How to play 1Step Forward, 2Steps Back, a netprov
- Make a character in Twitter (see tips below).
- Tweet about your daily regress at bakstepping using hashtag #baksteps . Report your current number of #baksteps. Humble-brag! Respond to others: Jealous-encourage them! Compare your data to others and find yourself both superior and lacking. Put on a brave front!
- Then… in solitude… you can Tweet to #baksteps using the word “Selflog:” and reveal your character’s innermost doubts, a kind of soul-searching, intimate private workout journal.
Themes of This Netprov
- Motivation & Our Motivation Systems: What de/motivates us.
- Scoreboards: The many points-based games we play with ourselves. Can we win? How would winning make us feel?
- When self-improvement = self-destruction
- Forestalling Happiness (always 1 Bakstep away!!)
- The voices in our heads that build us up and tear us down.
Tips for Making a Character
- Players can be themselves or be somebody else.
- You can use your own regular Twitter account or make a new one.
- You can be a Regular Character or, if you want, a Personal Strainer.
- We’re aiming for 1 Personal Strainer for ever 4 Regular Characters
Regular Character Inspirations
- What is this character’s goal?
- What is the downside of this character’s goal?
- What do they have in their personal life that relates/complements/contrasts their workout life?
- Consider still-life images of objects (not a selfie), representing how far you are from living up to your goal
- Consider a video of your receding goal, filmed over your shoulder as you walk away (5 seconds of video)
Personal Strainer Inspirations
- What kind of trainer is your character?
- Withholding? Comparer? Nagging? Tough-lover? Disappointed Mentor?
- What in their personal life is giving them the personality they have?
- What might their character arc be over the course of the netprov?
Personal Strainer Pro Tips
- Keep your strainees just barely out of reach of their goals.
- Throw in random disqualifications for their own good.
- Lavish them with faint praise: “Pretty decent effort.” “You learned a lot for next time.”
- Studies show passive aggression is far more effective than outright trash talk: “Hey. Good ‘progress.’ Let’s discuss definition of progress.“ “Doing great at leaving room for improvement!” “Seems like someone is trying to impress me.”
- Observe what they do and act like you don’t see it. If they get up early encourage them to “get up early!”
- Make it about you, rather than them: “Looking at your numbers I guess I’m a poor motivator, ‘sorry.’ “
- Guilt trip them: “It feels like you guys are trying to get me fired.”
- Make them crave your approval: “You’re reminding me: The last group I had was absolutely outstanding! Sigh.” “Everyone: all the others in your group are outperforming you! Look alive!”