Started by Ben Lehman, March 01, 2011, 07:24:31 PM
QuoteBeloved:A solo game by Ben LehmanFor Pen and PaperImagine your beloved. She is, to you, perfect in every way. Think on it. Know her.Your beloved has been kidnapped by a pack of horrible monsters. You, the hero, are the only one who can rescue her.On the center of a piece of paper, of a size that you can carry folded in your pocket, draw a small picture of your beloved. Draw the walls of a prison around her. Outside, draw a horrible monster. Now, right down one reason why that horrible monster is undefeatable.Think about the monster. Think about how it is undefeatable, exactly. Fold up the piece of paper and carry it in your pocket, but continue to think about it. Play out your battles in your mind, over and over, trying new devices and strategies.At some point, you will discover a way that the monster can be defeated. Don't cheat and think of this ahead of time! Make the monster as unbeatable as you can.The best way is that you find a way to circumvent or invert the monster's invincibility. This has to do with the exact nature of it, and when you do it you will realize it was there all along.The other way to do it is that you discover that the monster has a secret weakness, and come up with a plan to exploit it. Don't just make it up! Discover it in your battles and battles with the monster.Once you have defeated the monster, cross it out. You have rescued your beloved!But it isn't really her. It's some other girl that the monsters kidnapped. She is like your beloved in one way, and that confused you.Is she good enough? Do you give up and live and love with her?If so, you live ever after together.If not, get a new piece of paper. Draw a picture -- a better picture! -- of your beloved. Draw the prison walls around her. Draw two monsters. For the innermost monster, write down two reasons why it is undefeatable, for the outermost monster, draw one.You must defeat both monsters to reach your beloved.But it isn't really her. It's some other girl that the monsters kidnapped. She is like your beloved in two ways, and that confused you.Is she good enough? Do you give up and live and love with her?If so you live ever after together.If not, get a new piece of paper. Draw a picture of your beloved in the center, then the walls, then three monsters, the innermost with three reasons that it is undefeatable, the next with two, the last with one. When you have defeated all these monsters, you reach your beloved. But it isn't her! She is just alike to your beloved in three ways.Continue in this manner until she is good enough.