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  1. Rei
    Rei May 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm |

    Have to say, the stereotypes made me really uncomfortable; it was one of the reasons I didn’t feel I could play my first character and asked to swap to someone I felt was malleable enough to fit. I’ve not had the experience of living on a council estate myself, but plenty of people at my (mixed northern state) school, including my first boyfriend, have, and the exaggerated portrayal really bothered me. While I also think the players didn’t make it too bad, I’d really rather some of it had been written differently.
    I’d be curious to play the Blackpool one I think; I found it really difficult to play without enough of a starting plot to push off from. I’d like to see if the workshop would be helpful for me.

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    1. Mo
      Mo May 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm |

      Mm, having read the characters now, it looks to me like the players in our game did generally to some extent downplay the stereotypes as written, to make the portrayals less unkind.

      Blackpool does also depend on having a decent bunch of players around you, to generate good starting plot in the sense that you mention: but because you’re all building the structure together by mutual agreement in the first place, there’s less chance of introducing character or plot elements that people aren’t comfortable with, and you’ve automatically got some reasons to talk to people about specific things. I think you’d enjoy it!

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