Social Contract

This is the Social Contract of what the shared experience should be like

Players, Roles and ConductEdit

Participants
Creative Agenda
Narrative Mechanics Focus
Player Player Sheet Roles Veils Story Immersion Simulation Gaming Character Setting
Player 1 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5
Player 1 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5
Player 1 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 1-5

Rules of ConductEdit

  • Communication Rules
    • in Person
    • email
    • text
  • Rules Used

Creative AgendaEdit

Element Focus Aspects 1 2 3 4 5
Narrative Story Telling Narrative Shared World Arc
Shared Story Arc
Individual Character Arc
Theme Conflict/War
Relationships/Romance
Exploration/Discovery
Growth/Loss/Recovery
Creation/Development (Detail)
Veils Violence
Religion
Sexuality
Mood Drama
Comedy
Horror
Setting Cultures, Geography
Immersion Complete Immersion

Never break Character

Perspective

Focus

(Remove?)

Character
Mechanics Simulation Combat, Conflict
Conflict Resolution, Social Interaction of Players Social Interaction, Cooperation, Influence
Technical
Gaming Balance Authority
Agency
Power
Player Interaction Competitive
Mixed (Group goals, Collaborate and Competitive)
Collaborative, Reincorporation, Facts
Management Resource
Risk, Reward (Chance)
Player Abilities Knowledge
Skill (Psychology, Perception, ..)
Chance / Strategy Chance
Strategy, Tactics (Long/Short), Balance
Agenda Importance Aspects
Focus World/Setting Character
Narrative Story/Drama Immersion
Mechanics Gaming Simulation

Note: Somewhat but not necessarily opposing, "Story/Drama" and "World/Setting" are related as are

Game Narrative Mechanics Focus
Example Category Story Immersion Simulation Gaming Character Setting
Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Low Medium High Medium
Universalis Role-Playing High Low Low Low High
RoleMaster Role-Playing Low High High
Fiasco Role-Playing High High
Chivalry & Sorcery Role-Playing High
HarnMaster Role-Playing High
Riddle of Steel Role-Playing Medium High Medium
Ars Magica Role-Playing Medium
Dogs in the Vinyard Role-Playing
Chess/Go Strategy Game
Game of Life Board Game Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Low
Cluedo
Diplomacy Board Game

SettingEdit

  • Location and Time
  • Laws of Nature
  • Technology
  • Cultures
Examples
Category Sub-Categories Magic Technology
Science Fiction Hard/ Soft, Cyberpunk
Fantasy High, Sword and Sorcery,
Historical Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern None

MechanicsEdit

Depending on the Focus of the Game the mechanics of the will be more or less complex:

Game MechanicsEdit

  • Character (Gauges, ...)
    • Attributes Used (Granularity)
    • Attribute Values (Granularity)
    • Attribute Value Distribution (Best/Worst of)

Can be different for different Characters/Players types

  • Conflict Resolution (Physical, Mental, ....)
  • Skill Checks

Story MechanicsEdit

  • Scene Setup

Facts/World MechanicsEdit

  • Laws of Nature
  • Cultures
  • History
  • Technology
  • Geography

Metagame MechanicsEdit