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PURIM, Role-Playing and The JERUSALEM GAMES

Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man 27.03.2016 01:45
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Certain similarities of the planned Jerusalem Games with the joyous Purim Holiday



HAJ Purim                                                              24-25.3.16 (Purim)  revision 13.3.17

Purim, Role-playing and the Heavenly-Aligned Jerusalem (HAJ) Games

Note - this is just a very brief draft, likely to be expanded at readers' request. 

The Purim Holiday has just made its pilgrimage, from the plain (once the Land of the Philistines) where the holiday that was celebrated yesterday, up to the Jerusalem Purim Holiday. It is a good occasion to expand a bit on this brief draft. 

Purim is a holiday that is like no other Jewish holiday (Ḥag). Walking in the streets of Jerusalem on Purim, you will see all kinds of costumes and assumed roles. This holiday is based on a Biblical Book, the scroll of Esther, which is read on occasion in the synagogues and even in street cafes (even one cafe that suffered a suicide bombing a few years ago). It is a funny story how an ancient anti-Jewish plot was turned around. It is an occasion to laugh at the customary Jewish fear for survival. This merry holiday is distinguished by competition in giving presents to each other, wearing fancy costumes and adopting an attitude of “the opposite result!” (nahaphokh hu). The name “Purim” itself has to do with a game of chance, of the throwing of some kind of dice, with as many optional acts at each point of decision as the number of faces on those dice. 

Purim is thus a good time to report certain aspects of the main project of the-HOPE Group - namely to develop a system of Games. These games can be conceived as “Multiplayer Role-Playing Games” (MMORPG [*]), a common type of computer and network games, including some of the largest games systems with millions of participants.

However, these particular Games we set to develop are pushing the idea of Role-Playing much further – into “Changing-Roles-Play” Games. The roles would be those of the historic and contemporary “Children of Abraham” - but not just the two of Ishmael (representing all sects and derivations of Islam) and Isaac (representing the Jews and/or Christians) - but up to as many as 49 roles of three generations.[2]  What this means is that there would be a plurality of perspectives and belief-systems (some of them bellicose to some others), that got to learn to live together as brothers.

Moving within a 4D (space-time) model of the Jerusalem Old City, players would at times drop to that same geographic place but in a different historic period. Jerusalem has indeed known many diverse periods (seven in these games), where a different religion was on top. Through such time passages, identities may change.[3] 

The Purim holiday is named so because of the “Pur”, which was a fate-making divination device. For the initial development of our Jerusalem Games, we use a tabletop dice game with a Chessboard-like 7X7 checkers. Each of these 49 checkers would be a gate into one of seven historic period and one of seven locations around the central shrine of Jerusalem of that period.

The Jerusalem Games Action is now under development. It would provide opportunities for fighting, however, whereas most RPG games' aim is to kill, these games would rather heal and give a higher payoff for just the opposite - culminating in The Resurrecting the Dead, which would be achieved in a systematic manner in stages at the various zones of the Old City.

If you are intrigued, you may want to be a partner for the development of these games. If so, write us at yrusalem@actcom.co.il

  



[*] https://www.techopedia.com/definition/1919/massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing-game-mmorpg

[1] In Arabic, Haj is a pilgrimage, generally to Mecca (at some short periods it was to Jerusalem). Whoever made the pilgrimage to Mecca becomes titled as “Haj”. The Arabic name “Haj” is a relative of the Hebrew Ḥag, originally pilgrimage that eventually became a general word for any of the numerous Jewish holidays.

[2] including members of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (not all Jewish), the Twelve Tribes of Ishmael (various sects of Islam or derivation) and the six sons of Abraham and Qeturah (some of the great Eastern religions).

[3]   Notably, the Biblical roles of “Israelites" (as the mountain people) versus the "Philistines” (Western invaders with more advanced weapons who occupied the plains of the land) have by now partly been reinstated (Gaza strip as Palestine) and partly changed around to the opposites of “Israelis at the plains and "Palestinians" on the mountains.

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