Actual Play – The Queen of Espionage (7/5/2018)

Facilitator: Karen Twelves
Players: Mark Hobbs, Craig of Meetup, Ross Cowman, and Sean Nittner
System: For the Queen

I’m so glad that when people say “hey, do you have a fun RPG that we can just play right now, I absolutely do!

The land you live in has been at war for as long as any of you have been alive.
The Queen has decided to set off on a long and perilous journey to forge an alliance with a distant power.
She has chosen you, and only you, to serve as her retinue, and accompany her on this journey.
She chose you because she knows that you love her.

In advance of Go Play Northwest, Karen and I went to Olympia a few days early to hang out with Ross and Mo, walk around Discovery Park, have boat adventures on Lake Union, and, check it out, play games at Story Games Olympia.

Marc was the MC of the event but because there were only a few of use there, we all ended up playing a game together. Marc was great about convening the values of the story games community and my very strong hope is that Craig, who found out about it from Meetup.com, comes back to many more events (this was his 2nd RPG!).

Our queen, set in a world of silver hills and primitive automobiles, was a master tactician playing a game that not even her top advisers understood. She send her secretary to make dead drops to foreign agents, she planned press releases before the events every happened, she intentionally lured our enemy into thinking she was weak while leading them into a trap, she pitted us against each other, and with her actions she threatened those we loved.

And we loved her. We loved her so much, that when attacked we all stood in her defense. Dying to protect her.