Well, almost, he severely wounded him in a duel - but don't worry, I've given the nurse some "medicine", which will see the deed done. Who am I? Well, I'm the Dark Lady who appears in so many of Will's sonnets. It all started at the Mermaid Tavern....
I had the great fortune to play THW's By Savvy & Steel in a game session titled "Death to the Upstart Crow." The game master was Mike Miller - talk about award winning game master - anyway this game is set in the infamous Mermaid Tavern a few blocks away from the Globe on the wrong side of the river & in the bad part of London Town. Player characters consisted of Edward "Ed" Alleyn, Ben Jonson, Christopher "Kit" Marlowe, the "Dark Lady of the Sonnets", the "Lovely Boy" (a young boy who played women's parts in the plays) and William Shakespeare. About the only scoundrel of the theater not in the game was Richard Burbage.
There were a few notable fictional player characters - Lord Ire, the Dark Lady's husband & a minor nobleman, one Sir Edmumnd Blackadder accompanied by his servant Baldric & his strangely feminine friend "Bob."
The game had assassins, tarts, Papist agents and intrigue - One of my goals was to recover my love letters from Will, but I found incriminating evidence that Kit Marlowe was a Papist instead. Two of my sub-goals were to seduce Ed Alleyn & to take the Lovely Boys virginity. Another of my major goals was to get someone to kill my husband, but that goal was accomplished with little effort - the jealous lout attacked Will in the hallway outside of the tavern's bedrooms. Oh, & I persuaded Blackadder to hand over the stolen sonnets with the tip of my blade. I've never played By Savvy & Steel before, I've always thought of it as being Three Musketeers - but Mike opened obtenir prêt my eyes to the story material in Elizabethan England & especially Shakespeare's plays. This game was every bit as good as the "Tarzan & Queen La of Opar game he ran a few years ago and the "John Carter on Mars" games. If you're going to Millenium Con this year, maybe Mike will run this game there. I don't have any pictures, because I was too caught up in the game. Oh, and instead of a battle board, Mike had this huge multi-story MDF model of the Mermaid Tavern - the entire game took place in the tavern - I guess you could call it a Chillin' Encounter on steroids.
AF, this sounds like an amazing session. To get an idea of how a master like Mike does it, could you tell me which of your goals were given by Mike and which you created for the character?
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