Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Emergent Play & the Sole Purpose

I listened to Master Plan #18 today, and I completely agree with Ryan on the subject of emergent play. Really, all the stuff I've written on Anthropik has dealt with the "emergent play" that civilization's rules create, and the things I admire about the kinds of tribal societies that inhabit the Fifth World don't come from their explicit rules. They don't tell you to share like we do. Generosity arises from "emergent play" that comes from the way tribes work. While explicitly stated rules always get broken, whether a society's laws or the rules of a game that inevitable get house-ruled, what any system really accomplishes comes from its emergent play.

Everything in the Fifth World has to serve this one purpose: to create an emergent play experience of living in an animistic, feral world.

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