When playing DTD, one of the things that can prove challenging is staying true to the immersive quiet nature of it, while flexing one’s creativity.
If, like me, you prepopulate your playlists for Scenarios, might I suggest the following. Write down some of the names of the artists, as well as any significant locations, details, etc that could prove to be inspirational. So, if a person is looking for a name, allow if come to them organically, or perhaps even hand out the names and details (album name, etc) with each song, quietly, allowing the players to be inspired.
As an example, some details from several songs in a playlist:
- Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Matthieu Hartley, Laurence Andrew “Lol” Tolhurst, Seventeen Seconds
- Ian Burden, Jo Callis, Joanne Catherall, Philip Oakley, Susan Ann Sulley, Philip Adrian Wright, Dare, the album famed rock critic Lester Bangs was listening to when he died from an overdose.
- Polly Jean Harvey, PJ, Flood
And, one does not have to use the names and detail as they are exactly; be inspired. Robert might be Bobbie, Seventeen Seconds might become an integral part of the story, etc.
In an early draft of Dance ‘Til Dawn, this was a major part of game play, if a player needed a name or location, the DJ provided one from details of the song. It, obviously, proved very cumbersome, but I think the idea has some merit as prompt assistance.