Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a game by designer Daniel Solis and published by Evil Hat Productions. The game comes as a beautiful and well-written little harback book that allows a group of players to tell fun and funny stories about young people trying to do the right thing and help people while getting themselves in and out of trouble.
As it turns out, I wrote one teeny tiny part of the book (most of page 37), but until Sunday I had never actually played the game. Finally, after having the game for a few weeks, I was able to round up the family and we all set to telling a fun story. Others have already explained how the game goes better than I can, but essentially, everyone playes by creating a character (a Pilgrim) to be part of the story. The story is about solving a problem that someone has written a letter about (my contribution was one such letter). Each person takes a turn being the storyteller, while everyone else gets to decide how people get into trouble (the troublemakers). Play passes until the problem at the heart of of the game is solved with a happy ending or an unhappy ending. We managed to achieve a happy ending in our first play.
The Pilgrims were Clumsy Kitten (Fiona), Foolish Tiger (Ian), Zany Panda (Evan) and Friendly Gecko (Laura). We were asked to solve the letter entitled "Is it Safe to Allow Cabbages on Roller Coasters?"(page 31 in the main book).
Here is the story we told:
Pilgrim Friendly Gecko climbed up the side of the rollercoasterat the amusement park to check its maintenance. But, Pilgrim Friendly Geck talks to the Talking Sky Cabbages and makes them uncomfortable by being too friendly and smiley because they are pessimistic cabbages. Pilgrim Clumsy Kitten helps by making sure that the thousand thugs of the Coleslaw Front don't come into the amusement park and warms everyone if they try to come in by purring loundly. Unfortunately, Pilgrim Clumsy Kitten knocks a modified cart into a Talkin Sky Cabbage, starting a riot. Pilgrim Zany Panda helps to calm down the Talking Sky Cabbages by giving each one a big panda hug, rescuing Pilgrim Clumsy Kitten.
One of the Coleslaw Front is disguised as a giant cabbage and is so freaked out because Zany Panda gave him a panda hug that he attacks Zany Panda. Suddenly Pligrim Foolish Tiger leaps on the Coleslaw Front member and saves Zany Panda. In his eagerness to save Zany Panda, Goolish Tiger trips into the controls of a nearby ride and sends the tallest, fastest rollercoaster into heartpounding action! Bystandards start screaming and Pilgrim Friendly Gecko quickly climbs back down the rollercoaster. Pilgrim Friendly Gecko decides to find George and she talks him into letting her see him in the Executive Bathroom. However George sees how friendly she is and decides to lock her in with him.
Pilgrim Clumsy Kitten helps Hazel Harrington by stalling the Cabbages and purring for traffic control on the bumper cars, because Cabbages don't like bumping. It is going well until the Coleslaw Front gets on the ride with the Cabbages and Clumsy Kitten knocks the controls up to "Greased Lightning" speed. Zany Panda thinks that it is so hilarious that he picks up Hazel Harrington and flies them behind the controls of one of the bumper cars. Pilgrim Foolish Tiger leaps off the ride and into line at the bumper cars. A six-foot wide Cabbage rolls on top of Foolish Tiger because he cut in line.
Pilgrim Friendly Gecko opens the windo of the executive bathroom and flies away from George.
Clumsy Kitten purrs loudly and flies to the control panel and turns the bumper car ride off. Pilgrim Zay Panda reassures Ms. Harrington with a hug and politely helps her off the ride in front of the Cabbages and the Coleslaw Terrorists. Zany Panda smiles happily while Hazel Harrington takes offense to his hugs and slaps him!
Foolish Tiger lauches the Cabbage off of him and into the air! Unfortunately, the now flying Cabbage goes through the open window of the executive bathroom and the cabbage lands on the despondent George.
Pilgrim Friendly Gecko takes Hazel Harrington for a ride on the merry-go-round to cheer her up, so she's not mad at Zany Panda anymore. The Cabbages, who were unfomfortable with Friendly Gecko before, now see her laughing and smiling with Hazel and think Friendly Gecko is making fun of them so them demand to speak to Goerge.
Pilgrim Clumsy Kitten flies to help George so he will not be mad at Foolish Tiger, but when she purrs at the six-foot tall Cabbage, it gets scared and falls out the window! Zany Panda rushes over to correct Clumsy Kitten's accident so there is not another riot at Popsicore Park and uses his cushy cuddly body to break the Cabbage President's fall. This pushes him into the new underground ride which was made especially for the Sky Cabbages. Foolish tiger scares away the Coleslaw Front terrorists out from the park.
After the hardcore Coleslaw Front leaders leave, the Pilgrims help the rest who rode the bumper cards and had fun with the Cabbages become friends and pay to become yearly members of the park. Hazel becomes the general manager of the park and Geroge comes out of the executive bathroom and everyone becomes Facebook Friends.