The Miss LA Chinatown Missing! role-playing game written by me and Sabrina for my Global Chinatowns class at Duke has kicked into high gear the past two days, with the chatrooms busy with chatter between factions, “media” snooping around for interviews and exclusives, and a flurry of cc’d “in character” emails flying back and forth, filling up my inbox. The majority of the posts and chats have been about alliance building, crafting the winning project proposal, courting good press, and ferreting out hidden backstories—but occasionally, there were gems like the one above.
When the teaching staff chortled over a different character’s audaciously demonstrative emoticon sign-off (in a missive to a woman he needs to win over to his faction), he explained:
"I’m bad at flirting with imaginary people sorry"
Students in the class will find out finally which of their classmates they’ve been virtually bantering and scheming with, when they arrive, character name tags affixed, in the classroom for our live session tomorrow. Though it might not be any easier flirting with imaginary people in person, either.
The Miss LA Chinatown Missing! Game, aka The Chinatown Game, will be in session tomorrow at 3pm, in Trent Hall 040 (Duke University). Stop by and gawk at us if you’re interested.