Japan, 1633. The HRS uses poetry to stir and organize an uprising against the isolationist Shogun. Rebels' punishment is death. 3-6 players create a rebel each with one verse. Verses must be 3 to 5 words long. One player is the Shogun (first verse "Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu"). REBELS. Talk in first person. Describe quotidianity, people's problems, meetings. When you find fuel for the uprising, write a verse about it. SHOGUN. Listen. Show isolationism; tease rebels. When a rebel: - talks about uprisings; or - pronounces forbidden words, write a verse about it. PLAYERS. Recite a finished haiku (3 consecutive verses). If it has a Kigo (seasonal reference) or kireji (oxymoron or caesura), you explain: - the uprising advancement [delete one of the Shogun's verses]; or - isolation laws' enactment [forbid a 4+ letters word; delete it from rebels' verses]; Otherwise, you describe: - the uprising advancement with casualties or problems [rewrite one of the Shogun's verses]. or - new tax's imposition [rebels delete a word per tax from haikus they recite]. UPRISING. When Shogun's haikus reach 200+ undeleted words, rebels write two haiku each, describing: - their arrest; and - if their haikus reached 200+ undeleted words, part of a successful uprising. Then rebels suffer death sentence.
A very special thanks to Francesco Zani, who helped me A LOT with the syntax of the game! I want also to thanks my collegues at Storie di Ruolo: Edoardo, Vanessa, Ivan, Giuseppe, Chiara and Luca. A final thanks to all people on Facebook, G+, Telegram (expecially the GDR Unplugged chatroom) and other social network who read it and help me in some way.