A Creator's Chat

Twitter Charades

Now playtesting in A Creator's Chat: Twitter Charades! Note: This post may change as we refine the rules based on testing.

You all know regular charades, right? Let's take it to Twitter! Oh, but how? you say. How can you play a game that is all about wordless communication in a text-only medium?!

I will show you how, through the magic and wonder of writing down a lot of rules!

The basic play is nearly the same as for regular charades:

1. Break the players into teams. The team of the player who proposed the game will be on stage first.

2. Each team will privately brainstorm phrases to use in whatever method works best for them. (Titles for books, movies, and songs are traditional, but feel free to use Wikipedia's Random Article link for inspiration.)

3. To begin play, the opposing team should direct message the chosen secret phrase to the next player on stage.

4. The player on stage will try to convey the secret phrase to the members of their own team; if the team guesses it, they gain one point. Time limits are optional.

5. The team to get to three points first wins.

6. If multiple consecutive games are played, then which team goes first will alternate.

The Catch

Of course, the pantomiming itself is quite different on Twitter. So there are some extra rules to bear in mind:

1. When you are on stage, you may not type any words at all!  

1. You can link to images in place of pantomime.

2. The link must not have any tags or titles, and the word you're trying to convey must not be in the URL. The suggested method for this is to use Google images search, and from the results page, right-click and go to 'Copy Image URL.' The result should look something like this:

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTXUOJyjM8UbXsX9u8jDZLt15TjWYDUFnP70WaqJAznqoYvJpbS

3. The image can't be directly from or of the phrase you're conveying. So no using a still from the movie E.T. or a piece of E.T. fan art, for example, to convey E.T.

4. ASCII art and Unicode is also acceptable, ex. ♫ to indicate a song, or @-'--,----- to indicate a rose. 

Additional Suggested Vocabulary

o)) sounds like
||| three words
.|. second word (of three)
!!! yes, that's it
~~~ almost, close but not quite
/= no, that's not it, you're on the wrong track

Many thanks to Ken Eklund and Sara Thacher for inspiration and logistical assistance!


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A Very Special Creator's Chat

This is just a reminder that A Creator's Chat is moving to Wednesday at 1pm this week (which makes it Dec. 14.) I've moved the day because I'll be heading into the city on Tuesday for the NYC Transmedia Holiday Party... and as long as I'm heading into town, I'm scheduling a few appointments to make a whole day of it. It's efficient time management, but it means I won't be around for enchattenating.

Speaking of the which -- if you'd like to get together for a coffee or some such thing while I'm in Manhattan tomorrow, please do drop me a line in email or on Twitter, or even by leaving a comment here. I have a couple of appointments lined up already, but there's still room for more!

And finally: this Wednesday's Creator's Chat is going to be very, very special, so I hope you'll make a point of dropping by. In my tradition of goofy side projects, I've been working on a new game for the last few days. I'm hoping the folks in the Creator's Chat will help to playtest it this week!

Annnnnnd that's it for today. I hope to see you soon, in one of these many venues!


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A Creator's Chat About Transmedia Storytelling

At StoryWorld last week, I lamented the fact that when the conference was over, I'd return to my solitary existence as a be-pajamaed freelancer whose sole interaction with other human beings during the day is often limited to hearing the scrape and thud of the mailman as he passes by. It's enough to make a girl a little stir-crazy.

And then the unbelievably clever Scott Walker suggested I create a sort of weekly virtual salon. So I got to thinking about the periodic chats we used to hold under the banner of the IGDA ARG SIG. Scott was right, I thought. Those were great. Let's do that again!

And so let me introduce you to A Creator's Chat About Transmedia Storytelling, a weekly salon in which transmedia creators can get together for a while and talk about what's on their minds. Right now I have them scheduled for 1pm Eastern time on Tuesdays, but it's possible we'll move the time around a little to find something the most convenient for the most people.

A Creator's Chat isn't meant to be a very formal thing. Oh, sure, I might announce topics as a starting point, but this is really meant as an exercise in community-building, not consensus-building. So kick off your shoes, brew a nice hot cup of caffeinated beverage, and let's hang out online. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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