So I had a breakthrough on my paper-doll Pygmalion game, Created, yesterday at work. Everything in that post still stands, pretty much.
There are five slots for clothing, right: head, arms, feet, chest, legs. That’s also the order of play, because this is a relationship game. A relationship game where you don’t get under-the-sweater action until the fourth date, apparently. (Not that this game is going to progress in dates.)
The clothes for each slot will be available in two primary colors, and one secondary color. The primaries will represent a personality dichotomy. Example:
Head: Beauty (Yellow) vs. Wit (Red)
Arms: Building (Blue) vs. Performing (Red)
Feet: Grounded (Red) vs. In Clouds (Blue)
Chest: Armored (Red) vs. Bared Heart (Yellow)
Legs: Planted (Blue) vs. Wandering (Yellow)
We’re sticking with primary colors because we’ll need some differentiation for the special third piece of clothing for each slot, which is a secondary color made up of the two primaries. This third piece of clothing (purple, orange, or green depending) represents coming to a halfway point. You can’t start with a piece of secondary clothing, and there is only one piece per clothing slot.
Every time you choose a piece of clothing in character generation, you also write a secret desire/imperfection beneath the piece of clothing which is in opposition to the clothing’s trait. Example: Alexis chooses “Feet: On the ground” on her turn. Beneath the clothing, she writes “I wish you’d dream of something more.” During conflict resolution, when the clothes come off, this secret desire for that character will be revealed.
After resolution, two things happen: first, both characters change the article of clothing for that scene, to reflect how the other person has permanently affected their personality. The change can either be to the opposite color or to the secondary color– but there is only one piece of secondary clothing, so someone changes completely and the other person changes partially.
The second thing that happens is that the desire gets replaced with a lesson. Whereas the desire was written in the voice of the second character, the lesson is written in the voice of the character whose sheet it is.
I realize this is complicated and I’m not explaining super well, because my notes are spotty and I’m not caffeinated. Here is an Example!
Douglas has chosen Armored (Red), and Jenny has chosen Bared Heart (Yellow).
The secret desire written on Jenny’s character by Douglas says “I wish you were less sensitive.”
The secret desire written on Douglas’ character by Jenny says “I wish you’d tell me about your past.”
There’s conflict, which I’ve not written the rules for yet.
Jenny replaces Bared Heart (Yellow) with Armored (Red).
Jenny replaces her desire with a lesson: “I won’t let anyone in.”
Douglas replaces his Armored (Red) with Compromise (Orange).
Douglas replaces his desire with a lesson: “I am not an island.”
Essentially the game is about how we’re profoundly affected by the people we love, whether we want to be or not, and how– no matter how sure you are that you want something– sometimes you can never be sure what it is you want at all.