At this year’s HolmCon, Tomas Mørkrid arranged a “poetry slam” – an unformal competition where participants designed one role-playing poem each in one hour. The results are so far only available in Norwegian (here), but highlights include:
– The Endless Meta Spiral, where players play themselves two minutes ago. Two minutes into the game, they play themselves two minutes ago, playing themselves two minutes ago. Two minutes later, they… well, you get it, right? Challenging and fun, and with an unexpected ending.
– A Trip Through Time Seen Through The Eyes of a Fir Tree, where players are big trees, talking slowly and making whooshing noises. Very much an experience; very little a game.
– Løken Committee to Evaluate Cultural Grants, where players are bureaucrats in the Committee, discussing relevant questions – first, of course, cultural grants; but later questions can be “Why doesn’t anyone want to make love to me?” or “Is there life after death?”. All questions are discussed in the same detached, bureaucratic tone. Wonderful.