Wednesday, 29 January 2014

You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

Today sees another 50th anniversary - the release of Dr. Strangelove - Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.

Possibly the best Fiasco example of play before the Coen brothers started making theirs. A succession of blunders and decisions taken by lunatics brings humanity to the brink of annihilation.

This kind of scenario often appears in one-shot LARPs and not-quite-LARP games with large casts of PCs yelling at each other in conference rooms, some of them trying to avert the war, others to set it off or steer it towards their pet projects. I wonder how many of them end with the whistling sound of the Bomb dropping? Probably most of them, because that’s the punchline...

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