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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:09 pm on September 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: kidney, , Role-playing game,   

    Calypso RPG Thread 

    When Leopold Bloom goes out to buy a pork kidney, he sees many people. There’s Larry O’Rourke:

    Bald head over the blind. Cute old codger. No use canvassing him for an ad. Still he knows his own business best. There he Is, sure enough, my bold Larry, leaning against the sugarbin in his shirtsleeves watching the aproned curate swab up with mop and bucket.

    There is, of course, the “porkbutcher” himself. There’s also “the nextdoor girl at the counter. Would she buy it too, calling the items from a slip in her hand. Chapped: washing soda. And a pound and a half of Denny’s sausages.”

    Each of these characters, and really anyone we meet that day, could be said be on her or his own bloomsday odyssey, so let’s write their stories—starting, perhaps, with how the view Bloom himself.

    Remember, you can speak as a character using a designation such as *as Dlugacz* or use any other system you can come up with (see previous RPG threads for examples.

     

     
    • Sarah Jane 9:55 pm on September 18, 2013 Permalink

      *as the nextdoor girl* Sure my hands are sore as they say from the washing and the scrubbing, no telltale gray. Sausages and blood. Liver and bone. Thank you, Sir Butcher, but I only say three words.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 5:16 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Role-playing game, ,   

    Proteus RPG Thread 

    Sandymount Strand Dublin, low tide magic solitude

    Sandymount Strand Dublin, low tide magic solitude by Michael Foley

    In the third episode of Ulysses, we are brought into Stephen’s stream (or is it tide?) of consciousness. For this RPG, instead of focusing on what happens after what the text tells us, the goal is to focus on style. We’re going stream-of-consciousness—but not Stephen’s. Does a dog have a stream of consciousness? Does the sea? Is there someone on a boat who may be struck by Stephen’s presence as Stephen was struck by the presence of a dog? What do they think about and how do they think it, during this episode?

    Is there someone whose stream-of-consciousness may be relevant but who is not on scene?

    Let’s see how you can play with this style.

     
    • Dead Dog 5:21 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink

      Would be there was a time I could think this. Would be there was a time I could play along the beach and chase and chase and chase.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:00 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Dublin, Haines, James Joyce, Role-playing game, Sandycove, ,   

    Telemachus RPG Thread 

    Usurper.

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove (Photo credit: pmecologic)

    The last word of the first episode of Ulysses and the first word of Opening Ulysses’ first RPG. Stephen is headed for the school where he teaches. We will see him on the next page, in the classroom that is, in some sense, his. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan is bathing; Haines has refused to join him on a full stomach.

    What happens now? Between the pages or in parts of Dublin Joyce hasn’t shown us? What does Buck do while he’s naked? The answers are up to you.

    How to Participate

    To play, you can reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. This is a possibility—not a limit. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that may not have been anticipated here.

     
    • Kelly 8:23 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as Buck Mulligan*

      *holds breath under the water for a minute, then rockets up past the surface, pouring water from mouth fountain-style*

      • Buck Mulligan 7:12 pm on June 3, 2013 Permalink

        —It’s a lie, Haines. A silly rumour spread by quaking mothers, to think that bathing after you eat will make you cramp.

        • Haines 10:29 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink

          —Good sir, nonetheless, I insist: on my breakfast, I will not swim.

    • Joyceana 8:48 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as the boatman, nodding towards the north of the bay with disdain*

      —There’s five fathoms out there. It’ll be swept up that way when the tide comes in about one. It’s nine days today.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:20 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink

        *as sea*

        Waves.

        • Kelly 6:32 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink

          *as boat*

          Rocks.

    • Kelly 10:05 pm on June 5, 2013 Permalink

      But Stephen could not dwell on his usurpation for long. He was going to teach, and his mind turned to lessons.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:01 pm on June 8, 2013 Permalink

        Was this what he’d left Paris for?

        • Kelly 10:03 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink

          *as Stephen*

          Better at least than This is a pencil. This is a book. The red pencil is long. The blue pencil is short.

    • Alexander 5:18 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink

    • Pat L 4:10 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

      *as the sea*
      You always call me snotgreen, when you know the colour can’t be snot. Why? i think you hate me, because you blame me for you still being here.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:17 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

        *as fish*

        We agree with the sea.

        Are silver.

      • Jason 6:46 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as the sea*

        For being here at all. Ever. Yes. You know I am a mother.

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