Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-07-01 23:06:30
Imaginary RPG: You are all itinerant portraitists who have discovered the same style, which is, well, kind of edgy, but might appeal to Catholic authorities seeking to make a bold statement in the vanguard of the Counter-Reformation. Each of you is trying to leave the most memorable works and be hailed as the original, the others mere copyists. THE REAL MICHAEL ANGELO* *no, not that Michelangelo** Each character is named Michael Angelo with a different surname, in proper or macaronic Italian, that alludes to the player's place or conditions of birth. It is not unknown for women to be named after the Archangel, either. You earn money by taking Church commissions, There is a table of religious subjects, which specify the models needed, possibility for giving theological offense, and drama factor. The more edgy you make the painting, the more likely it will be rejected, but also that it will contribute to your reputation as The Original Michael Angelo. Rejected paintings are bought at a discount by discerning nobles, with a chance of being forgotten for centuries. The more you are paid, the more money you have, which helps you pay for materials, a garret, and models. The remainder falls out of your fingers, going toward indulgence of your models' whims, carousing, gambling at tennis, and entering a holy lay order (which will increase your reputation). But the more you indulge in these four, the greater chance you get in a brawl or stab someone, which can result in loss of friends, imprisonment, exile, and/or death. Staying in a place helps you build patrons, connections, models, etc., but the one who leaves a place first is more likely to be seen as the "original" and the others just "followers." Thus there is a gradual, elongated odyssey from the lasagne al forno of the Po Valley, through Rome, to the lasagne di carnavale of the Two Sicilies, where Spanish patrons fat with the silver of the Indies await. ** Michael Angelo Caravaggio
Richard G @ 2019-07-02 04:52:33
this is the most beautiful thing I’ve read in some time. The Italo Calvino entry in a book of collected game proposals. Michael Kirkbride will have to provide the Ben Marcus game. I might just about be able to take a stab at an Iain Banks or Tim Powers game.
Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-07-02 06:34:37
Thanks! The inspiration came from our recent trip to Florence and Naples I was struck by the practice of padding out Caravaggio exhibitions with I Can't Believe It's Not Caravaggio (tm). The copyists hang over every attempt to authenticate new canvases and I thought they might have a more interesting role than historically was the case.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-07-03 09:37:23
By the way: even the real Michelangelo is two Michelangelo. There is Michelangelo Buonarroti, best known as Michelangelo, and Michelangelo Caravaggio, best known as Caravaggio.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-07-03 09:37:42
We should put together a zine.
Richard G @ 2019-07-03 18:27:05
Lloyd Neill @ 2019-07-04 17:41:42
Wonderful. @Richard G as much as I’d like to see a game in the style of Banks, I suspect it’s just D&D. His work has a similar level of weird, picaresque and body count to Vance.
Luka @ 2019-07-05 03:16:25
This was lovely! :D
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