There’s been interest in having a Play-By-Post version of this game on this site in order to accommodate volunteers who come from a wide variety of time zones.
And this is a formal proposal that we give it a try.
I’ve run the first edition of the game a couple of times so I’ll be trying to facilitate setting it up if not necessarily acting as Producer (the GM equivalent) on whatever series we end up running.
We’ll be using the current (3rd Ed) version of the rules: contact me for a rules summary if you’re interested.
I would suggest that we limit the numbers to four or at most five players plus one Producer. There have been TV series with more lead characters than that but having episodes in which one or more character is absent is easier to do when you have professional actors and not people who are doing it for fun.
I would suggest that everyone writes and brings to the first part of the game, the Writers’ Room brainstorming session at least one proposal for a series.
This should be at minimum the ‘elevator pitch’: a sentence or two that tells you what the series is about.
The elevator pitch for Hmmm… Let me see now…
BREAKING BAD: A respectable chemistry teacher becomes a master criminal when he finds out he’s dying of cancer.
FIREFLY: A spaceship full of criminals, fugitives and the heroes who lost a war try to keep flying and avoid the law.
And at maximum you could add up to a hundred words (a Drabble) about the series and what it’s about.
We would then discuss it, ask each other questions, modify the pitches and finally choose a series we feel like taking part in. Hopefully, one we all feel like taking part in.
We’d also choose which one of us takes the Producer’s role. It could be the person who first proposed it or they may be happier as one of the cast.
After that we run for five or six episodes, starting with a Pilot and then giving each player a spotlight episode. We may even get a series finale.
We would have to hope that posts came in fast and furious and that people didn’t hog the limelight but gave others the chance to stick their two-pennyworth in.