I teach some classes on comics writing for teens in a local University and their favorite bit is by far the creativity exercises we do at the beginning of every class.
SO, to have some fun and relieve all this pandemic anxiety, I was thinking about an online workshop made up of writing games and exercises. What simple* story games do you think would be best to turn into a writing challenge for a class of about 10 people? And it doesn’t have to be the whole game, but interesting mechanics and pieces, like the setup for Shock: social sci fi.
*The “simple” part is there because I would also have to translate some of the game to Portuguese.
On my list right now I have:
- Purplest Prose (it can be played pretty much as written)
- Dear Elizabeth (a 200 word epistolary rpg they could play in pairs)
- Alone among the stars (solo, the oracle is really nice)
- and I would like to do something with the setup bit of Shock:Social Science Fiction and maybe the tables from Fiasco?
There are other games I would like to play, but it would be hard with this many people (Warrior Poet, CYOA, Mission Accomplished, Highlander II). So I guess it would have to be something they could discuss as a group, but write by themselves?
What do you think? Any suggestions?