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Be a Fictional Character! - Transience Divine
November 25th, 2006
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Be a Fictional Character!
I just saw Stranger than Fiction, which is a totally squeal-worthy movie. And it gave me a great idea for a game.

Here's the invitation: Join me in creating a fictional character in a real-time story of our collective design. Let us, in the words of Speed Levich, be "the authors of ourselves, co-authoring a gigantic Dostoevsky novel, starring clowns." You create your character: no magical powers or endless wealth, but you can have a checkered background, vocational skills, and social connections. You can even be yourself. I will manage the world, ensuring that you all have dilemmas to juggle and that your actions effect the other characters, and I will publish a public narrative. At least one of you will die. At least one of you will reap good fortune at another's expense. At least one of your plots will break the third wall. How do you join? Reply to the post and I'll give you instructions.

And you should all see Stranger than Fiction. The central idea is sublime and the movie's explorations of that idea's textures are more than enough to make the sappy romance plot palpable. Ultimately, I think the movie's reach exceeded its grasp (I can't say how without spoiling), but not before leaving me panting and sated. And only yesterday I had long discussion on the self-referencial nature of post-modernism and the effect of existentialism's maxim that "the meaning of life is the living of it" on contemporary society. Uncanny.

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From:redcat9
Date:November 25th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a lot of fun; I'm game. I take it this is intended to take place in the present day, with the world as it is, with all of its quirks?
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From:jrising
Date:November 28th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
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Exactly. Or at least it will start that way (I don't plan on bring in sci-fi elements, but I will if it makes the plot). I just wrote up more of an introduction at http://www.existencia.org/bmm/intro.html, but I don't have your email to send it directly. Can you send me an email at jarising[AT]gmail.com?
From:5411tech
Date:November 26th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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Oooh! Ooh me!!! I loooooved that movie.
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From:jducoeur
Date:November 28th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Don't have time for the game, sadly, but just wanted to check: have you seen Existenz? I can't exactly say that it's a *good* movie, but it's a marvelously warped exploration of identity, truth and fiction, in the context of virtual reality and games. More worthwhile in the questions it asks than the answers it gives, but a fun wander through the problem space...
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From:revolos55
Date:November 29th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
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You mean breaking the 4th wall, don't you?
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From:jrising
Date:November 29th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
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*abashed* Um, yes, that one. That other wall, that isn't supposed to be there.
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From:revolos55
Date:December 14th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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Did you get my e-mail about my character. Let me know if you need more details.

Also, I found your list of Monopoly ideas
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