Playing world building
Came across Neel Krishnaswami's Lexicon role-playing game today. Here is his introduction:
The basic idea is that each player takes on the role of a scholar, from before scholarly pursuits became professionalized (or possibly after they ceased to be). You are cranky, opinionated, prejudiced and eccentric. You are also collaborating with a number of your peers—the other players—on the construction of an encyclopedia describing some historical period (possibly of a fantastic world).
The game has twenty-six turns (one for each letter of the alphabet). Read Neel's article for a full description of his original rules, but here is my summary of them:
|1st||—||A,||Cite:||two entries B-Z|
|2nd||—||B,||Cite:||one A entry||&||two entries C-Z|
|3rd||—||C,||Cite:||one entry A-B||&||two entries D-Z|
|4th||—||D,||Cite:||one entry A-C||&||two entries E-Z|
|23rd||—||W,||Cite:||one entry A-V||&||two entries X-Z|
|24th||—||X,||Cite:||one entry A-W||&||two entries Y-Z|
|25th||—||Y,||Cite:||two entries A-X||&||one Z entry|
|26th||—||Z,||Cite:||three entries A-Y|
- Each scholar writes one entry each turn (beginning with an A on the first, and a Z on the last) of approximately 100-200 words, citing # of other entries (either previously written or yet to be written).
- It is an "academic sin" for a scholar to cite an entry he has written (or write one that she has cited).
- For each new letter, B thru Z, any previously cited entries must be written.
- A scholar may disagree with his colleagues interpretations or conclusions, but must accept their basic facts.
Probably best played on a private Wiki, in-person, or via email. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun with the right group of people...
—Michael A. Cleverly
Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 20:32