December 17th, 2004


The Gaming Iceberg.

Hemmingway's work has often been refered to has being like an Iceberg, where you only see the top 20% or whatever, and the rest of it is hidden away, beneath the water or in between the lines, as the case may be. (Now I'd argue that Hemmingway just sucked, but that's a whole different topic.)

I've realized lately that at least in my experience, and with my group, gaming is much the same. When I get to play, unless I'm playing a character who's completely outgoing or completely stupid, there's usually a good deal of thought and emotion going on in my head that never really gets expressed to the GM or other players. They might think "Hey, Onoros is the quiet loner type." and I'm thinking "Damn, I can't believe I'm literally the only one of my tribe. Now I'm never going to retire to that seaside fishing village of my people that I always imagined when I was growing up with these light skinned people. And that whole thing with the goddesses just destroys my entire belief system. Fuck."

Now, unless my character suddenly becomes talkative, or I do some in character blue booking that displays my internal monologue, all of that is hidden from the other players and the GM.

I've realized this because most of the players in my group post In Character entries to their livejournal after each session. And frequently I as the GM read them and think "wow! I didn't realize they thought that! That's really cool."

Which leads me finally to my question. Other than having everyone play completely extroverted characters, and in character journal entries, what are ways to peek beneath the surface and see the rest of the iceberg?

Enquiring minds want to know.
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