Bell The Cat (Politics and Cheese!) (1997, Interactivities Ink)

  • By Mike Young

This scenario is a gathering of mice in a panel inside the wall. Outside, in the room, lies a multitude of cheese, sausage, and other foods. Unfortunately, patrolling around the food is a large, hungry cat. If the cat were belled, the mice could hear it coming and escape, but who is to bell the cat?

A couple of considerations: First, whichever mouse goes to bell the cat will die! It doesn't matter if you are super-powered or a toon or have a very clever plan. You might succeed in belling the cat, but you will perish in the process. Nastily. Painfully. Secondly, if nobody is chosen to bell the cat, you will all die. Slowly. Of starvation. Or the cat will catch you because it is silent and undetectable. So, who will bell the cat?

The mice have met to decide that very question. However, the onechosen to bell the cat must be voted upon unanimously - not counting abstentions. You are welcome to decide speaking order or public or private ballots as you wish, but the vote must be unanimous. The chosen mouse must have some sort of plan in mind, or he or she will fail completely.

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