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Slide Show

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  1. Have a group of five or six players. One is the ‘presenter’ and the others are in the slide show.
  2. Give the presenter a big activity, perhaps a trip through the jungle, a ski trip, family reunion, or the construction of a home.
  3. The presenter is narrating a slide show, describing what happened in each slide, such as, “This is the entire clan at the very edge of the Grand Canyon.”
  4. The other players then create a tableau based on the description.
  5. Sometimes the presenter simply says “Next” and the other players form a new tableau which the presenter must explain as an event. For example, one of the players in the Grand Canyon scene could start falling backwards, causing the presenter to say, “We never did see Grandma again.” Or it could be a totally new tableau, for example everybody laying on the floor, which might inspire the presenter to say, “We learned a valuable lesson–don’t eat cheesecake in the desert unless you want food poisoning.”
  6. When inspired, the presenter can elaborate on characters in the tableau that help progress the story to the next slide. For example, “Notice the second person on the left, she turned out to be a millionaire and invited us to Maui.” Then the next slide might feature hula dancers.

TIPS: The idea is that the story is built both by the presenter, and by the images the other players present in the slides. Encourage players to build on what is suggested rather than just creating exactly what the presenter described. Sometimes a small odd choice can inspire the narrator to more detail. For example, a person facing away from the camera could inspire the presenter to say, “We didn’t know her, but she got in our car, and we spent the next two weeks with her. She turned out to be a perfectly charming werewolf. This was only really a problem during a full moon.”

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