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Started by Jonathan Walton, January 19, 2003, 04:45:16 PM
QuoteACT Ø • Scene Ø(A group of players gathers at the home of the Game Master. One player, the Rules-Lawyer, brings a printed copy of The GM is Dead [hereafter: "the game"], or makes one publicly available on a computer screen. At first, all the players ignore the game and spend time chatting, making jokes, teasing each other, and stuffing their faces. Finally, the Rules-Lawyer becomes impatient, snatches up the game, and begins to read in a loud voice.)THE RULES-LAWYER: We regret to inform you that the Game Master is dead. (Pause dramatically.) Judging from the... (Evil laugh.) ... interesting state of the corpse, the authorities have no choice but to suspect foul play. The facts are unclear, but the evidence suggests a startling and grisly tale: Just under an hour ago, while our friend and leader was preparing for tonight's game, the GM was foully murdered in this very building... Killed, the police believe, by one of you! One of the GM's own players! (Shudder.) Now, it may seem unthinkable for a player to commit such a cruel and merciless act, but let's be honest. We all have our reasons. Don't we, Shocked-And-Surprised Player?(The Rules-Lawyer passes the game to a shocked and surprised player, who continues reading.)SHOCKED-AND-SURPRISED PLAYER: (Swallow nervously.) Well, I mean... (Glance at the other players.) NO! How could anyone ever hate the Game Master enough to commit murder? Sure, the GM had some faults, but didn't deserve to die! (Gaze off into the distance, reflecting.) Do you remember when the GM killed Grunthos the Barbarian in my very first game? Hah! I spent six hours putting that character together. Pages of background material destroyed in seconds, just because the GM whipped up a warband of Festering Trolls. "Whoops. Looks like Grunthos took a diseased arrow in the eye!" That's what the GM had said. Everyone laughed. The Game Master laughed loudest of all. I didn't say much then, but the pain began to eat away at my soul. I loved Gruthos, loved every bit of his 286-pound, grey-eyed, raven-haired, 6-foot-10, northern-born, widower, agoraphobic, barbarian self. But no one understood that. No one ever will. When you looked deep into the Game Master's eyes, all you could see was the Ochre Jelly lurking within. The GM was not human. No human could possibly muster the ruthlessness necessary to destroy Grunthos. Someday, I swore, someday... The GM would pay for all those crimes committed in the name of "story," "drama," or "character development." Hah! (Pause and look down, begin to sob.) But I didn't think it would happen like this. Not like THIS!!THE RULES-LAWYER: (Pat Shocked-And-Surprised Player on the shoulder.) There, there now. We all could tell similar stories. We have followed the Game Master through dungeons, post-apocalyptic landscapes, distant galaxies, haunted mansions, even the depths of hell itself. And the GM has always, always let us down! We all had plenty of reasons to kill that arrogant, power-hungry, manipulating, heartless, character-mangling S.O.B. There was just something about the way the Game Master smiled when the entire group fell off a cliff or got pushed out of an airlock. Then again, maybe it was something about that hair, or the clothes, or those beady-little eyes from reading too many game manuals in the dark. (Shrug.) But no more. The GM is dead. Still, it would probably make us all feel better if we could get those bad feelings off our consciences. It's useless to hate the deceased. So why don't we all grab 3 index cards and write down our reasons for hating the GM? Just to get it off our chests. Trust me, it'll do you wonders, but make sure you keep your reasons secret. After all, you don't want people to think you killed the Game Master!(Each player, including the Rules-Lawyer, takes 3 index cards and writes down 3 different reasons that they had for hating the GM. Some discussion is encouraged, but everyone should keep their reasons secret, not letting anyone else know what they are.)THE RULES-LAWYER: Is everyone finished? Good. Everyone put your reasons in this bag, so we can go burn all the evidence later.
Quote from: jllamaI would suggest you make the script portions short (much shorter than the example ones in the post) or include little stage directions for improv. (for example... [Dramatically describe the death of your favorite character at the hands of the DM] instead of the long, although funny, description.) Or you could just have the blocks shorter and have the book get passed around more often. People wouldn't mind if they had to read a line or two and then just pass it along, I think.