thread: 2005-10-20 : The Fruitful Void

On 2005-10-22, Ben Lehman wrote:

But I have to ask, does PTA have a Void? I'm not sure. What seems great to me about PTA is how it organizes/inspires player interaction. But since the players create a new show for every game, the thing that the players are exploring (Honor, Judgement, Sin, Duty, etc.) is going to change with every show.

This is an important issue, because so far we've talked about these "fruitful voids" focusing play on some topic in particular, but of course games like PTA don't do that at all.

What PTA does is creates a focus—it makes the whirlpool—but what it does not do is direct that focus anywhere.  Your play will be focused, but it leaves it to you (via the pitch session) to determine what it will be focused on.

This is good and bad.  On the one hand it can do anything.  On the other hand, it is sometimes hard work for the players.



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