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Author Topic: Gamers Kidnap President -- for Charity  (Read 8557 times)
GregStolze
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« on: September 22, 2005, 07:00:15 AM »

Those of you who've followed the successes of the Ransom model (the funding mode for Meatbot Massacre and ...in Spaaace! may be interested to know that a new game's in limbo, waiting for gamer dollars to buy its freedom.

The game is "Executive Decision" and it's a real-time LARP set in the Oval Office.  Players assume the roles of the President and his closest advisors as they confront a crisis and have to pick the best optinon based on limited information and political pressure.  It's diceless and rules-light (the resolution mechanic is pretty much "talk to the President and he decides") but there is a scoring system that determines which player won the game.  It's fun.  That's the good news.

The better news is that it's a collaboration between Ron Edwards, D. Vincent Baker, Dennis Detwiller, Chad Underkoffler, and me.  You'll see some A-Game when this comes out.

The best news of all is, we're ransoming it for charity.  100% of all proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurrican Katrina (and, by the time we're done, possibly that other one too). 

More will be revealed at www.gregstolze.com but if you're ready to poke some cash in now, you can go straight to  http://www.fundable.org/groupactions/ExecutiveDecision and do your good deed for the day.

-G.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2005, 05:13:12 PM »

Greg,

If you have a little press release or something, I'll include info on your project in my October newsletter.  So many people want to help but aren't sure how, so I'm trying to collect interesting ways people can help with the relief effort...and this is very interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2005, 06:15:45 PM »

This is a great idea.  I see that Executive Decision already 26-50% ransomed, after one day. Wow.

It actually sounds like the games I used to run in grad school for the undergrads, where they get to play diplomats from different countries trying to avoid nuclear war (or not :).
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2005, 07:55:51 AM »

It actually sounds like the games I used to run in grad school for the undergrads, where they get to play diplomats from different countries trying to avoid nuclear war (or not :).

The game is quite much like that, though I can't recall if anyone did an Armageddon scenario.


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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2005, 08:55:04 AM »

Wow...killer lineup of designers. I'm looking forward to seeing more about this game. Nothing to ask or contribute, really, I just wanted to say, "cool."
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2005, 08:57:35 AM »

Wow...killer lineup of designers. I'm looking forward to seeing more about this game. Nothing to ask or contribute, really, I just wanted to say, "cool."

I concur with Mr. Morris' sentiment and will stand by it when it comes time to vote on the matter.

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GregStolze
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2005, 02:15:50 PM »

We're 40% there as of today, with about a month to got.  I'm guardedly optimistic.

-G.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2005, 08:25:41 PM »

We're 40% there as of today, with about a month to got.  I'm guardedly optimistic.

-G.

Just a thread bump: Greg says that the game is around 85% ransomed.

That means that another $150 (15 people at $10, or 8 people at $20) can get Executive Decision released.

Remember, it's for charity. (Also, it's an interesting game, suitable for mixed groups of gamers and non-gamers.)


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Chad Underkoffler [chadu@yahoo.com]

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GregStolze
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2005, 11:20:37 AM »

...and now it's free.  Head on over to www.gregstolze.com and poke that big "Downloads" button.  Go buck wild, Mr. President!

-G.
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