Continuum 2018, July, 2018, Leicester University John Foster Hall of Residence

Divide-Aid:Making the North Cool 1986

Author(s):CJ
Game EMail:chrisjensenromer AT hotmail DOT com
GM(s):
Christian "CJ" Jensen Romer    chrisjensenromer AT hotmail DOT com
Lead GM:CJ
Game System:Bespoke
Information for Players:Character sheets will be two pages maximum. It will be noisy and chaotic
Male Players:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Female Players:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Neutral Players:Min: 10 / Max: 25
Total Players: Min: 10 / Max: 25

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It's the summer of 1985, and following the immense success of Band Aid and Live Aid a number of other charity records have stormed the charts: in fact without being cynical, it's getting hard to sell records without a good cause to boost your progress up the Top 30. For a bunch of less successful acts, and those whose star is waning on the CONINUUM label things are desperate.

And then one night, Simon Rapier-Wit and his producers Schlock, Fading and Waterdown had a flash of inspiration. It seems records are not selling well in the north of England, except for The Smiths - and who the hell wants to listen to them? Thatcherite Britain has brought prosperity to the South, and left the north a bleak gladioli strewn wasteland of poverty, trouble at mill and cities that look like they the post apocalyptic Sheffield from the nuclear bomb drama THREADS.

And so a new charity record is born, and the Divide-Aid (pronounced "divided")convert planned, to raise money to make Manchester, Liverpool, Carlisle and York cool, and to import much needed glamour to the frozen north of England. A documentary style set of clips in the style of Ethiopia footage is planned, to show how awful and tragic the North of England is, and some flat cap wearing whippet owners are being rounded up as we speak to look pathetically grateful when the pop stars change their bleak and dreary lives forever!

In this game you play an 80's pop star (you'll be asked to suggest three you fancy being for casting purposes)who has absolutely no idea about the north. The players will records a charity single, writing lyrics and singing Live Aid style (or playing bongos or whatever - I'll provide a karaoke melody for you to create round), and then in Act Two appear on ToTP. The Third Act of the game is opening night in Manchester at the Free Trade Hall...

A freeform in three parts, which positively invites ludicrous stereotypes, ridiculous costumes and over the top performances. the tone is Absolutely Fabulous meets Live Aid with a strong dose of 80's nostalgia.


Jensen Romer, Christian