"Gothic… hidden… behind the veneer of virtue." (Edgar Allan Poe)

Gothic Consequences, November 21–24, 2013, Naish Holiday Village, Christchurch, Dorset
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Hollywood Lives: Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

“It’s a one for the money, a two for the show…” with the words of the King echoing in their ears the moguls of Tinseltown were not slow to put one and two together to get keen youngsters and young at heart to come to the movies. And how do they do that? Why make films that reflect the lives of their hippest young customers. A bit of snarling rebellion here; some dropping out of the rat-race to embrace a cause there; a soupcon of the odd trippy experiment with interesting substances; an exploration of sexual boundaries (not to say taste); and all washed down with a soundtrack provided by the latest pop and rock sensations… Nothing could possibly go wrong!

Youth-oriented movies would (mostly) never claim to be at the pinnacle of the art form. But they are vital in establishing – the cynical might say exploiting – the feel and mood of the era in which they were made. So let’s make movies that make the audience want to rip up the seats and dance in the aisles! To drop out and tune in! To blow your mind! From the golden era of the fifties to the seventies whatever the movie the song, as they say, remains the same.

In the Hollywood Lives: Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll each game round requires the players to make a movie from the golden era of youth culture. There will be two rounds, so you get to make a pair of movies. The movies available will come from a wide swathe of genres, to suit all tastes.

So, it’s time to don your blue suede shoes/kaftan/white spangly suit (delete as applicable) and put on a pair of your coolest shades. Down with those fuddy-duddy spoil-sports, we’ll do the show right here!...

For those of you who are new to Hollywood Lives, this is great way to kick off your weekend at Consequences. Players take the role of actors appearing in two movies. Once you are cast, it’s your task to devise the trailer to that movie – as we know all the really good movies explain everything in their trailers. You get to watch the trailers created by the other teams and then to vote on them in the Academy Awards – so be ready with that acceptance speech! Some players try to become the highest star in the firmament, while others turn movie producer and grab as much cash as they can… but however you play the main goal is to have fun!

Hollywood Lives is by Kevin Jacklin and Reiner Knizia.

  Hollywood Lives Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll In each round, three or four movie trailers will be produced. Here are some of the most likely titles (although further suggestions are welcome).

Round One: • Blue Suede Floozie • Let it Beat • Saturday Night Coma • Dopestock • The Hippy Sheik • Chase the Dragon

Round Two: • Hair-Wash • Summer Vacation • Hello Cleveland! • Porn Free • Hey, Hey We’re the Junkies! • Barbiturella

Props & Costuming: The Hollywood Lives props & hats collection – including the infamous shrunken elephant’s-trunk masks – will be available to players at Consequences to add extra dimensions to you movie trailer. Players are encouraged to bring along with them whatever they think suitable (e.g. space ray-guns, cloaks, masks etc.) – especially if you know which trailer you have a mind to appear in!

Male Casting… • Hywel Bailey • Smokey Barley-Water • Sean Flannery • Vin Gasoline • Albert Hatchplot • Steve McSheen • L.V. Priestly • Cliff Reckless • Michael Payne • John Revolta

Female Casting… • Ursula Andrex • Doris Daley • Jane Fondant • Penny Laine • Lisa Martinelli • Aretha Mint • Olivia Newtron-Bombe • Julie Salts • Lauren Sofia • Una Stumps

Extra Casting… • Kim Catnap • Jan Dean • A.A. Eveready • Noel Howard • Pat McNeehan • Lee Marvel • Jean Norman • Chris Plumbline • C.C. Senior • Alex Stout • Chubby Zucchini

Casting: let me know if there is anyone in particular who you would like to portray, and if they are not already taken then I’ll be happy to allocate them to you. But don’t worry if you turn up on the night uncast – you won’t be disadvantaged in any way.

Author(s):Kevin Jacklin and Reiner Knizia
Game EMail:hollywood AT convivium DOT org DOT uk
GM(s):
Kevin Jacklin    jacklink AT convivium DOT org DOT uk
Lead GM:Kevin Jacklin
Organization:Convivium
Game System:n/a
Information for Players:Not aware of any issues, although the theme for Hollywood Lives this time is indicative!
Home Page:www.hollywood-lives.com
Male Players:Min: 4 / Max: 10
Female Players:Min: 4 / Max: 10
Neutral Players:Min: 2 / Max: 10
Total Players: Min: 10 / Max: 30
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Jacklin, Kevin

Kevin has been playing in, writing, producing and promoting freeform games for more than 20 years. A successful trilogy of co-written games, beginning with Home of the Bold in 1992 were the mainstay of the Convulsion convention, and introduced many stalwarts of the UK Freeforms group to the genre. Kevin produced the first UK weekend-long game of Cafe Casablanca under the Convivium banner in 1995. Kevin also enjoys boardgames, and it is through his association with designer Reiner Knizia that he has devised Hollywood Lives, which aims to meld together the constructive anarchy of freeforms with the world of high-pressure movie production and finance in an entertaining way.