The Old Yet Recently Updated Game “People With Problems”

  1. David August Jones.  He is a surgeon with a successful practice removing the limbs from apotemnophiliacs, people who don’t feel happy unless they have someone remove their limb.  Now the state he lives in has said that voluntary limb removal is illegal, they want to shut down his clinic.  And he is saving money to marry his girlfriend.
  2. Milinda Guo.  She has just completed a hundred and twenty thousand word manuscript of a science fiction book about a world of people trying to construct an enormous tunnel.  It’s the middle of the night and she has just woken up and realized a flaw in her novel.  A character who on page 100 acts in a way such that he could not possibly know that the race of engineers the Bloots are actually evil, on page 400 realizes that he knew about the evil of the Bloots all along.  The manuscript is due in the morning; it is too late to change. If she does not hand it in she will lose her home.
  3. Thongsak Vajiprasee.  His Dad is dead, his brother has stolen the family fish farm, he’s all alone, and people blame him for not being a better son.  He has no idea what to do next.
  4. Ally.  She has a sick imagination. Every time she tries to imagine what she will do next her imagination is no good; it comes up with options that are unworkable, morally wrong, esthetically repugnant or all three.
  5. You, the player of this game whose job is to figure out how each of these people with a problem can solve the problems of the rest and thereby earn release from the Donjon of the King of Games, Lord Tarabakay himself!

One thought on “The Old Yet Recently Updated Game “People With Problems”

  1. Easy: it’s Ally! Two reasons. First, in middle school I had a crush on a girl named Ally, so I like the name. Second, since she always comes up with options that are wrong, the others can just do the opposite of what she recommends — like “opposite George” on Seinfeld, if you remember that bit. George’s decisions were always wrong, so he decided to start doing the opposite of what he’d normally do. It worked like a charm.

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