Monday night I had the delicious pleasure to play out an Argentine Tango inspired combat scene in a game of Spycraft. For those who are unfamiliar with Spycraft, it’s a role-playing game in which each person gets to play a spy of their own design (face man, intruder, kick-butt action hero, etc…). In our game we’re all playing teenagers enrolled in a special spy academy, kind of like Xavier’s School for Talented Youngsters. I won’t go into the details of how we got to the combat scene…they’re complicated…but it suffices to say that the lady (my spy character) had been “done wrong” and, like any good spy, was looking for a little payback. And when spies are pissed, they must tango.
“When last we danced, we were a team…now, we are adversaries.”
We stepped into frame and grappled our way across the floor. We used lustradas, voleos and rondes to trip or kick one another. He whipped me out to put me off balance and along the way I relieved him of his belt (we all know teenage boys with their too-loose pants…they were soon around his ankles). He dipped me to the ground with extreme prejudice. I attempted to do a back somersault out of his embrace, but mostly succeeded in landing on my back with my partner kneeling over me. He though I was prone, but the final move was mine…head butt to the crotch (hey, I was mad and this was war!). Out for the count.