|FATE: FUDGE Amber Tabletop Entertainment||Born to be Kings|
Deborah says "Have you ever ridden a rollercoaster backwards?"
The fat lady has sung. Now we wait for quotes.
How Do We Get So Many Quotes?
One of the most curious things I've discovered over time with the advent of this game is the rather extended audience we've managed to pick up for our quotes. I am told we have entire sections of some companies reading our quotes as a way to break the humdrum of the workday.
That said, I thought it would be worthwhile to make some space to give credit where it's due. Were it not for the constant vigilance and dedicated efforts of Deborah Donoghue, Sybil's player, none of this would be possible.
When Deborah volunteered to take quotes during our first session, I thought she'd write down the occasional pithy remark that caused folks to crack up, that sort of thing. We'd have, what, maybe twelve quotes in a session, and that would be good. I forgot two things when I formed this initial impression. First, my players compose the six wisest asses I know, and generate bon mots like soda factories produce cans. Second, Deborah's maniacal devotion to productivity, efficiency, and detail. I've rarely been more happy about being so off the mark.
Since then, every session has had a constant soundtrack -- under the one that I build and play off my laptop -- of Deborah's machine-gun rapidfire typing on her own laptop. The result is tens of kilobytes of text that is sufficiently complete that maintaining an additional log of session summaries just hasn't seemed necessary. But, it's Deborah. She doesn't stop there.
After each session begins the long and nontrivial process of Deborah converting her quotes-taking shorthand into a thing of entertainment. Deborah's the one who recreates the feel of the moment by annotating each quote, giving it a sense of place and context. Without those, these things would not be the kind of thing that entire departments sit down and read like it's a new issue of a favorite comic book. The truest tribute to her work, I think, is that our quotes get quoted, out of context, and with some frequency. And that's just neat.
|Original material contained herein © 2000, 2001 by Fred Hicks|