Dancing Across the Universe

By Aaron Vanek

The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.

–Agnes de Mille (American dancer and choreographer, 1905-1993)

As Earth came crashing down, the planet cast an ark into the deep dark infinite void of space. Hope rested on multiple generations of families that, one day, hundreds or maybe thousands of years from now, they would discover a new home suitable for humanity to grow again. Unknown challenges await, and mankind’s ultimate destiny rests in the hands of our children, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

This scenario is an experimental freeform-inspired role-playing game based on the new [i] Songlines [/i] system. It combines aspects of GM-less larping, dice rolling, and crafting through pre-written scenes selected by a randomized musical playlist. This will be a condensed version of the full adventure yet still features fast-paced thrills, dramatic debates, poignant introspection and philosophical inquiry, all scored to music.


Expected duration of play: Two hours

Number of players: Five to seven, with one facilitator (can be a player)

Tags: Music (which the players do not need to recognize nor understand), science fiction, freeform

Player type: Someone able and eager to shift their heart, mind, and soul from first gear to fifth and then reverse and still not break anything.

Game master type: The facilitator should have experience with Spotify, preferably an account, and the ability to read English text.

About the designer: Aaron lives in Los Angeles.

Languages: English and Danish