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January 03, 2007

I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind

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Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy. That will do to explain my secret, as well as the other. I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there, had not brought Heathcliff so low I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.

Surpassing Vampire: The Masquerade, the aptly named Phillippe Tromeur has created the sine qua non of romantigoth role-playing: Wuthering Heights. Now, if only I could find some victims players for a game. The rules look straightforward...

Wuthering Heights is seven pages of rules and a character sheet in PDF format, distributed free off the internet from the author's site (a longer version is available in French). I've been wanting to play it for a couple of years, and especially so since its recent revision in March 2001. It's intended for pure celebration, or perhaps parody, of the distraught, uptight dramas of the Bronte sisters and their ilk. For instance, one element of character creation is identifying what about your player-character "floats in the wind." Or, similarly, the best possible mental and physical states are Worried and Tired; i.e. no one is ever Happy or Fine in the Wuthering Heights world.

Oh, go on then, here's Kate Bush.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 3, 2007 07:07 AM

Comments

Are you intending to play Heathcliff or the more dashing and refined Edgar Linton?

Perhaps I already know the answer to that question.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2007 11:18 AM

I would rather be Henry Baskerville; I much prefer Dartmoor.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2007 12:02 PM

Egad Herr Flea.. I have RP'd Turtles, spies, Clerics and Ventrue but a distraught wreck of an Emotional Englishman.. Methinks I shall pass. :)

Unless of course I can pull a freakout on the other players and drain some vitae half way through their rambling soliloquay about the sadness of stones and marmalade..

What I want is to start playing V:TM again when we move back to Ktown but my selection of playmates as viewed as ye old gaming shops is a bit say, um, nerdly and frightful even for me..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2007 06:34 PM

Hence my commitment to gaming solely with goths. Or hot nerd girls.

Ahh... but to combine the two!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2007 07:06 PM

As long as the women and men who play with you have to dress in period costume. Now that would be fun.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 4, 2007 04:04 AM

Hot nerd girls. That sounds enthralling. ;-)

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2007 01:21 AM