just done.