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I love paradigm shift moments in fiction, where someone with a firm mindset - whether religious or nonreligious - encounters something that forcibly changes that mindset. I think it's wonderful in movies and TV, but underutilized in games.

Really, lots of roleplaying games, especially in the beginning, will have a world-turns-upside-down moment that initiates the adventure, and it really should be handled this way, as should any death-and-resurrection moment. Characters that go through something life-changing should have their lives changed, and should approach such life changes with the appropriate gravity and thoughtfulness (or, failing that, denial and alcoholism, which is considerably more fun to play).

On a completely unrelated note, I'd like to point out how everyone at the table seems to be assuming that conservative Hinduism necessarily prohibits pre- and extra-marital sex, and would prevent Raj and Mia from hooking up. (After all, what else is religion for?)

Of course, Hinduism isn't a single cohesive rulebook (any more than any other religion is). As one might expect from the culture that developed the Kama Sutra, its sexual ethics are a little more comprehensive (and more practical, and more realistic, and more pleasure-focused) than a single sterile "Thou Shalt Not".

...Although, as one also might expect from human nature (and from a culture that was aggressively colonized by Victorian-era England), this doesn't necessarily mean that Jamie's portrayal is in any way inaccurate...


(Saturday evening, INT: EB and JH's apartment)

GU: Actually, I agree with Ellen.
EB: You do?
GU: Yeah. I mean, I admit, I don't know much about Hinduism, but I'm reasonably certain that their religion doesn't include an audible Beat that pervades the fabric of the universe and gives people super powers.
GU: Our characters have all, in the past thirty-six hours, had an unprecedented series of experiences that are unquestionably supernatural in origin, yet correspond to no known spiritual tradition. Regardless of our pre-existing religion, or lack thereof, we should all be in the midst of questioning and reinterpreting our beliefs in light of this new experience.
GU: I can't speak for anyone else, but Jackie is planning on spending at least a few of our hours in her cabin praying and sorting out in her mind what the implications of our adventures are, in terms of her belief in and relationship with God.
MH: That's actually an excellent point, Gina. Good roleplaying.
MH: You don't get any Mayhem points for it, though.
GU: That's fair.
MH: Unless your communal with the Supreme Being in some way involves an erotic-
GU: Nope. No, we're good. Thank you, but no.