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Red Harvest: Beat Analysis

The process of doing a “Beat” analysis begins by breaking the text into pieces. Deciding where to break the text requires reading the text closely and looking for changes in emotion and/or function. Each piece is then assigned basically an … Continue reading

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Dirtier Secrets

In my dreamier moments, I’m contemplating doing an MA on Dashiell Hammett and as preparation I’ve been re-reading his novels and short stories, trying to figure out what it is that interests me about them rather than necessarily interrogating those … Continue reading

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Dirty Secrets at MRW2011

I went along to MegaRoleplayingWeekend (MRW) with a pretty straightforward agenda: play Dirty Secrets with Hix. And without much effort, I grabbed up Steve, Svend and Donna to play through a game of lies, truths, conflict and crime. The first … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Lovely

There are three levels that I interacted with this work. At the surface level is the actual words on the page, including the construction of scenes and visuals, the handling of dialogue and most crucially, ellipsis. There is also the … Continue reading

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Actual Play: Dirty Secrets (part 3: Story-System Interactions)

My habit at playtests is to take detailed notes, and usually I remember to do timing as well, but this time I forgot. Over the four-hour play-time, we had 15 chapters – essentially investigation sequences, perhaps with a brief scene … Continue reading

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Actual Play: Dirty Secrets (part 2: Hard Boiled Wellington)

I played a “novella” length game with tog42 and Scott. I wanted to play this game with these two people specifically (I also wanted scurvy_platypus there, but poor planning on my part meant that didn’t happen) because I have played … Continue reading

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Actual Play: Dirty Secrets (part 1: system thoughts)

Before reading this post, I think you probably need to go and read The New Columboism, because this actual play is very much still in the context of the concepts discussed there and in rpgactionfigure‘s original. Trust me – both … Continue reading

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