Friday, November 4, 2011

Remember, Remember...

Remember, remember, the fifth of November:
The gunpowder, treason, and plot.
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Who all our there uses political coups (failed or successful) and conspiracy theories (true or false) in their story lines?  I've found them to be a great element in games and stories, bringing with them tension, suspense, and getting caught up in events and powers beyond one's control.  They also provide one with an opportunity to identify with causes or reflect on the problematic of political causes.


  1. My favourite example of national memory in action. When treasonous Catholics would've snuffed out our fledgling democracy and thrust us back into superstitious medievalism. Hurrah for democracy and justice! Down with traitors and terrorists!

    Except "Guy" wasn't a traitor, he was a Portuguese mercenary, and he wasn't caught by a fledling democracy but by Cecil's terrifying secret police. So it's kind if my Stalinist children's holiday.

  2. ...oh yeah, and the whole "Catholics aren't modern" thing you still find in a lot of Anglophone historiography.

    Sorry about the typos. I'm using a phone and for some reason it's not letting me go back and edit.

  3. No problem: Comments with the odd typo are much preferable to the chorus of crickets!