If you’ve written an email to a friend, spouse or lover, chances are you’ve gone through a few drafts.
“How do I address him?” “Should I be so callous?” “Maybe I shouldn’t close with a joke?”
“How would she read this part?”
“Too many exclamation marks!”
“I don’t want to sound flippant.”
“How shall I sign this?”
The decisions we make, and the letter we eventually send, say a lot about us. But they don’t tell the whole story. Indeed, it’s the questions we ask, the rough drafts of our carefully controlled final message, that reveal a good deal about who we truly are.
In the game, you play as a number of different characters in 18th century France. A husband, Henri, has sent his wife into the country for reasons that are revealed over the course of the story. Several characters write letters to one another about their circumstances, and players are given the option to change and re-write their letters. With each rewrite comes the character’s thoughts on why they might want to re-word the letter, like so:
It’s through these re-writes that we come to know the main characters, as well as the circumstances surrounding them. First Draft of the Revolution is a marvel — an exploration of the space between the mind and the page the likes of which I’ve never experienced. Go play it!