Tweak-a-boo!

edited July 2013 in Story Games
A friend was having birthday drinks on Saturday, and mentioned in the round-robin e-mail that someone might be bringing Microscope. Fantastic! I thought, I'd be happy to play it. But then my mind started to wander... and I came up with a hack called Stethoscope. Well, not really a hack, just a tweaking of the name. Anybody got any other similar ideas? Here's my pitch for Stethoscope:

Stethoscope
A collaborative story game where characters develop the power to see into the people around them’s innermost thoughts, the pulsating dark heart of the city. But can they convince other people to help them intervene to nip evil and wickedness in the bud, or are they doomed to watch helplessly as apparently decent and honourable individuals carry out their dastardly schemes and machinations…?

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  • edited July 2013
    And here's another one:

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    It ... If ... uhm... no, I wont even go there.

    (Awesome title for this thread, btw.)
  • The Quiet Beer
    For a long time, we were at war with each other. But now, we’ve called a truce, and we have this – a beer of relative peace. One quiet beer, which to savor. Come morning, our heads will be pounding and our relationship might not survive beyond that. But we don’t know about that yet. What we know is that right now, in this moment, there is an opportunity to drink something.
    I play this game ALL THE TIME. Just didn't know it had a name.


  • (Awesome title for this thread, btw.)
    Yes! Seconded.

  • edited July 2013
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  • edited July 2013

    (Awesome title for this thread, btw.)
    Yes! Seconded.

    Thanks!

    Some great tweakings there- keep 'em coming!

    Bread - You have a loaf of bread on the table and every time you take a slice to make a sandwich you find yourself having to work harder to find a suitable sandwich filling. Will you make sandwiches before the loaf goes stale or will the lack of fillings frustrate you to the point of attacking the bread and knocking it on the floor?
    I already got a hack for that:

    Bread of Night
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  • edited July 2013
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    Do you know, all joking aside I think this is doable. Write it dude!

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  • edited July 2013
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