RPGaDay – Day 7: Most “intellectual”RPG owned
Short Answer: The Play’s the Thing, Magpie Games.
Long Answer: The Play’s the Thing is proof that an intellectual game isn’t necessarily complicated. Simply picking the right setting and context is enough.
In case you missed my (p)review of the game back in 2012, here’s a quick summary. The players take on the roles of actors who are about to perform a Shakespearean play. Unlike a normal performance, each of the actors is willing to do whatever it takes to twist the play’s plot in their favour. Lines change and props ‘accidentally’ disappear, resulting in a finale that is surprisingly different from the traditional story.
This game is an excellent tool for English teachers who are looking for a new way to introduce students to the work of the Bard. It does help to have a little foreknowledge of the plays, but it’s always a good idea to know the rules before you break them.