Invisible Sun & The History Of Surrealism Part 2: Breton, Bataille, and Surrealism

This is a continuation of the piece I started here. For lack of an introduction, I suggest you read part 1 if you haven't already looked at it. This post will be looking at the Surrealist movement proper through Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, and Georges Bataille. I will also talk about Antonin Artaud and Walter … Continue reading Invisible Sun & The History Of Surrealism Part 2: Breton, Bataille, and Surrealism

The Storyteller: Observations on Walter Benjamin and Roleplaying Games

I "The art of storytelling is coming to an end. One meets with fewer and fewer people who know how to tell a tale properly."[i] So starts Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay "The Storyteller: Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov." To Benjamin, who lived through the first World War, the art (or "craft" as he … Continue reading The Storyteller: Observations on Walter Benjamin and Roleplaying Games

Invisible Sun & The History of Surrealism Pt. 1: Precursors to the Surrealists

(The Black Square. K Malevich. Source)   0 - PROLOGUE & DISCLAIMERS _____________________________ To begin, I feel I might as well explain 1) what this series is and 2) what this series is not. Just recently a new tabletop roleplaying game called Invisible Sun was released by Monte Cook Games. Composed of four books, many … Continue reading Invisible Sun & The History of Surrealism Pt. 1: Precursors to the Surrealists

Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played pt. 3: Comparisons

Having talked about The Beginner's Guide and The Magic Circle individually, I want to talk about them in conjunction. In many ways these games are synchronous, but also quite disparate. I don't really like being so harsh on The Beginner's Guide, partly because it did move me when I played it. I don't want to criticize games … Continue reading Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played pt. 3: Comparisons

Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played Pt. 2: “The Magic Circle”

[SPOILERS FOR THE MAGIC CIRCLE MAY BE FOUND BELOW!] Last time in this pseudo-series I talked about The Beginner's Guide and how I felt it's personal nature and sincerity worked against it on the whole; it's narration trapping the player into an ambiguity that robs them of a real connection to the game. After playing … Continue reading Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played Pt. 2: “The Magic Circle”