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Another Day in the Lab • 2018 rpg

Matthew L • no link

-----Premise-----
3 players perform an experiment on an anomalous artefact. 
AUTHORITY plays the off-site bureaucrat, *and* narrates laboratory conditions.
PROCEDURE plays the on-site scientist conducting the experiment. 
SUBJECT, plays a clueless human assistant, *and* narrates the experimental results.

-----Setup-----
AUTHORITY gives PROCEDURE a vague prompt.
Example: "Good morning. Ready to begin testing the artefact found under the Arctic ice?"  

PROCEDURE expands on prompt to describe the artefact. 
Example: "We're ready. Artefact-297 is a small floating cube of obsidian." 

-----Gameplay loop-----
PROCEDURE decides what to do (may consult with others).
AUTHORITY may comment/protest, PROCEDURE may proceed/reconsider.
SUBJECT(s) narrates results (and controls any replacement assistants, if needed). 

-Example-

PROCEDURE: "Subject-451, please remove your insulated glove and touch the cube."

AUTHORITY: *nods* "Go Ahead."

SUBJECT: "Okay... %&@#! It burnt my hand!"

PROCEDURE: "Interesting... Let's take an x-ray."

AUTHORITY: "No; introducing radiation is too dangerous."

PROCEDURE: "Sorry, but it is worth the risk."

SUBJECT:  "Uh, it's starting to glow..."

-----Game end-----  
Game ends when AUTHORITY and/or PROCEDURE definitively declare as such.
If both agree to stop, AUTHORITY narrates.
PROCEDURE may simply cease working, then SUBJECT(s) narrates. 
AUTHORITY may call security/nukes/whatever to terminate the experiment, then PROCEDURE narrates.  
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Author Comments

This game of discover and/or horror is inspired by: reading the “The SCP Foundation”; hearing some anecdotes about how “Kingdom” is played; and my experience with one of my favourite 200 Word RPGs from past years, “KillByNumbers”.

I’ve play tested a few versions of this and found it worked fairly well.

I put effort into splitting up the executive power of the three players.
I especially like how SUBJECT controls the weakest character, however they arguably have the most narrative power, for they define what actually happens as the result of experimentation.

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