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A Mile In My Shoes

Karen Royer

This is an experiential storytelling game platform. In this version, you play the game as two sisters. Both of you have had sons that were born at about the same time. One of you will slowly recognize a difficult truth about your child as the game progresses. Your goal is to use story prompts from provided interlocking tiles and journals to develop a story about your child. The game unfolds as you take turns sharing life events and stories about your children with each other.

As a platform, A Mile In My Shoes gives both creators and players opportunities to share experiences or perspectives. Other stories have already been suggested. One is the story of a young, bipolar, single mother who struggles to complete law school despite caring for her infant child. She battles mood swings as she alternately has to get off her medication and back on. She feels alienated and worries she is alienating as well. Another story relates the bias and judgement faced by a transgender adult as he labores through reassignment surgery and subsequent complications. A Mile In My Shoes will fit anyone who has a story and a need to tell.

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