I don't know what (if anything) I want to do with this; it just keeps sitting there in my head, pestering me. Has been for weeks.
A game for up to six players. Each player chooses one chess piece - King, Queen, Knight, Rook, Bishop, Pawn. This is their character; all characters are members of a medieval fantasy court.
On the table is a page with seven circles on it. Each circle is "a stage", except one, which is labelled "offstage". Each piece goes on one circle.
The king's stage is labelled "the throne room".
The queen gets "the gardens",
the knight (captain of the guard) gets "the castle wall",
the rook (the castle seneschal) gets "below stairs",
the bishop (local abbot or abbess) gets "the chapel",
and the pawn (the hapless squire) gets "the stables".
1. Take turns moving around, most of the time. I think.
2. If you are on your own stage? You get no scene. You're too busy, holding court, dealing with the ladies-in-waiting, organising guards, whatever it is that you *do*. By entering your own stage, you automatically call an end to whatever scene is occurring there.
3. If you are on someone else's stage, you're in a scene. The person whose character 'owns' that stage? They're the GM, there.
This needs a conflict (or group of them). And a resolution system. And maybe some other stuff. Hell, I dunno.