Why even play these games in the first place? Ask around, and you might receive a myriad of answers: the social atmosphere, the fantastical settings, the crunchy mechanics.
Sooner or later, though, it all comes back to the story: the ones we tell it with, and the ones we tell it for. We are narrative-driven creatures; the story pulses through our veins, beats against our bones. What better way to celebrate that than to help each other tell it—to help the story become its truest potential self?
The Dramaturg is a system-agnostic playbook for use in tabletop games. Rather than playing the GM or an individual character, the Dramaturg takes on the role of an outside audience member, focusing on connecting the players and their characters to the story's broader narrative throughlines. The playbook riffs on traditional dramaturgical practices in order to support the storytellers—the players—in keeping their play grounded, dramatic, and true to the game that they want to tell.
Made for the August 2019 Lead Roll Jam, hosted by jackdawfactories.