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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Monday (8/9/10) 5:03pm - ... wherein Peter plays Fiasco.

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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (8/10/10) 7:57am
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Is there space work, or are you all sitting around the table the entire time?

It varies, I suppose.  If you're in a LARP, or you're doing a haunted-house/RPG hybrid like True Dungeon, then yes, there's space work out the wazoo.  In this game, we sat around the table the whole time.  Space work only showed up unconsciously -- like when I narrated Ms. Cho handing over the diamonds, I'm sure I absently mimed handing over a bag.  Oh, and I think there were some scenes where we added bits of space work just to clarify what was going on, if it was a tricky physical action.

Do you jump between playing the character and narrating your own actions?

I think different people have different play styles.  I think Marc, for example, stayed in character through most of his scenes, dropping out of dialog only to narrate his actions.  I tend to act much more like I'm in a writers' room, floating lots of suggestions to the group about how the scene could go before deciding what happens next; explaining why, structurally, I think a scene should go a certain way and then working from those generalities to what's actually going on; and only dropping in enough in-character dialog to give the other players a notion of how the conversation is going.
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From:happywaffle
Date:Tuesday (8/10/10) 7:59am
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Cool, good to know. I was excited to get a game-night invite from Marc, then sad I was going to be in Ireland. Hopefully I can do one of these in person at some point.
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From:majcher
Date:Tuesday (8/10/10) 1:12pm
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I also tend to use "director hands" when describing a scene: doing the creating a frame with thumbs and index fingers thing to show where the focus moves, describing the pull-backs and close-ups and montages and stuff physically, because words are hard and stuff.

Also, remember - if you're standing up, you're LARPing. ;)
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From:hujhax
Date:Tuesday (8/10/10) 1:16pm
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Also, remember - if you're standing up, you're LARPing. ;)

Corollary:  if you haven't brought enough chairs for your RPG, it becomes a LARP.
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