2006-05-18 : Two examples: unmediated drama
This post is for push/pull advocates.
So those 4 drama examples in my 6 examples post, let's call them "mediated" drama. Meaning, in each of them, the resolution process called upon something that exists in the real world: numbers on character sheets, glass pebbles on the table.
"Unmediated" drama, then, is simply drama resolution that calls upon no such things. It happens entirely between the players, with no appeal to any outside cues.
It's harder to create short examples of unmediated drama resolution; it depends so much on social context. Please read me generously, if you can. Assume I mean what I say and know what I'm talking about, if possible, and that the example people I'm describing roleplay much the same way you yourself do.
Same setup as before: my character has motive, opportunity and intent to pitch your character off the top of a seven-story building. Everybody else is on the edges of their seats, watching to see what happens.
Unmediated Drama at the End
I say, "I grab you, heft you bodily, and pitch you over. I'm like, 'scumsucker.' Bricks flash by as you fall; maybe you try to catch a window sill but you can't. But look, my guy wants you to die, not me. Let's come up with some other outcome than you die."
You say, "hold on, my guy fights you, I think I can get away -"
I say, "too late. Bricks flashing by, windows you can't catch, let's go."
Unmediated Drama in the Middle
I say, "I grab you, heft you bodily, and pitch you over. I'm like, 'scumsucker.' I think that should totally happen and your character should fall to his death, like totally dead. What do you think?"
You say, "not so much. How about, you go to grab me, but I slip out of your grip and run?"
(Notice, here, that sooner or later we're going to have to resolve our difference. How will we? Don't ask or answer now; put a star next to the question so you remember it and let's move on.)
Push or pull?
Does anybody think that the former isn't a push on my part, or that the latter isn't a pull?
1. On 2006-05-18, Roger said:
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