From Invisible Cities

The city of Sophronia is made up of two half-cities. In one there is the great roller coaster with its steep humps, the carousel with its chain spokes, the Ferris wheel of spinning cages, the death-ride with crouching motorcyclists, the big top with the clump of trapezes hanging in the middle. The other half-city is of stone and marble and cement, with the bank, the factories, the palaces, the slaughterhouse, the school and all the rest. One of the half-cities is permanent, the other is temporary, and when the period of its sojourn is over, they uproot it, dismantle it, and it off, transplanting it to the vacant lots of another half-city.

And so every year the day comes when the workmen remove the marble pediments, lower the stone walls, the cement pylons, take down the Ministry, the monument, the docks, the petroleum refinery, the hospital, load them on trailers, to follow from stand to stand their annual itinerary. Here remains the half-Sophronia of the shooting-galleries and the carousels, the shout suspended from the cart of the headlong roller coaster, and it begins to count the months, the days it must wait before the caravan returns and a complete life can begin again.

Italo Calvino.

Game is coming along.

I’ve finished the basic rules (creating characters, travelling, generating terrain and so on).

Most of the game, however, will be the various encounters. I’ve done a few, but by no means enough to make a complete game. My aim is to have enough encounters done by the end of November to make a ‘working draft’ that I can show playtesters. At the moment it looks like I’m on target to do this.

In November…

I’m going to try and do both NaNoWriMo and NaGaDeMon. I’m making a board game which uses choose-your-own-adventure style paragraphs. It’s a bit like a multi-player, cooperative version of Barbarian Prince. I should be using several ideas from this blog, Age of Fable and Under the Moons of Mars.

Anyway the goal is to write 2000 words a day, which I did on the first day (character creation, and some of the structure of a turn).

More on the Dung-Haters

As with most peoples outside Teleleli, an extended family of Dung-Haters will generally live in one building. The ‘nuclear family’ of a single couple and their children is an unknown concept to them. They have maintained this practice even in Teleleli, where plentiful empty buildings would make smaller households viable. Where they are forced to occupy smaller buildings, they will generally knock down walls if they are able, or if not live in several adjacent buildings.

When a couple marries, the man must leave his family and live with that of his wife. However, if the husband speaks to his wife’s mother, the couple must divorce and the man return to his people in shame. If her shadow crosses his body he will sicken and die.