I have recently thought quite a bit about my attitude towards games with (significantly) shared characters.
There is Girl Underground with The Girl being played by a different player every turn while their own character is fading to the background or literally not present.
There is Alienòr in which somebody plays Alienòr at random per scene plus their own character and gains some extra narrative authority to represent her influence.
There is For the Queen in which we establish facts about the Queen collaboratively but never directly enact her.
There is Turning Point in which we play one character together at an important moment in life and alternate acting as them from scene to scene with everybody else playing sidekicks.
I could go on with more examples but I’m sure you have plenty more yourself.
I want to know from you:
- what do you enjoy in sharing a character?
- when does sharing work for you, when does it not work?
- what are your recommendations for others?