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Save Some Light for Me

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Participants: 1 GM, 5-10 players

By

✏️Evan Torner

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Description

In a neon fantasy world, we experience the different phases in the lives of a group of friends and lovers in their battle against the Lord of Lies.

Keywords: Polyamory – Dreams – Biography

Save Some Light for Me is a freeform scenario about the dreams and struggles of polyamorous characters in a fantasy world drawn straight from 1980s toy commercials and power ballad lyrics. Quirky-yet-lovable characters come of age together and learn, through their dreams and struggles, the joy and bittersweet sorrow of love. Players portray them through their early years, as they have dreams of greatness, become warriors, and form complex amorous and friend relationships within the group. The game facilitator applies pressure on these relationships through the challenges posed by the Lord of Lies, an unremitting narcissistic villain. Nightmares abound. The characters must overcome this threat as one, but they also cannot forget the past that forged them. Once the Lord of Lies has been defeated, the characters’ lives continue and the scenario deals with the fallout of their choices. The characters dream again, now that they have become older and sober, and use their remaining time to communicate with those whom they once loved or still cherish.

About the author: Evan Torner (b. 1982, He/Him) is an American scholar of German, film, and role-playing games, as well as a veteran Fastaval scenario writer. His scenarios include Metropolis (nominated for Best Game Devices in 2012), The Posthuman’s Progress (2013), Uwe Boll’s Big Gay Wedding (with Kat Jones, 2014), “Something to Drink With That, Sir?” (in the #Feminism anthology, 2016), and The Intrepid Seven (with Jacqueline Bryk, 2016).

_A group of friends, lovers, and exes grow up and band together against the dark powers of the Lord of Lies. They have the Love needed to stop him. If only the rest of Life were that simple. A queer, polyamorous 1980s-inspired fantasy epic about the lightness of dreams and the weight of reality._

In a neon fantasy world, we experience the different phases in the lives of a group of friends and lovers in their battle against the Lord of Lies.

Save Some Light for Me is a freeform scenario about the dreams and struggles of polyamorous characters in a fantasy world drawn straight from 1980s toy commercials and power ballad lyrics. Quirky-yet-lovable characters come of age together and learn, through their dreams and struggles, the joy and bittersweet sorrow of love. The drama unfolds over the course of three acts. In Act I, players portray them through their early years, as they have dreams of greatness, become warriors, and form complex amorous and friend relationships within the group. During Act II, the game facilitator applies pressure on these relationships through the challenges posed by the Lord of Lies, an unremitting narcissistic villain and NPC. Nightmares abound. The characters will overcome this threat as one, but they also cannot forget the past that forged them. Once the Lord of Lies has been defeated at the end of Act II, the characters’ lives continue in Act III and the scenario deals with the fallout of their choices. The characters dream again, now that they have become older and sober, and use their remaining time to communicate with those whom they once loved or still cherish.

**Winner of Best Characters at Fastaval 2019 Nominated for the Jury's Special Award at Fastaval 2019**

Mechanics used in the game are the following: **Pre-scripted Scene Framing**, meaning that players have only limited determination of the content of any given scene. **Act Breaks**, meaning that the game itself will be interrupted several times, including dramatic leaps forward in time. **Ars Amandi-style intimacy technique**, meaning that players will clasp hands and verbally describe sex acts they're doing to each other. **"Yes and" improv adjudication of powers and violence**, meaning that players will collaborate on the outcomes of any usage of characters' special abilities or violence. Characters cannot be hurt or killed without their explicit consent. Slow motion acted-out violence is the norm for this game, with players carefully taking turns with each other and openly telegraphing their moves while verbally describing the scene; responding players can answer to moves against them in slow-motion action and/or verbal description.

Played at

Fastaval - Otto Under the Sea (2019)
Intercon T (2020)

Awards

Fastaval - Otto Under the Sea (2019)

Winner, Bedste Roller
Under Vivias regnbuefarvede himmel møder vi alt fra en enhjørning, der rider på en enhjørning til en øglepræst, der bare gerne vil domineres kærligt. Scenariets ti vidunderligt sære queer-helte giver deltagerne både skæv inspiration til og præferencer for ritualer og romancer, som tilsammen gør det legende let at omfavne både episk drama og polyamorøse kærlighedsbehov.

Under the rainbow coloured sky of Vivia we meet the most amazing creatures. A unicorn riding another unicorn and a lizard priest, who really just wants loving domination. But they are just two of the ten wonderfully weird queer heroes that delivers skewed inspiration and preferences for rituals and romances. The result is everything the player needs to embrace both epic drama and polyamorous love interests.
Nominated, Juryens Specialpris
Scenariet har en mission - det vil tage barndommen tilbage fra samfundets snærende bånd. Alt i scenariet - fra et hypergejlet soundtrack og dansetrylleritualer til polyamourøse konstellationer - peger langt væk fra konform. Save Some Light for Me nomineres for at være en legende samfundskritik, et på alle måder frihedssøgende scenarie uden en snert af moralisering.

This scenario has a mission - it wants to reclaim childhood from the constricting shackles of society. Everything in the scenario - from the high strung soundtrack and magic dancing rituals to the polyamorous constellations - points anywhere but to conformity. Save Some Light for Me is nominated for a playful societal critique with not a trace of moralisation but a strong lust for freedom.


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