Damned Anonymous played at Knutepunkt 2009
John Kim posted an AP bit about a game I designed for Tobias Wrigstad to try out at Knutepunkt, “Damned Anonymous: Anger Management.” From his con write-up:
This is a short jeepform scenario by American game designer Ryan Macklin that focuses on an abusive man named James. It was slotted for an hour slot but took a little over and hour and a half for our session. There are three characters: the abuser James, his therapist, and his demon — though in our case we had two demons. After going through the rules, we play three scenes where each player rotated through what role they played. Each scene is nearly pure dialogue of James talking to the therapist, while the demons urge him to acts of anger. The rules were a bit involved to explain, but essentially by holding back his anger too much, James would be required to describe going home and abusing his family as his outlet. The therapist could potentially redirect this anger to be self-destructive rather than abusive, but couldn’t cancel it.
The organizers were Frederik Berg Östergaard and Thorbiörn Fritzon. The players were myself, Tobias H, Iris S-D, and Kjetil A-D. We were a bit of a quiet group, and explaining the rules took some time. For me, it was an interesting experiment and I enjoyed trying out, but it wasn’t one I would particularly recommend.
I commented on his blog, thanking him for trying it and agreeing that I also wouldn’t particularly recommend it. Tobias said that he has some audio & video coming my way (which I’m eagerly awaiting) and that from his perspective the game went very well. I don’t know if I’m going to publish it in any capacity, since it’s a very, uh, built to generate a fucked-up experience rather than one of “fun,” but maybe I will with enough of a warning/disclaimer.
In any case, I’m pretty excited that my first Jeepform game got some play at Knutepunkt! That’s pretty awesome!