turned to mobile apps for help. I still haven't found the perfect solution
for solo gaming on the go (I'd write a Mythic GME app if I only had time).
But I have discovered that there are now tools for playing Microscope on the go.
An official Microscope app called the Microscope Journal has been
created by Trey Marshall. After messing around with various outlining apps (CarbonFin's Outliner being my favorite), I was amazed to discover that this app was even available. It was exactly what I was looking for.
The Microscope Journal is a young app that clearly has room to grow but it already does so much. It basically guides you through one or more concurrent games of Microscope, tracking who's turn it is and recording all the periods, events, and scenes as if you were laying out your index cards on a giant table. I'm totally going to use this the next time I play Microscope face-to-face. But better yet, I can now "play" solo on my commute with nothing but my iPhone (using invented personas to make the game more than just a writing exercise).
Two features that I'd love to see in future updates of the software:
- An additional notes field associated with periods, events, and scenes to record additional details to help job the memory.
- The ability to export to OPML (or some other format) so that games can be transferred between devices or loaded into writing tools like Scrivener as the first steps of a writing project.
For those of you who are curious, I'm through the worst of the business travel and family obligations that basically obliterated my creative life in April. I *hope* to be posting much more frequently now because actually creating stuff and interacting with other members of the community is good for my sanity/soul.