The Triptych

Triptych (trip-tick) n. picture or carving on three panels able to fold over centre; set of three associated works so placed esp. as a centre piece; set of three writing tablets hinged or tied together; a set of three artistic works; such used as an alter piece; a treatise in three parts.

Each year, three respected designers are invited to present a systemless single session module. Each scenario emphasises characterisation, psychological realism and drama. Each game will be judged separately, but teams competing in all three modules will also be eligible for the Triptych Perpetual Trophy.


The games

Mayhem over Manhattan

by Robbie Matthews

See the Devilish Dirigibles of Dr Diabolique battle the Fixed-wing Fury of The Sky Marshals!!!

Watch as the Forces of Good fight for control of the skies over America's great city.

All brought to you by the cutting edge technology of WNBC's steam powered Ornithopter Cameras, bringing the action to YOU in the comfort of you own living room.

A game for a team of five fearless reporters, pilots, lawmen and mad scientists. By Robbie Matthews.

Pheno ratings
Characterisation 4 Genre 4 Rules knowledge n/a
Story/plot 2 Seriousness 2 Adult content G (Clean Cut)


Last Night in Eden

An excursion into Reality TV by Peter Rousell

The Eden Resort is an island paradise far from the troubles of the mundane world. Your every material need is catered for.

You are under constant television surveillance, watched by millions of viewers worldwide.
Potentially, you could live here in luxury for the rest of your life.

All you have to do is keep the public entertained.

You are a star in the world’s first Reality TV Soap Opera.

Eden n. The garden where Adam and Eve first dwelt; hence, a delightful region or residence. A state of innocence, bliss, or ultimate happiness. Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace.

Reality n. The state or quality of being real, in distinction from mere appearance. Fact. That which is real. That which is not imagination, fiction, or pretence. The quality or state of being actual or true.

Entertainment n. That which entertains, or with which one is entertained. That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts. Amusement.  

Soap opera n. A drama, typically characterized by stock characters and situations, sentimentality, and melodrama. A series of experiences characterized by dramatic displays of emotion.

“... the world faces a catastrophic pandemic of unprecedented proportions”
World Health Organisation

“U.S. government … (offered) assurances that President Bush's administration would provide Taiwan with "sufficient defense articles for her self-defense(against China).”
Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage

“The US stands ready to do whatever it takes to protect Taiwan”
US President, GW Bush

 “The medium is the message”
Marshall McLuhan

“There was supposed to be an earth-shattering ka-boom!”
Marvin the Martin

“You are dust, and to dust you shall return”
Genesis 4:19, the Fall of Man

Pheno ratings
Characterisation intense Rules knowledge none



The Fishbowl

by Eric Henry

"Debuting tonight is The Fishbowl (Channel 13, 8:30 pm), the latest in a seemingly endless string of 'Big Brother' clones which take of a group of disparate strangers (although, if I had to make a guess, I'd say the majority of them are going to be young, telegenic extroverts) and lock them in a house where their activities are filmed 24/7, and contestants are gradually voted out. In this case, the prize on offer is $1 million for being the last one standing.

Despite the producers' promises that this will be unlike anything currently on television, I cannot see that The Fishbowl offers anything we haven't seen before, and I predict it will become yet another nail in the long overdue coffin of 'reality' TV."

The Fishbowl.

30 Contestants. One million dollars. One winner.
Could you stand the pressure of living in the Fishbowl?
Starts tonight on Channel 13 in a special two and a half hour episode.

A freeform for 30 contestants on a new reality TV show, all of them trying not to be eliminated on the first night.

Pheno ratings
Characterisation 4 Genre 3 Rules knowledge n/a
Story/plot 3 Seriousness 3 Adult content MA (probable coarse language and sexual references)