Thursday, August 23, 2012

Game Based on the Psychotic Experience of Man of La Mancha

I watched the musical with my family yesterday "The Man of La Mancha".  Now I have not yet before seen the musical (and we still have a little left to watch) but I can tell you that I thought that it was a riot!  The idea of the guy charging headlong at the windmill when he thought it was a giant all the while listening to his 'squire'  speak encouraging words. He charges the windmill and as one would expect he falls off his horse.  Then ensues a very funny bit where he is spinning around on the arms of the windmill shouting 'have at thee' and phrases from Authorian medieval times.

The idea is a very famous one.  In fact, the book was written in 1605 and the plan in 1968.  Check it out for yourself here! Man of La Mancha.

The premise is that a Spanish/Mexican man having become fed up with the injustices of society snaps and transforms himself into a knight of the old world.  He rides off and has all manner of adventures.

What if there was a campaign whereby the players were anachronistically acting out scenes from ancient greece or rome while set in a medieval time?  Or one that is set in modern age and has the players being from medieval times?  I think it would be a hoot.  They would of course all be nuts but it would be a riot to run such a game.  So who wants to play something like that?

4 comments:

  1. All of my wargaming plans appear to have hatched in the addled brain of a madman.

    Seriously, though, I adore Man of La Mancha as well! Dulcinea, Dulcinea, I see Heaven when I see thee, Dulcinea!!

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    1. One little correction based on wikipedia "It tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition" Special note the Spanish inquisition NEVER took place in mexico but was purely a historical event in Spain to rid the country of Moors from the recent rule of Muslims and other "heretics". So no "mexicans" would be involved in this story.

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    2. Actually for whatever reason the musical had that in there.

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  2. Andy last night in the steampunk dragonlance game one of the players failed her wisdom check when researching the king in yellow. I told her she saw everything as semi schizophrenia.

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