Roaches and Tenure

Oh, I think I’m going to have to try this game: The Shab al-Hiri Roach

“The Shab-al-Hiri Roach is a dark comedy of manners, lampooning academia and asking players to answer a difficult question – are you willing to swallow a soul-eating telepathic insect bent on destroying human civilization?

No?

Even if it will get you tenure?”

From a review at RPGnet:

In the Shab al-Hiri Roach, you play professors desperately seeking to advance their own reputation on campus, preferably by showing up their colleagues. Complicating this, an ancient telepathic species of roach has been released on campus and is now seeking out slaves to rebuild its long-dead empire. While you can always invite the roach to enslave your mind, it sometimes takes up residence there uninvited.”

Alas, the most likely place that I’ll find a bunch of academics willing to try this is at the next entomology meeting–and something tells me that many of them won’t admit to participating in role-playing games.  :)

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