A few monthes ago, a (female) friend of mine, who’s been playing RPG games for at least 15 years, came to me with an idea: to build an RPG campaign with no hubbies or boyfriends. Apparently, in a conversation with her sister, the question arose that the female players in our group of friends were only playing RPG games with and becase of their husbands and boyfriends. So we decided to test the idea and got a female group of players together for a PtA season. We decided we wanted a male producer, but it had to be someone who wasn’t envolved with anyone of the players.
We put up an ad in the portuguese RPG forum and a couple of candidates to the producer role replied. After some interviews and a healthy discussion between the players, we decided we would have two producers, alternating episodes on a “L-word” meets “Desperate Housewifes” meets any generic beach located character centered series. Simple project, hey?
I admit I had some doubts about the feasability of the project. Specially, because summer vacations got in the way and we didn’t seem to be able to find a common date to start the season, for a couple of monthes. My friend’s persistence had won over all our qualms so, last saturday, nonetheless, we played our pilot episode.
For those who are familiar with PtA, you know that a lot rides on the pilot. If a chosen concept doesn’t work, the pilot will surely provoke its undoubtable demise . Truth be told, I was expecting it to be so on this pilot. The concept for the series was complicated and a little (or maybe more than that ) crazy, there were several people at the table who had never played together, so there wasn’t much going for it.
I bow in eternal reverence to my friend, because I had the time of my life on that pilot, and most important, everyone around the table seem to have the time of their lives too. Enacting the love troubles between a group of very different women, that all they had in common was the fact that they were all lesbians was a blast.
Better than that, we are all, as far as I know, heterossexual. And it dawned on me that people in love are people in love, no matter their sexual orientation. Their character and their traits are going to determine how they react to situations much more than the fact they’re same sex lovers. The stupid and hilarious situations people get themselves into over sex are exactly the same.
So, the game’s afoot. I’ll continue reporting on our PtA season, as it unfolds. We’ll be changing producer for the first episode, and I’m curious to know how this two producers situation will play out.