Posts tagged “performance

AURELIA Week 4 Highlights!

It’s that time again. Time for a quick peek at what the Aurelians are up to! From damsels in distress to misunderstandings to devious and dangerous alliances — we’ve got it all.

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Story Momentum In Aurelia: Who’s Pushing Whom?

TempleTragedy_AurelianGazetteToday, as Aurelia’s showrunner, I encountered yet another plot twist in this adventure of interactive storytelling.

The actors didn’t need me.

Don’t get me wrong: I have plenty to do to keep the show together. But right now, actors’ individual and collaboratively-conspired plots have taken center stage. The action is moving on its own. So much so, that I’ve purposely held off the next meta-story plot point, while actors continue to respond to what they developed themselves last week.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet . . . I’m not sad about this!

So how is it that actors work together to build momentum? Largely, it’s by nurturing “stories-within-the-story” that they initiate as their characters rub shoulders in the world of Aurelia. These interactions can take many forms:

1. Direct requests

Whether or not they’ve agreed ahead of time, Aurelians often make direct requests to one another in their videos. This is one of the easiest ways for a new actor to engage other actors and get plugged in. By targeting another character and asking them to join a cause or offer help, actors spark new mini-stories and run with them—with plenty of clever results.

2. Insults or challenges

Nothing sparks drama like a little old-fashioned rivalry. Of course, to maintain the fun, actors must be able to clearly separate character-to-character animosity from real-life disagreement. Often before posting an inter-character assault, the initiating actor will contact the recipient backstage to let them know the affront is of course entirely IC (in character).

3. Events

Some actors have begun experimenting with holding IC events. Currently, our playwright “Josus Thimblewick” is preparing to open his new play The Calamitous Siren, an entirely in-world enterprise. Another character, nobleman “Gervain Khorvanus,” posted an invitation to a social at his estate. The actor playing Gervain wants to experiment with holding this social as a mass roleplay via Google Hangout, a recording of which would be uploaded to the Theatrics site.

Story momentum in Aurelia has been gathering steam (pun intended!) quite nicely on its own. With all these deals, insults, and invitations flying around . . . the only question this showrunner now has is: “How do I keep it all straight in my head?”

Oh — and by the way, there’s PLENTY of room for YOU to come join the fun!

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It’s Launch Day! Welcome to Aurelia

The big day has arrived. This morning, AURELIA: Edge of Darkness show site went live for the whole world to view and participate! Hurry on over to see what’s been brewing around town. And while you’re at it, applaud these 16 citizens who entered Aurelia and made it their own—many of them, before they even really knew what it was. We would have never made it this far without our crew! Congratulations to them. (And now, go watch them PERFORM!)

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Beta Week 2 Highlight Reel

Our intrepid actors have been busy building their stories, one post at a time. Take a peek behind the scenes—and get a taste of the alliances and rivalries, scandals and secrets already emerging inside AURELIA. This Wednesday, July 17th, you’ll finally be able to browse the show site yourself!

 


Beta Week 1 Performance Highlights

It’s that time! Time to show off our citizens—the crazy, the clever, and the creepy—who’ve already made Aurelia home. Meet them in this brief highlight reel, then take the plunge by joining them! Email aureliashow@gmail.com for your private invitation to participate in our beta episodes.