On 2008-04-12, Brand Robins wrote:
Well, its an interesting thing. Because like, right after we finished the game we were all odd about it. It was only "cool" the next day at a party, and only "awesome" about a month after that. At the moment we finished it was strong and intimate and powerful, but not comfortable or desired.
Which, I think, is a thing about this kind of anti-phatic emergent play—the "unwelcome" doesn't mean "not wanted" it means "not comfortable" or "not desired at that moment" or "not something we would have consciously done to each other without some kind of psychopomp." Part of what you want out of this time of game is getting something you didn't want out of the game. Which sounds paradoxical until you consider it in terms of literature and consider that some of the greatest literary works are those which challenge, overthrow, and upset you.
Also worth noting, that much as we all still play Dogs and we all still play together, that particular group has never played Dogs again.