In a few weeks I’ll be running a mini-campaign of Apocalypse World. It’s a slightly unusual setup: the four of us (three PCs) have rented a 100-year-old five-person boat, permanently moored on a river in Belgium, and we plan to play six sessions over the course of three days while holed up inside this boat. (Think like a large caravan or mobile home, but mostly made of wood and brass and with low ceilings that I suspect will send me home with lots of bruises.)
So far we’ve done two fairly standard session zeroes by Skype, one to discuss tone and expectations and introduce the game, and the second for character generation and the light worldbuilding that follows from that. So far I think we are all on the same page in what we expect – the players seem excited and hoping for an intense and memorable experience.
My plan so far is to hit the ground running with session 1 on the first evening – I have some opening framing in mind – and thereafter do what AW does best, follow the characters around, and follow the fiction. The aim is to finish a complete ‘arc’ (whatever that means) in 6 sessions.
So… I have plenty of PbtA experience, but mostly in laid-back weekly games, the kind where you can write out ideas under the characters’ feet and have some time to think between sessions. Nothing like this. I’d really welcome advice from anyone on potential pitfalls to avoid, and thoughts that might make this unique setting work well.
So far, here are my thoughts:
- plenty of breaks!
- will I need to go with more ideas in my back pocket than normal for AW, given the lack of free time to plan?
- we are all excited for an intense experience but I think that comes with risks too – how to make sure it’s intense in the right way?
- same goes for claustrophobia! a little claustrophobia for the characters will be really cool and the atmosphere will enhance that, but how to make sure it doesn’t cross the line into being unpleasant for the PLAYERS?
- what gaming essentials will I need to take, given a likely lack of good internet access?