2005-03-15 : Immersion Zen
I like Universalis but its a completely different gaming experience and my happy Zen is missing. I want to know how to achieve open collaboration on story and still have enough ownership that I get my Zen. Is this an impossibility?
I don't think it's an impossibility!
My, Meg's and Emily's Ars Magica game has all the open collaboration on story Universalis does, but plenty of character ownership and zen.
So I think that it just so happens that Universalis features open collaboration on story, and also coincidentally doesn't happen to support well that kind of ownership of the characters. I mean, those are both consequences of Universalis' design, but unrelated in principle.
The real in-principle tradeoff may be between the zen and pacing. The zen may require a leisurely pace. It may be that games like Dogs and The Mountain Witch and My Life with Master play too unremittingly - they don't give the in-play downtime nor the between-play creative power that a less immediate game would.
I have no real idea if that's so, but if it is, that's a happy tradeoff! On the one hand, immediate, visceral excitement. On the other, profound identification with your characters. I'm glad I can vary the games I play to get both.
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