"Until the Lions have their own historians,
the history of the hunt will always glorify the Hunter. "
THE STORY SHARING GAME CREATOR
On who the Story Sharing Game is perfect for...
On why if you like role playing games,
you're ready for a me playing game !
"I didn't fail. It was a learning experience."
I’ve started and led lots of small projects in my life, creating classes, community events, writing projects, and tiny film shoots. Some of them have had abrupt endings ! But I’ve never felt I failed (even when I've been frustrated).
I’m a spiritual person (not religious). I believe my calling is to shape new kinds of storytelling resources for people like me -- wounded early .
Hey, Why Can't We Be Our Own Niche Market ?!
I was left both advanced and stunted for the first half of my life, while my family still won't talk. Now it's rich material for me as the writer/teacher/artist.
“When you can’t find someone to follow,
you have to find a way to lead by example.”
- Roxanne Gay
What I've learned from facing up on my own to the memories of bad things -- Is I'm stronger than them ! Because I'm the one living in the moment and telling the story. I control the story -- it's heat and palette, the details and punctuations, I control ! That can be wicked fun ! All the good games have darkness -- moats and dragons, imprisonments and explosions.
The Story Sharing Game is the place where you tell your story anyway you want ! Choose a silly situation or dark, make unhappiness funny or turn truth to fantasy ! It's your story. You'll be the one acting it out when you share. You are in control.
I’ve never heard of a game like the Story Sharing Game*. But then I didn’t grow up in a family that played fun games together. My first introduction to playing games was in my first career as a crisis counselor, and after that studying acting. Then I met true friends who taught me how to play games for fun! The Story Sharing Game fuses elements from all these types of game playing.
*What games do you recommend I look at ?
So yeah, how to introduce the Story Sharing Game is confusing; that's why I'm saying a lot. A few who I have shown it to have responded like resistors to the vaccine – I’m strong ! I don’t need that (and it’s going to make me sick). For sure, the Lessons mention the kind of personal roadblocks we might have to telling our stories, and list dark subjects among a long list of topics for stories. But hey, for people like me, it can actually be a relief if we want to talk about dark memories -- and we don't have to ! Having fun is front and center in the Game ! You won’t understand that by reading instructions; you have to play it !
“Examine what is said, not who is speaking."
- African Proverb
Who am I to launch a new commercial game ?! Goggle me and many will give me a knee-jerk dismissal as a relic who doesn't have social media cred. For the record, I'm a just-surviving Black woman, long-time living alone with two cat friends (YoYo and Max). I’m the last rent-stabilized tenant in my building (and the landlord wants me gone). Part of my plan to help me achieve my first-year goals for the Story Sharing Game is to start collecting SS at 65 in December. Can I be any more naked?
But I believe in the potential of the Story Sharing Game ! To sum up, I’m a Capricorn and my first hero was Rosa Parks (and yes I have her pic up, along with Basquiat, Lena Waithe, and Frida).
I can only launch the Game in a way that is natural and interesting to me! And hope I'll find the strays here and there who get it – who want to get it. This is also me having fun with my multi-layered ideas and colorful retro collage artwork and design ! As an artist and creator, I look forward to your feedback, and hope I might even find collaborators !
The Lessons are a course to be done over weeks !
So don’t scroll
down quickly over the sections and think you're
getting it !
Lessons are best done with a hard copy in each player's hand to take notes on.
them for free,
or even better
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“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”
-- Sue Monk Kidd
"MY GREAT AMBITION? NOT TO BE AN EXPERT!
I want to be a knowledgeable peer who my peers -- other working adults -- learn to trust, as the Story Sharing Game teaches them to share the countless ways
we ordinary people can be extraordinary."
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED --
(and we can record it if we want)
One year goal...
is taking the first step even when
you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.