‘The Young and the Restless’ GM fires Players, says he’ll Play Solo.
Fans of long-running Pasión de las Pasiones (Whitehack edition) Actual Play The Young and the Restless were shocked to discover that GM Josh Griffith has fired the five other players that made up the show. Griffith says that getting rid of the players is a cost-cutting move, and he will continue to play their characters for them as the show marches inexorably forward. NBC executives say this is part of their latest experiment to see how little money can be spent on a daily soap actual play. Rumors of moving to podcast-only have been floating aound since the show was offloaded from day-time TV to the Peacock streaming service.
“Listen, I know that Powered by the Apocalypse games are supposed to be about ‘playing to find out what happens,’ but sometimes what happens isn’t exactly what I had in mind,” GM Griffith said in an interview on Wednesday. “We don’t have that luxury as the only actual play on Peacock. Viewers want nonstop drama, they can’t wait around on players choosing suboptimal choices when they could just flip over their 5th Office rewatch.”
Speaking anonymously, one of the affected players says they don’t believe the actual play can survive the transition. “Josh is a fine GM, but I don’t think he realizes how much effort he’s going to get running 20+ playbooks every day of the week. We were setting up for our anniversary special, and now he has to do all those voices, and keep up a conversation between himself, never mind keeping all of the conditions that have built up over the years. There’s only so many cutaways after a hushed discussion in a hotel hallway reveals something mildly dramatic to the character, even though everyone in the audience already knew about it.” When we reached out to Griffiths for follow-up, he reassured us he had dusted off his Mythic emulator to assist him.