from the Introduction
This is a game about not getting out alive.
At its simplest, Shakespeare’s comedies end in a wedding, and his tragedies end in a bloodbath. In this game, your character will and must die. Your primary goal is to frame the story so that that after the cataclysmic destruction of the main characters in the final scene, your character’s goals are achieved.
On the way to inevitable death, each character lives through a series of scenes. A player who dominates a scene creates Plot Elements, used to frame the final conflict. Successfully framing the final conflict gives the player the right to act as narrator for the story’s epilogue.