Archive for February 22nd, 2007

Slippery Kit

2007 Feb 22

Another conversation about the game-in-progress. One of these days I’ll figure out a good format to repost chats. By the way, I think the female character may end up just being called “The Agent” or “The Agent of the Queen.”

Jonathan
– i kinda suspect that i want the second character to have a hand in his death
– or to ultimately be responsible
– but maybe it should end with things unclear as to whether he’s actually dead
– so it’s not clear who triumphs
– that makes it more interesting
– maybe Marlowe’s last letter is “to be read on the event of my demise”
– and anticipates it

Shreyas
that’s pretty exciting

Jonathan
– hmm, i’m thinking maybe that the female character’s letters are all to various people, trying to arrange Marlowe’s death
– and the other player plays all these people who keep being baffled when Marlowe slips out of their hands
– so like “sorry, mistress. we tried to poison him, but the poor sod didn’t seem affected in the slightest”
– so like Kazekami Kyoko in that way
– with one person concocting plans that the other challenges
– but eventually, they get him

Shreyas
– dude
– yes
– that’s um really weird
– but in a cool way
– i want to play it

Shreyas
– so is the final letter pre-written?

Jonathan
– hmm
– could be
– i wonder if play could continue even after his death
– “to make sure we got him”

Shreyas
– haha

Jonathan
– i just don’t want it to become Kill Doctor Lucky

The Untimely Demise of Christopher Marlowe

2007 Feb 22

So I finally have a premise and a title for the game for Josh’s girlfriend (to go with the basic rules which have been done since Sunday). As a bonus, The Untimely Demise of Christopher Marlowe sounds somewhat similar to Kazekami Kyoko Kills Kublai Khan — they are both flowery and both about a famous man’s death — which reflects their interconnectedness.

The game will concern itself with the events leading up to the mysterious death of “Kit Morley” as he was often known, supposedly in the scuffle over paying the tab. However, since said scuffle involved several known spies of Lord Walsingham and Marlowe was about to go on trial (being — according to various accounts — an atheist, a Catholic, a heretic, a counterfeiter, a spy, a conspirator, a lover of attractive young men, a hedonist, and/or William Shakespeare), it seems unlikely his death (or the staging of it) was entirely accidental.

Now I just need to find a female character as devious and interesting as Marlowe. Right now, Arbella Stuart, who Marlowe may have tutored at some point, looks to be a promising candidate. She was potentially next in line for the throne after Elizabeth I, which gives her more than a few reasons to be involved in Walsingham’s espionage activities. And just because she was 18 when Marlowe died (at 29) doesn’t mean there couldn’t have been some romantic or sexual tension going on there.

The other option is, of course, the imprisoned Catholic monarch herself, Mary Queen of Scots. The only problem was that Mary was dead 5 years before Marlowe.

Or I could have the main characters not include Marlowe or anyone else especially famous at all, and instead simply be conspirators involved in the mysterious events surrounding his death. Hmm. Still some thinking to be done, but I’m getting pretty close now.

Oh, one other thing.

Kit Marlowe died — and I’m not making this up — from being stabbed in the face. So, basically, it’s an indie game waiting to happen :)