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Friday, March 10, 2006

Best academic game EVER

(With apologies to Lucyrain, who's posted some fine ones of her own over the last few days.)

George Washington Boyfriend and I were on the phone earlier tonight when for some reason we started trying to cast the movie version of The Wizard of Oz using INRU English department senior faculty. At first we were just trying to identify the four main characters, but by the end we'd come up with Toto, the public Oz and the real Oz, Glenda, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the Munchkin Mayor. (We never quite got to the flying monkeys, but I'm working on them.)

Sample conversation:
GWB: So [faculty member] is TOTALLY Toto! He's small, he's yappy.

LL: Ohmigod, yes! But wait: who IS Toto? I mean, he's yappy, and he gets stuffed into a basket and carried around and shit--but isn't he also kind of the movie's truthteller? You know: he's the one who reveals the real Oz, and he gets all up in the face of the Wicked Witch. . .

GWB: So what you're saying is, there's no analogue at INRU.
Play amongst yourselves, and let me know how it goes.

link | posted by La Lecturess at 12:46 AM |


Anonymous What Now? commented at 10:40 AM~  

LL, that is hilarious! I love your analysis of Toto as the truth-teller (and sad that there's thus no analogue at INRU). Too funny.

Blogger StyleyGeek commented at 5:51 AM~  

I sometimes entertain myself at departmental meetings by imagining I have to construct a fantasy role-playing game (e.g. Dungeons and Dragons) party out of the people present. So I have to decide who is the barbarian, who is the rogue, the mage, the cleric, the paladin, etc.

Then you get to come up with little scenarios your party might be exposed to and imagine how they would cope. Mine usually end up pretty quickly getting eaten by something unpleasant while they are all standing around arguing about which spells to cast and who should go first.

Blogger La Lecturess commented at 9:31 AM~  

SG: I love it! I'm going to have to try some version(s) of this game when there are actually people present. Thanks for the suggestion.

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