A Night at the Opera - Casting Closed
Game name: Slàinte Mhath - A Night at the Opera
(slawn'-cha-va) - Gallic for "good health" - equivalent of cheers, Nasdravya, etc.
Welcome to Edinburgh. It's Festival Week and you came for the show. Tickets for this new opera have been sold by mobile phone lottery and your number came up! Book your interval drinks, take you seats, that's the fifteen-minute bell. This is going to be a night at the opera you're not going to forget.
Inspiration for the game (a feel for what might go down...):
The written word:-
- The Edinburgh pieces writtin in Wild Dances (www.filesandrecords.com)
- Ian Rankin's Rebus novels
- Christopher Brookmyre's "Quite Ugly One Morning"
- Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
- Simon R Green's Nightside novels
The visual arts:-
- Being Human & Ultraviolet (the Channel 4 series with Jack Davenport, not the movie. Please, God, not the movie.)
- Sliders (you'll just have to trust me on that one)
- Pretty much anything set in Edinburgh, just to get the feel for the city.
- Google Maps Street View. Damn handy!
What I need from you...
(quick summary of the Deliria character creation system - should have this for you later once I've robbed it from the core book.)
- Your character's story. Your own, personal, once-upon-a-time. For example...
- Nigel Lazenby.
English. "Call me George." Speaks a little French - enough to get by in a restaurant, buy a newspaper, broker complex economic treaties and discuss scientific and philosophic papers (Actually, he speaks a similar amount of most Eastern European languages, a surprising amount of German, and seven useful words in Japanese. But he tends to swear in Magyar if he's not concentrating). Late 30s. Quite an unremarkable man. If asked, people can't really give a good description of Nigel - he's just average. Runs a second-hand book-shop. When asked "have you a copy of ...?" his stock response is "Sorry, I sold the last copy yesterday. Might have another next week if you'd care to come back." Should the customer return, there will be a second-hand copy of the book they were looking for. These things just arrive, Nigel has no control over them.
Once Upon a Time... Nah, that's been done. Scratch "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" as well - sounds a little too familiar. Let's go with "There was once a man who killed people..." Sounds about right.
There was once a man who killed people. 37 people so far. All at the orders of one small governmental department in Whitehall. This man was unremarkable. Of average height and build, average looks, in a word, *average*. But Nigel has bad dreams. Dreams of a prison of Ice where his victims are the prison guards. Nigel doesn't want to kill people any more, doesn't want to add more staff to his icy prison. Trouble is, Nigel is very, very good at his job and his services are very much in demand. So, one cold night, he ran away. His employers didn't know about the eigth passport, weren't aware of the bank account in the name of Nigel Lazenby - didn't even know who Nigel Lazenby was! And Nigel hopes and prays they never, ever find out.
- Nigel Lazenby.
- Three things your character is good at
- Two things your character is bad at
- One secret your character has never told anyone
- One hidden talent that just might come in handy.
- The reason your character is in Edinburgh.
Number of Players: 4-6 (of which I already have 2, maybe 3...) Openings are available for regular members of the public and one police officer from Department Thirteen.
Email Submissions to: email@example.com (or PM Imajica here on-site)
Deadline: August 24th
Estimated Game Start: August 31st. Prologues for the characters will start as they're accepted onto the cast.