Dialect Role-Playing Game Up On Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Nov 22nd, 2016

Language is ever-changing. Go read some original Shakespeare and see how much of it you understand. I mean, it’s still English. Just not the version you or I are really used to. Groups in isolation tend to come up with their own words and phrases (aka – jargon) that mean very specific things to that group. Dialect is a roleplaying game that explores how language is created, how it grows, and how it can change everyday interactions. It’s also up on Kickstarter now.

In the game, players will take on the roles of characters in some isolated environment. There will be certain aspects of the environment that will put pressure on the group and will help direct how people act. You’ll then come up with words, including their etymology, and have conversations with the group using those words. Basically, you’ll be creating jargon and showing how it’s used and how it can even change over time.

The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now. They’re, oh, about 35x their starting goal, with still 19 days left on the clock.


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  • odinsgrandson

    If you think Shakespeare is different from our language, check out some Chaucer.

    Or read Beowulf. That one is still English, but it is absolutely not our language.

    • Oh, I have. Trust me, I have. *shudder*
      It was weird because, as you say, it was English and so you feel you should know what you’re reading, and occasionally you can make out bits and phrases and such, but overall, it’s just a mess.

      Now, the difference being hearing it, rather than trying to read it. One of my English professors way back in the day read some Chaucer to us. I don’t want to seem all, “it was better back in the day” but the language did have a bit more… I dunno… “style” to it back then. I dunno. Probably just that it was “new” (to us students) and “different” that really made it seem that way.