A sneak peek: Real Life 2022

Join the Arcanists and me at their fundraiser this Saturday to play! 😁

In 2016, I went to a brand new performance/experience called the Tarot Reading. It was Halloween, so I dressed like Steven Universe and carried a hamburger backpack and a small page from a notebook - my sacrifice required to enter the performance space. I won’t try to explain it all here, but Tarot was an outstanding experience. I walked away with an envelope of wishes and a deeeeeeep desire to work with everyone involved.

This year, the team behind the (5) Tarot Readings asked me to create an interactive piece based on that sacrifice to present at their fundraiser this Saturday. You can catch the full experience at the fundraiser itself, but I wanted to share a “character sheet” I made for the piece (it’s 2019-me).

It’s been a wild ride since 2016 and so many things have changed for me. I’d love to share a little of that with each of you and explore how you might like to level up in the next three years. Come make a character sheet with me! You’ll even get brunch outta it!

FYI the Tarot folx have made it clear that if you want to come to the fundraiser but the price isn’t accessible for you, they can help make it work. Message them on Facebook here, or use their contact form here.

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Image description: A somewhat futuristic character sheet that reads “REAL LIFE 2019” at the top. The sheet contains the following sections, filled out.

LOOK: a cartoon drawing of me
NAME: Britt
GENDER & PRONOUNS: Non-binary / they/them
TRAITS: Willpower (shaded in), Flexibility, Connection (filled in), Street Smarts, Book Smarts, and Confidence (crossed out)
STARTING MOVE: The Problem-solver - When you spend time preparing, you are better able than others to deal with any unexpected problems that may arise.
LEVEL 3 MOVE: Inspire Play - When you develop a work for others, you inspire them to create their own worlds and find camaraderie with each other through play.
BONDS: Something I kept in 2019 - playing games with friends, Something I left behind by 2019 - Assigned Gender WHAT’S GOOD

A mechanical pencil rests on the sheet. Under the sheet, another one peeks out reading “REAL LIFE 2022.” To the left of the papers is a pencil cup holding writing utensils and a small trans flag. To the right of the papers are some small iron on patches with star patterns on them (from the game Heave Will Be Mine).


Britt A Willis writes this newsletter and is a playwright, game writer, and designer in Washington, DC. You can find out more about their work at brittawillis.com or follow them on Twitter @feelingfickle.