2012-07-16 : Audience Participation Murderous Ghosts
Meg and I did a fun thing at Connecticon. It was audience participation Murderous Ghosts.
We had maybe 75 people in a conference room scheduled for 2 hours. We played twice through the game. The first time, I was the MC and Meg was the other player, and we had a volunteer from the audience, Nick, sit up front and manage the cards. I stood up front and did the MC thing, and Meg wandered through the audience. Whenever Meg had any decision to make, she polled the audience to decide and Nick counted their hands, or else she turned to the person she happened to be standing next to and had them decide.
The first story was just 20 minutes long. It was about Alice, who begged a murdered ghost not to hurt her, and it called her weak and deserving and murdered her in turn.
The second time, we had volunteers from the audience be the MC and the player. Chris was the player, and Corwin was the MC. Meg and I stood nearby our counterparts and unobtrusively helped them with the rules, and they did a fantastic job.
The second story was an hour long. It was about Chris, who somehow managed to get past the conglomerate ghost of a fire and its victims to his escape.
The audience throughout was engaged and responsive. They were evenly split on some decisions, like "do we most hope it doesn't reach out, or most hope it doesn't show us what it's hiding?" On others they were nearly unanimous, like "should we pick up the severed hand?" NO! FOR GOD SAKE NO! There were maybe some scary moments and disturbing twists - oh how the game delivers disturbing twists - and thus some gasps and lots of laughing, but I didn't notice anyone getting really scared. Which is fine, it wasn't a scary setting.
It took some energy to run, but it was good fun for a big group.
Questions & comments welcome, as always.
1. On 2012-07-18, Evan said:
2. On 2012-07-18, Vincent said:
3. On 2012-07-19, Christoph said:
ET go "Thanks! You are a Mensch, Christoph!"
CB go "NP! I guess you must be a humain, Evan!"
4. On 2012-07-20, Alex D said:
5. On 2012-07-20, Vincent said:
6. On 2012-07-25, Ed Croft said:
7. On 2012-07-26, Tim Ralphs said: