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I Am Paul Tevis

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LONDON – I am in London and safely enfolded in the fine abode of simonjrogers. Naturally the flight was filled by spectacular coughers. Let's hope that goes well.

Last night I sat in on Simon's Wednesday night let's-try-an-indie-game group for a session of ptevis' A Penny For My Thoughts. The game follows the common indie approach of asking a GM-less group to weave a story in response to a very specific and detailed series of rules structures. We experienced some confusion in identifying and following the structure. It might have benefited us to more strongly bring to mind the game's fictional framework of its memory-challenged group therapy session. I'm afraid we treated it in a rather power-gamey fashion, spotting and ruthlessly exploiting the system's incentives. We also ran with more than the recommended number of players. The screw-you factor ran high as a variety of ribald, crazy backstories were gradually unveiled for its amnesiac characters. A rare safe-for-work example would be my character, who turned out to be podcaster Paul Tevis, designer of an indie game called A Penny For My Thoughts.

I've slept in either impressively or disgracefully, depending on one's perspective on jet lag. Off to some truncated London explorations...

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